How to Have a Smaller Ecological Footprint

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

There are many simple ways to reduce your impact on Earth.

  1. Shop at your local Farmers Market and support your local farms.

  2. Make your own cleaning products and reduce the chemicals in your home. DIY recipes here.

  3. Replace plastic wraps with biodegradable beeswax wraps.

  4. Wrap gifts in beautiful fabric instead of using paper. #Furoshiki

  5. Use cloth produce bags and cloth grocery bags.

  6. Shop using reusable containers. Places like Bulkbarn are great for this.

  7. Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins.

  8. You can also replace paper towels with multi-purpose cloth “paper” towels.

  9. Replaced your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

  10. Use a “safety razor” instead of a plastic razor.

What are the changes that we have done in our home?

We no longer purchase paper towels or paper napkins. Instead we now use non-paper towels. I chose mine from Norwex. They can be used anywhere you would use a paper towel and are made of 50% recycled materials; almost a whole recycled plastic bottle per sheet. You can always make your own or buy some at your local Walmart. The same goes for napkins.


Do what works for you and your family.

Above I have shown only a few of the things we have done. We started with baby steps and kept going from there. I feel I am not only helping with the environment, but also making our home a healthier place to live. Our pets also benefit from chemical free cleaning products.

People are surprised when they find out we have been a microwave free home for over 6 years now. We do not miss it one bit. The few times that my kids have since used a microwave, like at school for example, they noticed how the microwave changed the texture and taste of their food. They avoid using microwaves as much as possible. They much prefer using a toaster-oven or stove top to warm-up leftovers.


We are doing what works for us as a family. What we feel is a level of change that we are comfortable with a this time. As we grow more comfortable with change, we incorporate other little changes. Do what works for you and your family. Every little bit counts.


Yours in health and wellness, Nancy Shimmy

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