13 Ways Green Living Can Make You Healthier
You know reducing energy and waste is good for the environment, but did you know it’s good for your body too?
Signing up for e-bills reduces the clutter
If clutter is stressing you out, a growing pile of mail only adds to your mental anguish. Sign up to replace paper bills with email reminders, and unsubscribe when you can from junk mail. Use dmachoice.org to take yourself off the list for entire categories (think catalogs or ads) for a small $2 fee, or sign up for the free, Federal Trade Commission-approved service optoutprescreen.com, which means you won’t see any of those pre-approved credit card or insurance offers clogging up your mailbox. One less thing for you to worry about and fewer trees lost. Make sure you know these 30 ways to recycle just about anything.
Making your own cleaning products eliminates irritants
A dirty, dusty home is no good for your health, but cleaning products pose their own slight risks. Some of the chemicals in certain cleaners can irritate the eyes and throat and cause headaches, according to the American Lung Association (ALA). There’s also a small threat of those cleaners getting into rivers and lakes, decreasing the water quality, according to the EPA. The ALA recommends using simple warm water and soap, baking soda, or vinegar as homemade cleaners. Or try one of these six recipes for DIY home cleaners.
Growing plants indoors will make you feel good
Putting your green thumb into action inside won’t just look nice—those indoor plants will improve your mood. Research shows that plants reduce irritating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Some scientists say a plant or two won’t make much difference to your home’s air quality, but even so, other studies have shown that having plants around can boost feelings of well-being. Don’t miss these other things every healthy home should have.
Saying “no” to straws could make you look better
Scientists estimate that there are 8.3 billion plastic straws strewn around coastlines worldwide. Plenty of companies are catching on and going straw-free or using paper straws, but there’s an anti-aging reason for skipping straws altogether: Some experts say drinking from a little tube could give you wrinkles when you purse your lips and make you bloat by sucking in air before the liquid reaches your mouth. Next, learn how to avoid the 12 normal everyday habits that are secretly messing up your life.