Go Green. 8 Products To Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly
You may think being environmentally friendly isn’t cool, but it’s necessary. We’ve seen it first hand in South Africa with Cape Town set to be the first major city to run out of water.
But it’s not just SA. Calls to be more aware of our effect on the environment are being heard all over the world. People and companies are making major moves to save the planet; by getting rid of straws, single-use plastics, and a whole lot more. And the easiest place to start? Right at home.
If you don’t want to do it for the environment, think about yourself. Going green provides major benefits to you. You will save money on your electricity and water bill by tweaking your habits instead of putting in major effort. Think, throwing away your food scraps into a compost bin instead of your kitchen bin. Not difficult at all now is it?
There’s also health benefits. Replacing all those chemical products with natural, less toxic ones will mean you breathing in less chemicals. And if you have children or pets, that’s great for them.
These eight products are not only fashionable, they’re functional too. Add these green gadgets to your home and you’ll be saving money and the environment at the same time. Now that’s a win for everyone.
Bottled water can be up to 10 000 times more expensive than tap water which can put a serious and unnecessary burden on your wallet. It's not even the fact that you're pouring your money down the drain, it's extremely damaging to the environment.
Every single day in South Africa 6 million bottles are dumped. 6 MILLION BOTTLES! And the fact that it takes a plastic bottle 700 years to break down, makes it a whole lot worse. The great thing is you don't have to choose between saving the environment and enjoying clean, purified and healthy water.
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It's been 50 years since BRITA invented the first water filter. Since then they've created water technology that washes away all the other competition.
They have a Fill & Go Active Filter Bottle for the gym goers and trail blazers (Buy It Here). For the entertainer and braai master there's the Fill & Serve Carafe (Buy It Here). And of course there's the everyday classic you need for your fridge, the Marella Jug (Buy It Here). Each BRITA product has a filter in it so you can fill it with tap water and enjoy the filtered water straight from your BRITA, no effort require. Easy and effortless? Yes. Fashionable and high-tech? Damaging to the environment? Not at all.
Sesame Sensor-Touch Kitchen Bin
This stainless steel bin is going to revolutionize the way you recycle. It has two compartments built in so you can say goodbye to sorting out your rubbish by hand. It opens automatically, locks in odours and prevents cross-contamination of germs which makes recycling more hygienic. The Sesame has a capacity of 70 litres and the stainless steel finish makes it look stylish and sophisticated. Who said going green wasn’t glamorous?
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(R2 495, Buy It Here)
Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin
This compost bin can help you recycle your big items like cans and bottles, but what about your food scraps? The Chef’n EcoCrook Compost Bin is the perfect accessory for your kitchen counter. Place your uneaten food scraps into the inner green bucket that seals inside. The compost bin has a 3 litre capacity and a vented lid with a charcoal filter so that no bad smells can creep out into your kitchen. When it's full you empty it into your compost heap. Your garden and environment will thank you for it.
(R899, Buy It Here)
Humble Bee Collapsible Water Tank
The Western Cape's water crisis has shed light on our water usage around the country. People have become more conscious of the sheer volume of water they are consuming and making an effort to cut down on this. JoJo tanks have been popping up everywhere, but you may not want is as a permanent feature in your garden.
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The Humble Bee tank is perfect for people who want to store water but be able to store the tank away when needed. This tank is collapsible and is a stress-free set up (it requires no tools). With a storage capacity of 750 litres and a zipper top that makes it super easy to access, it’s never been a better time to store water.
(R1 750, Buy It Here)
EcoFlow Water-Saving Showerhead
Another area you can afford to save water? Your showers. With the winter chill settling in, it's getting harder to step out that hot shower. But you still need to cut down your shower time and water usage.
EcoFlow has an assortment of products to help you do just that. Their shower head helps you use up to 40% less water than ordinary water-saving shower heads. There are three different flow rates you can choose from: 2l/min, 4l/min and 6l/min.
And Faithful To Nature is running a special at the moment– if you buy an EcoFlow shower head, you get an adjustable aerator for your tap for free. Quick, get them before they're gone!
(R249, Buy It Here)
Organico Foaming Toilet Treatment
Most people aren’t aware that each time you flush your toilet, between 7 and 9 litres of fresh, drinkable water goes straight into the sewerage system. But a lot of people don’t want to follow the ‘if it’s yellow’ rule, mostly because it’s unhygienic and creates a foul-smelling odour. In an effort to help you go green and still be clean, Organico has created a product so you can let everything mellow (and we mean everything) without any smell. The average home will only have to flush around once a day.
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Organico’s 100% natural ingredients break down human waste, kill germs and leave toilets smelling fresh. So, you can Skip The Flush. Is it safe? Yes! Organico contains only natural enzymes, micro-organisms and bacteria that aren’t harmful to people, animals, plant life or the environment.
Organico will be available in a strip of 5 single dose 20g sachets (R19.99), a 100g pouch (R19.99) and a spray trigger bottle (R39.99). It will be on shelf in all major retail outlets from 1 July 2018. Yes, you're one of the first to hear about this clean machine. You can thank us later.
Bacterrorist Enzyme Cleaner
The products we use to clean our homes have a worrying amount of chemicals and toxic substances in them. But Bacterrorist is made from good bacteria that releases enzymes rather than harsh chemicals. It’s completely planet and pocket-friendly and has no petrochemicals, phosphates, chlorine, dyes or artificial fragrances.
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It’s suitable for most surfaces including stainless steel, glass, marble and tiles. It’s great for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and crushes the dirt in your drains. Make your home, your environment, your pocket and your body happy by going green to clean.
(R270.18, Buy It Here)
Spindel Eco Laundry Dryer
As winter approaches, clothes take longer to dry on the washing line. Tumble dryers aren't easy on the environment or your electricity bill but no one likes the smell of damp clothes. The Spindel Eco Laundry Dry has a capacity of 6.5kgs and uses centrifugal force instead of heat to remove excess moisture.
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Your laundry will also dry cleaner and feel better because it extracts residual detergent and mineral deposits that have been left behind. Best part? It’s safe for all fabrics. There’s no need to waste electricity or time hanging your washing on the line.
(R 2 599, Buy It Here)