Making big changes to be sustainable in your everyday can be really hard work, making it much more likely that you abandon our good intentions all too quickly. Don't be so hard on yourself, there are lots of little baby steps you can make that can have impact and make life a little greener. Try some of these...
Hands up – who wants popcorn without the packaging? Microwave popcorn bags are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)—bad for the air and bad for you. Instead, pop the old-fashioned way in a pan on the stove with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Netflix at the ready.
Stock up your freezer
It takes a lot more energy to cool an empty space, so keeping your freezer fully stocked is more eco-friendly and will save you time and money
Choose cast-iron cookware
To make pans non-stick, manufacturers apply chemicals called fluoropolymers. Some studies have shown that this layer can release potentially harmful chemicals in to the air when you cook at high temperatures. A well-seasoned cast-iron pan side steps the issue and will last you a lifetime.
Embrace Meatless Mondays
Eating less meat isn’t just good for your health, it’s good for the planet. The meat industry generates nearly 20% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, reports the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
Get a fig plant
Fig (or to give them their proper name – ficus) plants can help keep our homes free from harmful chemicals and microbials but filtering the air and sucking up harmful pollutants emitted from paint, carpets and furniture.
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