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 the water crisis we’ve been experiencing.
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.
Kitchen Craft 5L Sleeved Stainless Steel Compost Bin
Cut down on waste and make your household greener, with the help of this stylish and convenient compost bin from Kitchen Craft. The rust-proof stainless steel bin fits neatly on your kitchen worktop, and includes a carbon filter that keeps it odour-free. Store your used teabags, egg shells, or fruit and veggie peelings, until the bin is full; then simply tip the contents out onto your compost heap and start again. This worktop compost bin is designed to add functionality and style to your living space.
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.
Humble Bee Collapsible Water Tank
The 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.
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?
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.
Earthsap Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Because no-one likes a funky smelling bathroom. This is a great toilet bowl cleaner that will leave a pleasant peppermint scent, free of toxic fumes and vapours. With its triple action formula it cleans, decalcifies and freshens without the risk of skin burns or damage to the environment. It will not scratch, stain or harm surfaces. It can be used to clean toilets, sinks, tubs and tiles.
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Greenman G Wizz Heavy Duty Cleaner
If you ever thought natural, non-toxic cleaning products couldn’t replace aggressive, corrosive, toxic cleaners, Greenman is here to prove you wrong. G WIZZ is a biological active liquid formulation that can effectively degrade and completely break down all organic ingrained dirt, proteins, starches, fats, oils, and grease.
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Formulated to replace conventional toxic products that can harm the environment and even sewage systems and toilet functionality, Greenman G WIZZ can do everything from clean surfaces to toilets and even drains and heavy grease. It actually digests organic waste and removes odours, while being completely biodegradable and suitable for septic tanks.
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 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.