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
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