How to Make Your Home Sustainable
Did you know that you can make a huge difference to the environment by making your home more sustainable? It is true.
Sustainability is about meeting our current needs without hurting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. There are so many ways to be more sustainable and help the environment. A sustainable home can play a significant role in having a positive impact on your contribution to the environment. Best of all, it doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.
This article will discuss tips for making your home greener and more environmentally friendly. Let's get started!
What is a sustainable home?
A sustainable home uses natural resources in an efficient way to minimize the impact on the environment. You can make many small changes in your everyday habits that will make a big difference. Whether you are building a new house or want to convert your existing residence to be more eco-friendly, here are 10 steps you can take to be sustainable in your home.
1. Solar Energy
Install solar panels to reduce your dependency on the grid.
Solar panels capture the sun's energy and convert it to electricity, which can be used to power your home. Easy to install and maintain, solar panels can provide a significant renewable energy source for your home. In addition, you can save money on your electric bill because you are not entirely reliant on the national grid. In turn, it will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2. LED lights for energy efficiency
Replace all your light bulbs with LED lights for energy efficiency and lower power bills.
LED lights are way more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. That means you will save money on your power bills and be thankful for not having to replace light bulbs frequently. Bonus: LED lights are more sustainable since they do not contain harmful chemicals like mercury.
3. Reduce plastic water bottles usage
Get a water filtration system to reduce plastic water bottle usage
Installing a water filtration system will reduce your need for plastic water bottles, a significant source of pollution. Water filtration systems are an excellent way to improve your sustainability efforts without making significant changes to your lifestyle.
4. Use sustainable home products
Sustainable home products are made from natural or recycled materials. They are designed to be reused or composted instead of being thrown away. This can include everything from Swedish dishcloths to bamboo cutting boards.
It is better for the environment. Since many sustainable home products are free of harmful chemicals and toxins, they are also better for your family's health.
Storage Organizer with Rattan Rim is an excellent start if you are looking to organize your home with sustainable home products. Intricately crafted by the indigenous Penan people of Borneo, Malaysia, each basket is handmade using tiny strips of rattan. By buying these sustainable storage organizers, you are helping to support the basketry cottage industry that has been negatively affected by the overdevelopment of Penan's traditional lands.
That is not the only item that can be swapped for a sustainable alternative.
The Natural Floor Rug is a stunning addition to any home, available in rectangular or round shapes, colors, and patterns. These beautiful mats are sure to make a statement. You would also support the livelihoods of master weavers in Borneo and the Philippines, as every rug provides a weaver with the resources to educate one of her children for up to three months. Adding a touch of elegance to your sustainable home while supporting a worthy cause is so rewarding!
Meanwhile, make your kids' bedroom or living room pop in a riot of color with a handwoven cotton Bean Bag Chair Lounger. You can get them in many colors to suit any décor. It is perfect for reading, playing games, or watching movies and comes in eco-friendly packaging. Your family will love you for it.
5. Use natural materials like bamboo or cork for flooring and countertops
Natural materials like bamboo and cork are environmentally friendly (since they come from sustainable sources), durable, and easy to care for (ideal if you have a busy household).
Not to mention, they add a warm and inviting feel to any space. If looking for a sustainable alternative to traditional materials like wood or stone for your flooring and countertops? Then bamboo or cork is definitely worth considering.
6. Plant trees and gardens to create shade and improve air quality
Trees and gardens are more than just pretty decorations; they can also help improve the air quality and create shade. More flora can help to filter pollutants and capture dust particles before they have a chance to enter the atmosphere. It also provides much-needed shade on hot summer days, especially rising temperatures. Besides, gardens are also pleasing to look at and make a house look beautiful.
7. Use biodegradable packaging
Biodegradable packaging is also often made from renewable resources, such as cornstarch or bamboo, that can be broken down by living organisms and bacteria. This means that it has a lower carbon footprint than traditional packaging materials such as plastic and won't end up in a landfill, taking up space and polluting the environment.
So, the next time you go shopping, why not take this snazzy Printed Cotton Linen Cloth Bag? This hand-crafted, tear-resistant bag is made from 100% cotton, making it super-safe and non-toxic. It is breathable and helps keep your produce fresh for longer by allowing proper air circulation. An ideal storage solution for fresh fruits, coffee beans, candies, peanuts, and more. It is the perfect durable, reusable shopping bag that will last a lifetime.
Likewise, this Mesh Shopping Bag Reusable Woven String Handbag is perfect for shopping, picnics, school, carrying toys, or storing fruits and vegetables. Made of woven string, it is machine washable and can easily be stored in your pocket, purse, or glove box.
Want to extend your environment-friendly behavior to packaging items? Try using Biodegradable Courier Bags. It is tamper-proof and is made from a material that reduces CO2 emissions by 60% compared to traditional plastics. They are just as strong as regular plastic bags, so you don't have to worry about them tearing or leaking. And they are non-toxic and BPA-free, too.
8. Buy energy-efficient appliances
Not only do energy-efficient appliances save money on your monthly energy bill, but they also have a more minor impact on the environment. When shopping for new appliances, choose products that will save money and make a difference to the environment.
9. Recycle and compost as much as possible
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, almost everything we do has some kind of environmental footprint. Recycling helps to reduce landfills, and composting has the added benefit of creating a rich, nutrient-dense soil amendment for gardens.
10. Use plastic-free kitchenware
Most of us rely heavily on plastic in the kitchen, from plates and cups to storage containers and utensils. However, there are many reasons to switch to plastic-free alternatives. Plastic can leach harmful chemicals into food, especially when heated. Also, plastic-free options are often just as durable and convenient as their plastic counterparts.
Start with a Zero waste reusable Bowl cover, a 100% cotton reusable and washable elastic-band alternative to disposable plastic wrap and foil. Ideal for covering unfinished meals, salads, food at meal times, baking, potlucks, party food – anything you want to keep safe for later. Simply wipe the bowl covers or throw them in the washing machine and reuse them!
Scrub your dishes without using any harsh chemicals or plastic. The 100% Natural Linen Reusable Sponge is handmade in Lithuania from scraps of fabrics collected from apparel factories. Repurposed into natural linen and cotton sponges, perfect for washing dishes, pots, or cleaning counters. Thin and comfortable to use, now you can easily reach all the corners of dishes, cups, and glasses.
Moreover, being environmentally conscious doesn't have to stop at your doorstep.
Next time when you are packing lunch for your kids or making food to take on your next cross-country trip with your family, pack your sandwiches in these Eco-Friendly Water Resistant Sandwich Bags. Made from water-resistant 100% cotton and polyester fabric, they can store various food items, including snacks, lunch, fruits, and more. Handmade made in Lithuania from scraps of fabrics collected from apparel factories, these sustainable sponges are the perfect way to improve your kitchen's sustainability factor. Feel good knowing you are helping to reduce waste.
It might not seem like much, but every step you take helps to build a better, cleaner world for you and future generations. Building a sustainable home or converting your home to be more sustainable will improve your quality of life and benefit the world.
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