7 Cool Ways to Clean Up Your Act

By: Kerry Biddle

Everyone can make a few small lifestyle changes to the benefit of the environment…and their pocket.

1. Carry a stainless steel or bamboo reusable straw in your bag and say no to plastic straws in your drinks. You can also carry a portable set of cutlery in a neat little case and forgo the rickety plastic jobs.

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2. Take your own container with you if you want a takeout. Not only is it much better for your health and the environment, but some places offer a small discount if you take your own. Check first if they will allow this, because with health restrictions, it may not be possible right now.

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3. To remove at least one set of artificial or non-biodegradable chemicals from your home, make your own fabric softener. Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and lightly spritz your laundry before putting it into the dryer. Not to worry, the vinegar will evaporate in the heat so you won’t be walking around smelling like a packet of fish and chips. Your laundry will come out soft and fresh.

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4. Detoxify your whole body with a soothing foot soak. Put 2 tablespoons of rock salt into warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Finish off with an olive or almond oil massage. You can add a drop of your favourite essential oil if you wish.


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5. For glowing skin, use coconut oil as a cleanser. Massage a small amount into your face and then pat off gently with a warm facecloth. Avoid if you are suffering from acne though.

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6. Keep perfectly good fabrics out of the landfill. Donate clothing and linens to charity, or arrange a neighbourhood meet ’n swop, which is particularly useful for children’s clothing.

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7. Choose to shop in places that have zero or little packaging, and select products from sustainable brands. As more people are becoming environmentally aware, so more businesses are catering to these changes, with positive results.

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Kerry Biddle lives on tea and the smell of old books and she lives for travel and writing. B2B copywriting is her bread and butter, but writing about gardening and fixing things is her heart. You could say Kerry’s a wild woman with a toolbox.