How to make your home more Eco

Unilever have recently made a pledge to halve the environmental impact of its products over the next 10 years. The decision to go green will be seen not just in the reduction of their carbon dioxide emissions and waste, but it will also reduce the impact caused by their suppliers and customers. It’s a huge step to see conglomerates and governments realizing that there is a problem and promising to change their ways. Although the schemes might take time to put into action, every little helps, from individuals to global corporations, each and everyone can make a difference, just by making a few small changes.
Going eco doesn’t have to be a drag or mean that you have to make do with second rate products. There is now a great range of goods on the market that are kind to the environment from cosmetics to toiletries and light bulbs to cleaning products.

To help you kick start your eco regime, we’ve put together a few ideas:

  1. Switch from standard light bulbs to ‘daylight energy saving bulbs’. They are more efficient, so in the long run you will need fewer, saving you money on all counts!
  2. Discard aerosols and furniture polishes, you can use a small amount of olive oil or use something like ‘citra-wood’. It’s made from natural soybean oil and pure orange, so smells natural too!
  3. Stop using chemical detergents, and swap to natural suds or use an ‘Aquaball’. They are efficient at removing stains, are kind to skin and are cost effective.
  4. Use moisturizers and soaps that are made with natural ingredients.The chemicals in many brands are not only harmful to you, but to the environment as well!
  5. Insulate your floor. It is said that 15% of household heat is lost through the floor, so if you are thinking of redecorating, add wool insulation. Your house will be warmer, and you’ll save money on heating bills!
  6. Use metal water bottles. Plastic bottles are not good for you, and by switching to metal you can reuse the bottle over and over.
  7. Compost!! Any vegetable or fruit scraps such as peel can go into your compost! It will reduce garbage and your plants will love it too!
  8. Reuse your shopping bags! Thankfully most shops have set up programs to incentivise their customers to recycle and reuse their bags. There are lots of great ideas out there too, from hemp bags to pocket size fold-away bags there’s an option to suit everyone’s needs!
  9. Use chemical free paint. It will stop the room from stinking too.
  10. Attach water saver faucets to your taps and toilets! It makes them more efficient and will also save your money on your bill.

Author: Steven Chasen

Here at Eco Hip we have a simple philosophyTo offer you the best natural products around, so that you can maintain a chemical-free home, body and spirit.For 15 years we have been striving to give people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this lifestyle, using our knowledge and experience to guide you through the process from start to finish. We believe that there is a complete synergy between what is best for you and what is best for the environment.Do you ever stop and think about what goes into the products that we use on a daily basis?Did you know that everyday products such as toiletries and cosmetics are filled with harmful petro-chemicals, parabens, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, artificial colours, fragrances and fillers. The list goes on…Why aren’t there stricter regulations concerning these products?Are the waste products of industry being dumped and sold in our personal care and cleaning products?Who is stopping this and telling it how it is?We feel that we have a responsibility to both our customers and to the world around us to ask ourselves these questions every day. That is why we only sell the most responsible and sustainable products.Responsibility to ourselves – All our products are free of toxic chemicals wherever possible and endorsed by Ecocert and the Soil Association.Responsibility to others – We promote Fairtrade produce to stop exploitation and benefit those communities.Responsibility to local communities – We use local suppliers and products wherever possible in order to support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprintResponsibility to the environment – All our products use minimal packaging and recyclable materials. Responsibility to the future – We use sustainable materials and ingredients wherever possible.Responsibility to animals – We do not use any products that have animal ingredients or are tested on animals. Our products are certified as cruelty-free and are endorsed by BUAV and PETA.There doesn’t have to be a trade off between affordability and healthy living either. The choices we make now will impact our future, and we want to ensure that the investments you make now will save you money in the long-term.Sustainability doesn’t just have to connote the environment, but your own household too.In the age of information overload that we live in, we know that shopping online can sometimes be overwhelming, so we carefully source our products, selecting only the highest quality ingredients and most innovative designs, so that you don’t have to.Ecohip is more than just another online shopping website. The Ecohip mindset is all about challenging conventional thinking and finding a new way of looking at the world, believing that smalls steps can gradually add up to make a big difference.

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