Going green doesn’t have to mean completely overhauling your lifestyle. There are small, unusual changes you can make that have a surprisingly big impact on the environment. Here are 7 weird ways to go green without changing your daily habits:
1. Install a Composting Toilet
Traditional flush toilets waste a massive amount of water – over 20 gallons per person per day! Composting toilets are a waterless alternative that turn your waste into usable compost.
While the idea may seem strange, composting toilets are safe and odorless. The finished compost can be used to fertilize non-edible plants in your garden. Installation is straightforward, similar to any other toilet.
Switching to a waterless toilet saves thousands of gallons of water per year. It’s one of the easiest ways to make your home eco-friendly without changing daily habits.
2. Use Reusable Paper Towels
Paper towels are incredibly wasteful and expensive. The average household uses around 1500 paper towels per year.
An easy alternative is to use reusable paper towels, often called unpaper towels. These are made of highly absorbent fabric like bamboo or microfiber.
Simply throw the towels in the wash after use. Each one replaces dozens of disposable paper towels over its lifetime.
It may seem unhygienic at first. However, reusable paper towels are effective at drying hands and absorbing spills. Keep separate towels for kitchen and bathroom use.
3. Switch to a Safety Razor
Plastic disposable razors are hard to recycle and add tons of waste to landfills. Not to mention, replacement cartridges are expensive!
Using a safety razor like your grandpa did is much greener and cheaper long-term. The handles are metal and last forever, with replaceable razor blades that cost just pennies apiece.
Safety razors give a close shave and minimize irritation. There is a small learning curve, but single blade razors are easy to master. Ditch the plastic for this old-school eco-friendly alternative.
4. Upcycle Used Coffee Grounds
If you drink coffee daily, those used coffee grounds can be put to use instead of getting tossed in the trash.
Used coffee grounds are a source of free plant fertilizer. The grounds are high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which are nutrients plants thrive on.
Sprinkle the grounds lightly on top of soil in your garden or houseplants. You can also mix grounds into compost for an organic nutrient boost.
Coffee grounds even make an effective natural scrub for exfoliating skin. Mix with coconut oil or olive oil and use in place of conventional body scrubs.
5. Install Window Clings Instead of Blinds
Window blinds collect dust, break easily and are rarely recycled. An eco-friendly alternative is window clings – static-cling vinyl film that sticks to glass.
Window clings come in tons of colors and patterns to filter light and add privacy. Installation only takes a few minutes without any hardware or tools required.
The cling films can be removed, reused and repositioned again and again. Over the years, they prevent dozens of cheap plastic blinds from ending up in landfills.
6. Grow Indoor Plants to Purify Air
Did you know houseplants can actually reduce indoor air pollution? Some varieties are more effective than others at filtering VOCs and toxins.
Top air purifying plants are peace lilies, snake plants, aloe vera, spider plants and air plants. Just water these regularly and they naturally clean the surrounding air.
Having a few low maintenance houseplants around can passively improve air quality without daily effort. It also creates a more relaxing indoor environment.
7. Switch to Solid Shampoo and Soap
Liquid body wash, shampoo, soap and cleaning products all require single-use plastic bottles. The average household goes through many of these per year.
An easy fix is to switch to solid bar soaps and shampoo bars with no packaging required. There are lots of handmade options on Etsy and Amazon that work just as well as conventional liquids.
Bars come without any plastic waste or the added carbon emissions from shipping water weight. Look for solid cleaners, soaps and shampoos to replace most liquids in your home.
The great thing about these unusual tips is that they don’t require changing your lifestyle or daily habits. Small eco-friendly substitutions add up to big environmental savings over time. What weird way will you try next?