Many People around the world are becoming more environmentally-conscious. Eco-friendly homes are measured in multiple ways meeting sustainability needs such as water conversation, reducing wastes through reusing and recycling materials, controlling pollution to stop global warming and decreasing CO2 emissions. Being more eco-friendly will not only help you contribute to a sustainable environment but it can also save you money. Luckily there’s loads of ways we can all do our part to help reduce our carbon footprint by making small changes starting in our own homes.
Energy Sufficient Light Bulbs – LED light bulbs are 85% more energy efficient than regular bulbs and can often last around 9 years, lower electricity bills, making them a better and safer light source overall.
Create Your Own Compost – By having your own compost you will reduce food waste, reduce landfill waste, recycle and also give back to your garden.
Recycle – Recycling is crucial to the future health of our planet and there’s things we can all do to help. We can recycle paper and wood to save trees and forests. Recycling plastic means creating less new plastic which is a great thing as it’s made from fossil fuels hydrocarbons. By making more conscious choices we can lessen the harmful disruption and damage that’s being done to the natural world.
Buy Bamboo – As bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, using this for multiple things in your home is a no brainier. Bamboo is being used for many products such as, reusable cups, cutlery, kitchen towels, toothbrushes, even makeup remover pads. Making it pretty easy to switch out plastic items in your home.
Plants – House plants not only give your home a peaceful, calm feel but they’re also a great way to improve the air quality. They clean the air around them by absorbing pollutants through their leaves and roots.
Energy Efficient Windows – Replacing your windows with energy efficient windows improving energy efficiency reduces greenhouse gases. They also reduce ultraviolet rays by up to 75 percent preventing the sun’s harmful rays to fade paper, fabric, carpet and wood.
Use Diffusers – Stop releasing any carcinogens in to the air with aerosol sprays but using diffusers instead. Use an essential oil aromatic diffuser to complement your home.
Shop Vintage – In order to sustain the option of purchasing vintage clothing there are a few things we can do. Firstly, purchasing better quality clothing is essential to ensure items last longer, as fast fashion clothing is designed to have a short lifespan, which cannot be reworn or be easy to repurpose. Secondly, repairing items that are slightly damaged to be reused as another piece of clothing to help reduce waste.
Insulate Your Home – By keeping more heat in your home you will not only be using less fossil fuels but it will cut your heating bills. Things like a draught excluder can be one of the cheapest and quickest ways to keep your home warmer, there’s also things like thermal wallpaper, insulation for lofts or basements and solar panels to generate your own electricity.
Waste Less Food – Meal planning ensures you only buy the ingredients you know you’ll use, by using the food you need you’ll save on emissions coming from production and transport. Instead of throwing food out, check it to see if it’s bad if not, freeze it to save for another day.