4 Eco-Friendly Tips For Your Home

4 Eco-Friendly Tips For Your Home

Easy changes you can make to your home that help you be more eco-friendly (and save you some money)
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As we live in such a wasteful society, its hard to think of changes you can make to be a little more considerate of the planet. Everything is disposable. Everything is just used and tossed out. But there are substitutes for every day items that can help you live a more eco-friendly life. These are my four favorites:

Eco Dryer Balls

They are a natural/chemical free, reusable substitute for dryer sheets and fabric softener. It's a good eco-friendly item because it saves more than just the use of dryer sheets. There are many different brands and many of them are made from wool. These cute little guys come in all different colors or colorless. They are designed to also help cut down on drying time (by 10-25%) and static. Also, they decrease the amount of wrinkles. These work through a process of general friction, which allows the clothes to separate, causing faster drying as well. This could save you money on dryer sheets, fabric softener and electricity! The easiest place I have found to get these are online, with a variety of brands at reasonable prices.

Low Flow Shower Head

Low flow shower heads are a good eco-friendly item because they use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, versus the average of 6 gallons per minute that a regular shower head uses. These tend to vary in price, which also depends on if you buy an attachment (like the photo above) or if you buy a whole new shower head. Although water doesn't seem like an issue for us, there is water shortage; Over 1 billion people are left without water daily and this would help conserve water for us to use in other ways, like providing clean drinking and bathing water to those in need. This would also help you save on your water bill. Your hardware store or online would be the place for these.

Solar Phone Chargers

This one seems like a stretch, but in all reality it isn't. Instead of plugging your phone into an outlet, it can be charged by the sun while you are outside! Even leaving this charger by a sunny window would get the job done all without a cord. They do make many different types of solar chargers, ones that plug into your phone, ones that have a pad that sticks to the window to collect the sunlight or ones like this that fit over as a case. A plus side to the cases, they are also waterproof! This would also help you save on electricity. These vary in price depending on what you are looking for. The cases are on the cheaper side since they do not require the device to hook up to the window and the cords. Online would be my suggestion for these just because you can find better deals.

7 Year Pen

These pens are great. They have a big top because there is enough ink in them to write for two meters a day for seven years. This is a great eco-friendly device because it saves the harvesting, manufacturing, and resources that go into making new pens all the time. These guys come in all different designs and are about the same price you would pay for a pack of pens. Since they last for seven years, you only need one! But all the cool designs they have make you want them all. Now you don't have to buy pens all the time when they run out of ink! These are easily found online as well, as almost every website sells them.

These are four of my favorite easy, at home products that help you to be a little more eco-friendly. Not only do this help the planet, but they help my pocket, too!

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


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20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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10 Easy Ways To Help Save The Environment Other Than Recycling

Saving our environment now will help us in the future!

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Humans have already destroyed a lot of this planet. We've cut down trees, hunted species into extinction, and polluted our waters. A lot of the destruction was done when we didn't know that it was affecting our planet. Now that we do see the results, we need to save our planet. Here are a few ways we can do that.

1. Buy eggs in cardboard, not plastic.

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2. Walk or Carpool to your destination.

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3. Reduce paper usage.

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4. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

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5. Buy locally.

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6. Learn to eat leftovers.

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7. Wear more layers inside instead of turning up the heat.

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8. Use refillable water bottles.

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9. Don't leave the faucet running when you're brushing your teeth or shaving.

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10. Keep your thermostat around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Just doing these small 10 things can help our environment in the long run.

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