Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

26 May, 2016
Clean Sweep
5 Ways to Tidy Up - the Eco-Friendly Way

Spring-cleaning can be a purifying, therapeutic, and totally fun experience. But beware: how often do you find yourself in a vicious cycle, associating a spotless clean home with toxic pollution and landfill waste? Here are some earth-friendly ways for you to even better your spring-cleaning activities without harming your health and your home!
Eco-friendly Cleaning Products
Cleaning products that are tough on dirt can also be tough on the earth and our health. Many contain chemicals if ingested and harmful if inhaled or touched. In addition, we are routinely rinsing them down the drain, into the soil and sea! It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a world of natural and nontoxic cleaning products out there for you to ensure that you get rid of all harmful bacteria without using nasty chemicals. Or... make your own using kitchen staples such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda!
Swap ‘til You Drop
One man’s (or woman's) trash is another’s treasure, after all. Create or participate in a clothing exchange. This is a fun and simple way for everyone to get something fresh for their wardrobes—without spending a dime, and without contributing to the abundance of fashion waste that is already filling up landfills everywhere. We are firm fans of this concept and thrilled to see it growing steadily in Hong Kong!
With an increasingly growing popularity of interest and DIY & Craft blogs, it has never been so easy to get creative! There are so many resources online for unique ideas to turn something old into something totally new, using things you can find at the hardware or stationery store. Even better, challenge yourself to come up with new ideas to re-fashion your clothing!
Why not start the year off by giving your unwanted goodies a second life? There are so many people around the world who are underprivileged and could really use some of those things you don’t like. So many charity organizations all over the world offer this service and transport the donations directly to the people who need them, either locally or farther afield.
Think Twice
Although there are many ways for you to keep unwanted clothing out of the landfill and recycled, reused, or repurposed for the greater good, there are ways for you to also keep your clothing “wanted”. It’s a matter of smart consumerism—stick to classic and timeless pieces, good quality, and fair trade. Treat yourself to a few impulse buys, but limit them, and be shopping-savvy. There is no better cure than prevention, right?

By: Kristine Basilio


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