If you want to be more green but you don’t know where to start, this article will help you, with easy adjustments anybody can make with little time or financial investment.
Do you care about the environment? If you do, you don’t have to go vegan or start using reusable toilet rags to make a positive change in your home. Instead, try these easy eco-friendly adjustments to start doing your bit:
Meat-free Monday is an initiative that encourages you to try ditching meat for one day a week so that you can help reduce your environmental impact. It’s very achievable for every household and encourages you to experiment with cooking, ingredients and flavour, all whilst helping the planet.
If you are due to have a new boiler or make other changes to your home, now could be a good time to go renewable. Ground source heat pumps, wood pellet boilers and solar panels are all worth considering for an eco-friendly adjustment to your home. As home buyers become more eco-aware, they could even add value to your home too.
When you use your washing machine microfibres come off your clothes and go into the water, polluting the waterways and the oceans. These tiny pieces of plastic can be caught using a special product that catches those fibres.
Rather than chucking items into landfill every time you need something new, why not utilise what you have? Have a look in that cheap self storage unit from Storing.com, garage or shed and see which furniture you have already. It can always be repaired, painted or redesigned. The item you’re then getting rid of can be sold, popped into cheap self storage or gifted, to avoid anything going into landfill if you can help it.
So many products that we use in the home are bad for the environment. They all end up in the water systems, hurting nature and even creeping back into our food supplies, eventually getting into our bodies in micro doses.
To avoid using these products try and use natural ingredients like vinegar, lemon and bicarbonate of soda. There are also lots of affordable eco cleaning options available at the supermarkets too, so you can opt for convenience if you need to.
Spongers are made of plastic and they don’t last all that long either, so it is easy for one household to throw away lots of sponges during a lifetime. Instead, try investing in natural cleaning options like sisal and coconut fibre sponges and scouters. They do just as good a job, but can often be composted after you have finished using them.
The fast fashion industry is having a detrimental effect on the planet, causing pollution, plastic waste and emission issues across the world. If you can, try to invest in great seasonal wardrobes which can then be stored in your cheap self storage unit. More expensive pieces that are going to last a long time are much more eco-friendly than new, disposable clothes every season. High-quality ethical fashion and vintage clothing is an excellent and stylish way to do your bit.
A lot of emphasis goes into single use plastic straws and the harm they do, when in fact, there is a lot more single use plastic than that used by every household. Cleaning bottles, vegetable wrap, water bottles, carrier bags – there’s so much single use plastic around.
If you can, avoid plastic altogether. Use reusable *everything* and try to recycle what you can. Zero waste shops, refill stations and other anti-plastic initiatives can all be helpful with cutting down your single use plastic consumption as a household.
Your home office can be greener, contributing to a more eco-friendly household overall. Try to go paperless, turn off electric items that are not being used and be mindful of standalone heating and air conditioning units and how much energy they use. It’s also worth switching paints, furniture and storage for items that are non-toxic and ideally sustainably sourced, just to feel totally great about your minimal impact on the planet whilst you boost your career at home.
Whether you reuse items from your cheap self storage, cut down on meat or switch your sponges, you’re doing something to make the planet a better place. Every little thing really does help, and if we want future generations to have a beautiful earth to enjoy, we all owe it to them to make these minor changes, for a big impact overall.