CHICAGO (CBS) – On Earth Day we want to help you with tips on how to be more environmentally friendly in your home.
Making small changes can bring a lot of time, says health and wellness teacher Anemara Sampson of the Northwest Suburbs.
Here are her tips:
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving and washing your hands.
Turning off water while brushing your teeth can save up to three to four gallons of water per person per day. Another way to save water is to run the dishwasher instead of washing the dishes by hand.
“Don’t let the water run, you use about two gallons of water for every minute of water running,” Sampson said.
Wash clothes in cold water and use formulas designed to work in cold water.
Sampson said about 90% of the energy used by the washing machine when washing clothes goes to heat the water. Using cold water is better for the planet and your wallet.
Also, your clothes shrink less in cold water.
Use a ball dryer and then air dry your clothes while washing clothes.
Drying balls separate the laundry better than drying sheets, which allows hot air to circulate more efficiently and reduce drying time.
Drying clothes in the air consumes less energy, better for our planet and your wallet, Sampson said.
She recommends looking for eco-friendly products that are biodegradable, non-toxic and made with eco-friendly packaging.
If possible compost.
Food waste gets into the trash when it can be composted.
Sampson said compost bins are affordable and help us stop treating food waste as “garbage”.
Choose environmentally friendly, non-toxic, non-harsh personal care products.
You want to avoid phthalates, parabens and microplastics.
Sampson said many common household chemicals used in personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorants, shampoos, skin care products and cosmetics are destructive endocrine products, come in non-recyclable packaging. and cause skin irritation.
Sampson said disposable plastic products are not biodegradable, only 9% of plastic waste is recyclable. So she said it’s important to consider the products we buy and use.