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airfresheners

It's pretty easy to ditch common air fresheners' plastic casing/packaging + artificial fragrance concoctions. Going the DIY route or using straight baking soda lets you be aware of ingredients (you can easily go an all-natural route based on spices, herbs, and fruit for DIY) and allows you to avoid unnecessary single-use plastic.

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drying clothes

While washing and drying machines have become more energy and water efficient over the years, the total amount of energy used to launder clothes keeps going up because we rely on dryers now more than ever. As part of looking at the laundry experience, let's improve our drying habits.

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dish scrubbing

While a great first step is examining the soap you use to clean dishes, next you should consider the implement you're using. Common grocery store scrubber brushes are usually made from non-biodegradable plastic and have a short lifespan before becoming unusable. Learn more...

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hand soap

Washing your hands is an unavoidable and necessary task (for both cleanliness + health), but we can be sustainable when thinking of both the ingredients and packaging. Ditching packaging whenever possible is ideal, and there's a lot to consider when thinking about the sourcing and usage of certain ingredients. Learn more...

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trash bags

Like many topics before, trash bag issues center around the use of virgin plastic and plastic pollution in the environment. Since trash bags are picked up stuffed with wet garbage, they’re never separated from their contents and the plastic goes straight to the landfill or incinerator. Learn more...

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dog poo

Dog poo isn’t just unsightly and gross, but can cause dead spots on lawns and contaminates our water supply with a plethora of diseases, viruses, and parasites. While estimates range, a good guess would be that in the US, dogs produce about 10.6 million tons of poop per year! Learn more...

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dish soap

The impact your dish soap has varies depending on local/state laws where you live. Potential causes for concern: phosphates causing algal blooms, the plastic container may not be recyclable, and your water treatment plant may not filter out all chemical ingredients. Learn more...

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paper towels

Paper towel usage has a huge impact on the number of trees cut down, pollution (from chemicals used during the process), and landfill waste (about 3,000 tons in the US). If every household in the US made the decision to use one less roll, we could save up to ~544,000 trees a year! Learn more...

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laundry detergent

Chemical ingredients used in laundry detergent can be toxic to aquatic organisms and algae, persist in the environment longer than intended, cause eutrophication of freshwater, and are likely linked to health problems in humans

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