Green Your Home Part Two
GREEN YOUR BATHROOM
Fixture update: Your bathroom is the biggest water hog in your house, accounting for half of all H20 used inside of a home. Protect this precious resource by seeking out faucets, showers, and toilets that carry the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. These environmentally friendly fixtures use about 20 percent less water than average to help you save 7,000 gallons of water annually (enough to wash 6 months’ worth of laundry).
Plants such as Aloe can help filter out toxins in your air supply: This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
Go Organic Sheeting (and prepare to never go back): Coyuchi’s sheets are made of 100% organic cotton and use only natural fibers, all of which are produced using a nontoxic production process certified to either the OEKO-TEX standard or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This means there are no toxic dyes, bleaches or finishes used to make conventional textiles. Coyuchi believes that fibers are best for us when kept closest to their natural state, and sheeting is one of the most important fibers we encounter.
Turn your food scraps into rich compost: Many people wouldn’t even think twice before throwing out their egg shells, banana peels, apple cores or peeled veggies. Taking your kitchen scraps and turning them into compost is an easy way to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we release into our environment. By composting, we can naturally add nutrients to soil allowing for the Earth to obtain more carbon.