We use way too many chemicals and throw-away items in our daily lives. My biggest pet peeve: plastic and paper shopping bags. They are used one single time only (well, the plastic ones can be used to pick up after your dog) and then they go into the bin. In the US, groceries are bagged for you at the store. It is not unusual to have a gallon of milk, which has a carrying handle, put into 2 plastic bags to withstand the weight. Why?

Second place: dryer sheets. These, in my opinion, are just chemical-laden, animal fat-coated wads. If a rat eats the chemical content of only 12 Bounce dryer sheets, it will die. Not surprising, because they contain benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, limonenen, A-terpineol, ethyl acetate, camphor, chloroform, linalool, and pentane, amongst others.

Here are a few alternatives to products like dryer sheets, fabric softeners, plastic bags, air deodorizers, moth balls, and paper towels. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they are also more economical and make your house less toxic:

Wool Dryer Laundry Balls by softadditions

Reusable Tote Bag by lamarquisedesanges

French Lavender Sachets by FrenchAtticFinds

Bamboo Reusable Face Cloths by Chikuraku

More Monday Mood Boards by European artists on Star-of-the-East’s blog


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~ by enchantedhue on July 30, 2012.

5 Responses to “MONDAY MOOD BOARD – Eco Friendly”

  1. One of the things I hate most is fabric softener used in washing. I have a sensitive skin and there are so many chemicals in it I start to itch immediately. We never use dryer sheets, don’t even own a dryer actually, just let the sun do all that work chemically free, wasting no energy too.
    love your theme :-)

    • Thanks, Fishy! You know, since I stopped using them and other ‘popular’ cleaners, I can’t even walk through the cleaner aisle in the supermarket anymore, the odor bothers me so much.
      I do use the dryer, I’m too lazy to hang out socks and underwear ;) But most of it goes outside. Nothing better than sleeping in sheets that have been dried by the sun!

  2. great picks !

  3. Great mood! Share your pet peeve about plastic and paper shopping bags – we reuse ours to clean up after our doggy. And I never use dryer sheets either!

  4. Great mood! I always take my own cotton shopping bag for supermarket.

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