At the time we’re writing this piece, it’s just a few weeks into the start of 2020 — which means that here in Chicago and around the country, plenty of people still have New Year’s resolutions on their minds.
The beginning of a new year is a wonderful opportunity to take stock and make some (pardon the pun) sweeping changes. In discussions with our friends, colleagues, and clients, one big goal for the year ahead seems to come up again and again. Often, it’s phrased as a question, and goes a little something like this:
“I want to keep my home sparkling clean — but I also want to be more sustainable and eco-friendly! How can I do both?”
People come to Sweeping Dimensions cleaning teams with some version of this question all the time — and we’re happy to help point them in the right direction! For years now, we’ve made green, environmentally friendly cleaning products and methods true cornerstones of our service. We’ve long been committed to helping out the environment, especially our delicate rivers and oceans, the bodies of water that sustain life on the planet here in Illinois and all across the globe. Over the last few years, we’ve contributed to charities that are helping to preserve our resources and clean our waterways, while also making great strides in streamlining our green cleaning practices and educating our clients on how they can do the same.
If you’re looking to make your household’s cleaning routine more sustainable for 2020 and beyond, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, changing your habits can seem daunting. One way to get started on your long-term goal is to focus on one concrete, achievable short-term effort.
Ready to make an enormous impact this year? Here’s where you can start: Make the switch from relying on disposable cleaning products to dependable, reusable alternatives.
Disposable Products Vs. Reusable: Swaps You Can Make Right Now
Broadly speaking, when we talk about “disposable” cleaning products, we mean those that are only meant to be used once or twice, and then discarded. These products are not meant to last, and generally need to be purchased over and over again. As a result, waste from these products often tends to wind up taking space in landfills — or worse, clogging up our precious waterways.
In contrast, reusable products — true to their name — are meant to be used again and again, sometimes with a quick wash in between. Depending on your household’s cleaning routine, some easy ways to get started replacing disposables with reusables might include:
- Replacing disposable paper towels with reusable bamboo paper towels
- Swapping dirty, disposable kitchen sponges with Magic Eraser-style products
- Stocking up on glass or amber bottles and concentrated (or even homemade) cleaning solutions, rather than consistently purchasing single-use plastic bottles
- Switching out plastic grocery bags for reusable cloth alternatives
- Using washable, reusable microfiber cloths in place of single-use dusting pads and wipes
The Benefits of Reusable Cleaning Products for Your Household
Dropping disposable products from your cleaning arsenal in favor of reusable pantry staples can make all the difference for the planet — and your pocketbook.
At Sweeping Dimensions, we’ve always been an advocate in cleaning minimalism — meaning that we believe in spending your time and attention on what works, rather than loading up your cleaning closet with tools and solutions just for the sake of having them. We’ve also always been advocates for quality over quantity, and investing in products that you love and which really work for your unique needs — and not just purchasing whatever’s on sale. In the long run, sticking to these strategies can help you save significantly.
Just Imagine how much money (and time) you can save by not running to the store in need of a new roll of paper towels, because you have clean bamboo towels ready to go. Similarly, investing in concentrated cleaning solutions that you put in reusable spray bottles can help save you from wasting precious cents on disposable plastic bottles and packaging, which can really add up over time. Bottom line? Going reusable is more convenient, and can save you money each and every time you head to the store.
And that’s just the personal and financial side of things! On the environmental side? It’s hard to overstate how important it is to cut back on needless waste. Investing in reusable products and eliminating wasteful disposables can help dramatically reduce your footprint, and help prevent countless pollution and waste from being generated over time.
How much of a difference can you make with some simple swaps? Well, consider that…
- It is estimated that 50% of plastic is used just once and then thrown away
- More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year
- In 2017, the EPA estimated that 28.6 million tons of plastic ended up in landfills — compared to just 2.9 million tons in recycling
- Paper towels generate 3000 tons of waste every single day; if every household in the US used just three fewer rolls of paper towels per year, we could prevent more than 120,000 tons of waste from entering landfills
Little steps can add up and contribute to big changes worldwide — as long as you’re resolute, committed to making a difference, and interested in learning and adapting over time.
Ready to Go Green for 2020? We’re Here to Help
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful for our clients. We focus on handling all sorts of cleaning and housekeeping projects, so you can focus on the other things that matter to you — including spending more time with friends and family.
A big part of that is making sure our clients’ wants and needs are met at all times. That’s why we make a point of always having green, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions on hand and ready to go – at absolutely no additional cost to our clients.
At SDCS, we believe in cleaning with a conscience. We also believe in passing along our green cleaning knowledge, whenever we can. We love to talk all things cleaning and organizing, including the strategies that can make taking care of your home more sustainable. The more people we can bring together in our mission for a more sustainable world, the better off our environment — including our oceans, lakes, and rivers — will be.
So, if you ever have a question about comparing reusable supplies or green cleaning products, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re always happy to help out, in whatever ways we can.
Looking to exchange ideas on powerful, reusable household products, or share how you’re working toward sustainability in 2020 and beyond? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via email or social media to let us know your thoughts.
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