The first hint of warmth in the air is always welcomed with anticipation of sunny days, clear skies, and a burst of new life and greenery after the long, cold winter. Traditionally, housewives would get ready to clean the house from top to bottom to get rid of the accumulated soot and grime. These black remnants typically came from the wood fires burning to keep the house warm and settled on every surface. In present times, even though technology has eliminated the soot (Thank Goodness for gas heating!), people still like to welcome the change of season with a thorough spring cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Usually Means Getting Rid of Clutter
While dusting, vacuuming, and washing is, of course, the point behind the while exercise, many people like to take this time to get rid of clutter. During the customary spring cleaning, you can rid the house of the old, worn, broken, and useless stuff that you haven’t used in ages. Not only can you seize the perfect opportunity to go shopping, but quite a few still usable items can find new homes if donated to charity.
This spring, we have a new theme – to rid your home of the toxic plastic and chemical-laden items that you use on a daily basis. How about replacing them with green and organic products that will likely cause far less damage to your family’s health, pets included. Let’s take a quick look at some of the plastic clutter that can make its way to the recycling pile for disposing of safely.
How About We Begin with the Kitchen
Given that the kitchen is the heart of your home, you’ll want to begin by checking the utensils your family uses along with the cooking pots and pans. Eating and drinking off plastic is, no doubt, highly-convenient, but it exposes your family to the chemicals in the containers. Each time your pour a hot drink into a plastic glass or serve a piping hot portion of food onto a plastic plate, some of the bisphenol A and a class of chemicals called phthalates leaches into the food. Should you check the One Green Planet website, you’ll be shocked to learn about how these toxins affect your health.
A safer alternative is to switch to reusable ceramic plates, glass and stainless steel containers for drinking beverages, and for storing and cooking meals. Even if you must cook by microwaving or store leftover food, you may want to choose glass jars and bowls that will not release chemicals into their contents. And, when it comes to silverware, get rid of the plastic and always opt for food-grade stainless steel. So, this season, when you begin spring cleaning, clean up the toxins in your kitchen by phasing out all that plastic.
Let’s Talk About Going Shopping
Shopping is another of the favorite activities that everyone loves. But, have you given a second thought to the plastic bags you bring home from the stores? Even if you religiously reuse them until they’re torn, remember that they will end up polluting the earth at the end of their lifecycle. This spring, think about how you can clean up the earth by opting for reusable cotton and burlap shopping bags. Yes, they have a fixed lifespan too. But, when they reach landfills, they’ll disintegrate over time without leaving behind pollutants.
Aside from shopping bags, you can easily choose reusable tote bags, boutique bags, grocery bags, beach bags, and various others that look utterly trendy and show off your commitment to the environment. Use the bags to carry wine or bring presents to loved ones. And, each time you load up a cotton grocery tote and decline a paper bag, you’ll prevent a tree from getting cut down. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
So, when you get home from the stores, you’ll have more than retail therapy to make you happy. Revel in the fact that you did your bit for the environment today!
How About Inculcating Green Habits in Your Kids
When initiating the spring cleaning in your home, get your kids to join in the fun. Grab this time to teach them more about saving the planet by switching to green backpacks and school supplies. Eco-friendly school bags make for great displays at show-and-tell as do refillable steel bottles that kids can carry for beverages – not just to school, but any other place. You can also encourage them to carry folders and journals with fabric binding in place of plastic. The small switches and lessons you inculcate in them today can make a world of difference in their lives as adults.
Consider Adopting Green Fabrics for Use Around the House
If your spring cleaning this season involves getting new cushions, runners, and towels for the house, you could consider opting for cotton in place of synthetics. Whether you need to buy towels for that upcoming beach vacation or smaller ones for your workout or sports sessions, go for pure, biodegradable cotton instead of mixed fibers.
Did you know that every time you wash clothing, the tiny microfibers that are released make their way through the drains to the rivers and then, the seas? Here they cause serious harm to the tiny plankton and other sea creatures that ingest them. Each time you dine on seafood, you could be consuming those fibers with your food? Scary, isn’t it? So, maybe, you could do your part for spring cleaning the oceans and environment by choosing natural fibers that will simply degrade in a few months.
Begin a Spring Cleaning of the Earth!
This season, focus your spring cleaning efforts on not just your home, but the home we all live in – Planet Earth! For more information about how you can switch to greener products and make a difference for the future residents of your home, check out our collection at www.carrygreen.com We also welcome queries at this number: 888-743-3129. Our consultants are standing by to assist you.