The desire to be more environmentally sound is a growing trend amongst people across the globe and although it takes a vast effort to make a difference for our planet, it all starts right from our very own homes. On March 30th, 2018 at 8:30pm marked Earth Hour where millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make noise for the Earth Hour movement. The mission is switch off in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home. With Earth Day 2018 happening on April 22, we can take a closer look at our everyday tasks and activities and discover new ways to boost our efforts to create a home that consumes less non-renewable energy sources, reduces waste, and uses products that are not damaging to our environment.
We can do this by replacing some commonly used products in our home for eco-friendly brands that are just as functional and may even be better for our health, can save us money, and aren’t damaging to the environment. Here are some of our top eco-friendly products, materials, and brands for everyday living:
Greenworks cleaning products
Every knows about Clorox and how effective it can be for cleaning around the house, but what most people don’t realize is how damaging harsh chemicals can be to your health and our environment over the long-term. Fortunately, a natural and organic version of Clorox was created by the same scientist for homes seeking a more eco-friendly way of cleaning. What’s better is that Greenworks uses biodegradable and environmentally sustainable packaging.
100% recycled aluminum foil
Aluminum foil is one of the most used products in our home, whether we notice it or not. That’s the truth! We use it for cooking, wrapping food, baking, and grilling. ‘If You Care’ offers an aluminum foil that uses 95% less energy to produce because their production creates less waste, while reusing a precious resource.
Biodegradable disposable waste bags for pets
Pet owners go through quite a few waste bags daily and on a large scale across the globe, that’s millions of plastic materials making it to the landfills and into our environment. Opt for using biodegradable disposable waste bags that can be decomposed the same way food and other organic materials are able to.
Stainless steel drinking bottles
Do your part in helping to stop plastic pollution by opting to drink water from a reusable stainless steel drinking bottle. Stainless steel is 100% BPA free so it is much healthier for you to drink from than a plastic bottle and you can take your drinks wherever you go!
Reusable organic cotton napkins
Napkins may be small, but they are one of the nastiest culprits contributing to pollution. Opting for organic cotton napkins are great because you can reuse them again and again by simply washing them in eco-friendly laundry detergent, plus you’ll save from the cost of constantly having to buy napkins.
Reusable sandwich bags for packing lunches
What harm can one little plastic lunch baggie make? Multiply your one little plastic lunch baggie times all the kids in your child’s school and all the other kids across the nation. That’s a lot of single-use plastic lunch baggies making their way to our landfills. The Onya reusable sandwich wrap is a great product, it’s 100% vegan reusable lunch packages made from at least 4 plastic bottles that’s easy to clean and reuse again and again.
Eco-friendly vinyl windows
One of the more drastic ways people impact the environment is through our homes energy consumption. We can always do more to reduce the amount of energy we consumer by ensuring we turn off the lights and electronics in unoccupied rooms, only washing full loads of laundry, and air drying our clothes. But most importantly, if you are noticing consistently high energy bills due to heat loss from your windows and doors, it may be time to consider replacing them for high quality windows and doors that are energy-efficient.
Vinyl home windows are the top choice for replacement windows amongst homeowners because they are energy-efficient, low maintenance, and are extremely durable. With ENERGYSTAR rated vinyl windows, the glass is specially formulated with superior insulating properties to retain heat during the window as well reduce the impact of harmful UV rays during the day. The LoE coating on the glass reduces heat loss from windows keeping your home warm and comfortable while reducing your home’s consumption of non-renewable energy sources such as natural gas and electricity.
Whenever you’re shopping for new replacement windows, there’s no harm in getting the helpful advice from the professionals. Get connected with a specialist at Clera Windows and Doors and get more information for your home. We’ll be happy to give you more insight on whether or not your current door frame system will be compatible with you brand new replacement door for many years to come. As a family run company since 1978, you can be assured that we understand and appreciate the importance of any home renovation project to your family. We’re in the business of providing comfort and security for households across Canada, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the homes and families that have entrusted us with such an important decision to improve their home’s functionality and security. All of our fenestration installation technicians are rated by the Canadian Standards Association and our products are all ENERGYSTAR rated as well, so you know our work can be trusted. We’ve also taken home the “Top Choice Award” and are so confident in our craftsmanship that we include a written, lifetime factory warranty on our products. What this means for you is that you won’t have to buy another pesky replacement part again. Contact Clera Window and Doors today to find a specialist in your area and to book a free consultation.