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With more and more research proving exactly how harmful chemicals are to human beings, pets, and the earth, it’s not a bad idea to look into making your lifestyle more “green”. It can be daunting to figure out the first steps to making your life more eco-friendly. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Use cloth diapers: While it may seem daunting at first, cloth diapers are really easy to use in this day and age. There are so many options out there and a quick Google search will lead you to stores that have the cutest diaper covers. You won’t regret not going back to disposables, and what’s not to love about helping to save the planet?

Buy a water filter: Over thirty-billion plastic water bottles were thrown into landfills last year alone, help cut back on the waste by installing a water filter on your kitchen faucet.

Look for recycled paper products: Instead of buying “normal” toilet paper and paper towels, look for ones made from recycled paper.

Use natural cleaning products: All of the chemicals in most cleaning products today really don’t help the environment, or our bodies. There are so many affordable green options out there, why not give them a try and give your family a break from toxic fumes?

Start a garden: Whether raised beds or potted cherry tomatoes on the patio fits your family’s life and schedule better, a garden is a perfect way to give back to the earth while growing yummy veggies for your family.

How are you making your lifestyle more eco-friendly? What are your tips and tricks for running a green home?

– When she’s not obsessing over literature or saving animals from being turned into fur coats, RJ is a student and avid writer.