We all want to do whatever we can to help the environment—none of us are going out of our way to hurt the environment. However, there are things that we do every day that we might not even realize have an effect on the world around us. No one wants to hear that they are doing something harmful, but that’s why it’s important to be as informed as possible so you aren’t inadvertently causing harm. Here, we’ll look at a list of everyday items that are harming the environment, so you can avoid them or dispose of them properly.
If you haven’t heard of microbeads, it’s likely because the effect they have on the environment is not well documented and quite harmful. Microbeads are most commonly found in products like facial cleansers or body wash; they are used as an exfoliant for your skin. They are so small that they can slip past water filtration systems and find their way into the ocean, harming the wildlife.
Despite what some companies might claim, not all wet wipes are biodegradable, and they can do serious damage to sewer lines and, by extension, our oceans. While these products are understandably useful, try to switch to more environmentally friendly wipes if you’d like to help out our marine life.
While it’s true that our clothes just wouldn’t smell the same without a dryer sheet, they are filled with chemicals and fragrances that are harmful to the environment. It’s also harmful since we throw away so many of them because they are only single-use.
Quick and tasty coffee in the morning may be nice, but if you’re using one of these pods every single day, you are contributing a ton of plastic waste into landfills each year. They are also very hard to recycle, so consider a reusable alternative instead.
Unfortunately, batteries are never really “dead.” They contain caustic components that are extremely bad when they leak into the soil or water. Thousands upon thousands of batteries end up in landfills each year, so consider recycling them if you can.
It’s true that even your clothes can impact the environment. Some materials are unable to break down and can release harmful toxins into the air and ground. Try to recycle as many clothes as possible—the world will thank you for it.
Whether it’s spray paint, sunscreen, or deodorant, aerosol cans have been shown time and time again to have a detrimental impact on the ozone layer of our planet. Even with the banning of chlorofluorocarbons, aerosol cans still contain gases harmful to our environment.
These are just a few of the everyday items that harm our environment. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives and ways to recycle these objects, so you don’t have to contribute as much to the growing problem.