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Small Eco Swaps That Can Help Save The Planet!

Earth is our home. Our only home and that means it falls to each and every one of us to do what we can to take care of it. Now, not everyone has time to chain themselves to trees in the Amazonian Rainforest or catch a ride on the Rainbow Warrior to save the Whales. However, there are some small things that each of us can do that can help to save the planet. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Reusable straws

What harm could one plastic straw do to the environment? Well, times that by  500 million which is the estimated amount of straws used a day in the US alone, and you can see why they are such a problem! 

Of course, straws made of plastic behave just like any other plastic product, degrading slowly and releasing pollutants into the environment around them. 

Fortunately, there are many more ecologically sound options available. The first of these is the paper straw, although many people complain that they get soggy too quickly. With this in mind, you may be better off choosing a reusable bamboo straw, that you can wash in between uses. 

Reusable period products 

In a similar way to how we view diapers in the US, period products such as tampons and pads are traditionally single-use and disposable. Of course, many of us are under the mistaken impression that they have to be for the sake of hygiene, however, this is not the case at all. 

Instead, there is a wide range of reusable period products available, that are both sanitary, and much better for the environment as they create less waste. One of the most famous of these is the moon cup, a silicon cup that can be used in the place of a tampon and washed and sanitized between usages. 

Additionally, many companies are now offering reusable sanitary pads made from moisture-wicking bamboo, or soft cotton. The advantages of which include more breathability, and a reduction of harsh chemicals being used in the production process, and being used next to our skin. 

You can even get specially crafted underwear for periods now. Underwear that can be used in place of pads or tampons, and popped into your normal washing load. Of course, the benefits of this option are huge and include way less waste in manufacture and disposal, not to mention the fact that you will never end up being caught short without a pad or tampon, again! 

Wooden toothbrushes

We all know that disposable plastics such as toothbrushes create a huge burden on the environment. After all, they take up valuable resources in their manufacture, and then take 100s of years to decompose, polluting the environment and ecosystems around them while they do this. 

The good news is that there is now a much more ecologically sound option – wooden toothbrushes. Of course, they aren’t just made from any old wood but often use bamboo instead. A material that is both sustainable and hygienic, Oh and of course it will decompose much faster and more cleanly than any plastic! 

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