Sustainable Living: 3 Tips to going Eco-Friendly in 2020 with a Green Home (using Sonoma Wool Company products)
How can I rid my home of synthetics, plastics, and reduce landfill waste in 2020?
Celebrate Earth Day and Choose Natural Fibers For Your Home!
Choosing natural fibers over synthetic fibers has a number of benefits, in functionality and sustainability. These choices matter. The small decisions we make now will mean everything to the future to come. And if we can support local industries and all-natural goods, I think we are on our way in the right direction.
Can green living and going eco-friendly actually upgrade your home?
Whether it’s opting out of using a drinking straw at the diner, tossing your soda can in the recycling bin, or carrying wooden utensils in your bag for take out, you’re probably aware that it’s become more important than ever to live an Earth conscious lifestyle. As we become more aware of the importance of living green, we begin to realize that adopting better, more sustainable habits, may be easier than we think.
As our founder, Amy, likes to say, we didn’t create Sonoma Wool Company just to put another widget on the market. We created it to help people Re-Discover the Wonders of Wool, - and one of its greatest “wonders” is that it’s a biodegradable, completely sustainable, Earth-friendly fiber!
Here are a few tips to creating a greener living space for your home and the Sonoma Wool Company products that can help.
Tip #1: Give Your Cleaning Supplies a Good Green Clean - Wooltangles
Many people overlook their supply closet when thinking eco-friendly. Often the harshest of chemicals, and least compostable materials reside in there, and it doesn’t have to be that way!
Trade up your chemically charged cleaner for a plant based soap or vinegar solution. Even baking soda and hydrogen peroxide! They work just as well and the less synthetic chemicals we have going down our drains or into our soils, the better. You might even want to take advantage of the natural sanitation power of the sun! We recommend laying our wool in the sun for a few hours every couple of months to give a good refresh in cleanliness.
Assess what’s in your hands, too, when you clean. Stop using synthetic microfiber cloths -- recycle an old cotton T-shirt or towel into a rag, use an all natural loofah in the shower, and scrub out dirt and grime with our biodegradable Wooltangles! Our felted wool can get into those hard to reach corners and in between tiles, and it’s coarse enough to cleanse surfaces of tough muck, without leaving marks. When it has reached the end of its life, toss it in the compost!
Feel good about the essentials in your home, lessen the amount of debris in our oceans and streams - rid plastics and chemicals from your routine!
Tip #2: Check the Tags! - Wool Bedding
Often our bedrooms and clothes closets are overlooked when it comes to being eco-minded. Sure, we have become more conscious of the harsh, detrimental realities of “fast fashion” brands, but the more I learn about natural fibers, the more I find myself checking the tag on everything I purchase and own. During my first winter on the East Coast, I was cold all the time, and when I started layering, I just got uncomfortable, sweaty even - there seemed to be no happy medium.
Then I learned about wool.
Wool’s comfort can’t be beat, and it’s true heroic deed is its ability to be layered without making me feel sweaty! It breathes. Wool’s fibers allow for air to pass in and out, and it keeps me very comfortable, no matter the outside temperature. When I pair all natural cotton and linen with my wool garments, I know I’m taking care of both myself, and the environment. Now, I may look crazy to others as I eagerly check tags on every piece of clothing that catches my eye, but it’s worth it! It feels great to purchase and choose to wear only natural fibers.
Your bedding is just as important (if not more, as we spend almost a third of our lives in bed), as what you wear, so applying this new “checking the tag” lifestyle to your bedding is key.
Just as with clothing, wool’s “breathe-ability”, is what makes sleeping in wool bedding far superior to any other fiber. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night soaked in sweat? This is often because your bedding is made of synthetic materials, like polyester. Polyester does not breathe, so there is no place for the trapped heat from your body to go. The Sonoma Wool Company bedding products can help with that. Surround yourself top-to-bottom with wool; your body (and sleep cycle) will thank you. Trust me, sleeping on a Wool Mattress Topper is like sleeping on a cloud. To complete your bedding, be sure to use all-natural fibers for your sheets, such as linen - which has similar breath-ability traits as wool.
Surrounding yourself with natural fibers, like wool, cotton, and linen, offers more comfort to you personally - but supporting these types of fabrics also makes way for a better Earth. Wool in particular breaks down quickly in the compost pile at the end of its life. With Sonoma Wool Company products, we never use any chemicals to coat our wool, and only source the finest quality cotton and linen. Synthetic, or man-made materials take more than 30 years in a landfill before they start to decompose - and in their creation and death, they leave chemicals and other hazardous wastes behind. In these times, our choices mean everything!
Tip #3: Look for Sustainability in Your Whole Kitchen - Not Just in Your Food! - Wool Dish Drying Mat
As you continue to upgrade your kitchen to its “green” potential, look beyond the fridge - to dishware, and better yet, the “greenest” tools to care for them! Glass vessels, stainless steel containers, porcelain bakeware and wooden utensils have seemed to creep back into popularity as more and more people learn about the harmful effects that plastic can have on the environment, and on our health. Round out these natural products in your kitchen with our best selling Wool Dish Drying Mat with Linen Sleeve. The functionality surpasses that of micro-fiber mats, and the aesthetics are much finer than those ugly mold-forming plastic racks sitting next to your sink.
Wool and linen are the best fibers to use for a dish drying mat. Wool absorbs up to 30% of its own weight in water, and moisture evaporates quickly from both wool and linen! Wool resists mold and mildew, and is even fire retardant. The aesthetically beautiful all-natural element is just the cherry on top to the benefits piled high on the number of reasons, functionally, Wool is the best fiber for this job.
Kelsie Greene, Media Manager, Sonoma Wool Company
To contact Kelsie about this, or any other woolly thought you may have, feel free to email her at email@example.com.