HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE SUSTAINABLE
Did you know that food waste, plastic and energy over-consumption are among the biggest domestic sustainability problems? This is how you can contribute to an eco-friendlier future from the comfort of your own home
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Avery Klein, Logan Nolin, Minh Pham
16 November 2019
You can go green for many reasons from helping the environment to saving money. Either way cutting down on your plastic use and energy consumption means a better future for everyone. From switching to a bamboo toothbrush to using your own containers, change doesn’t always need to be hard.
Energy conservation is the most reliable way to positively influence the environment and cut down on your consumption costs. All you have to do is make sure you don’t use more energy than you need. Whether you minimise your heating or you switch off your electricals instead of leaving them on standby, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Water conservation is another vital aspect of domestic and ecological sustainability. Yet another way to reduce your expenses, water conservation should be a lifestyle not only at home but wherever you travel as well. Water is a limited resource in many tourist destinations and overconsumption creates a negative impact on the planet. Start small and easy by making sure you switch off the tap when you shave and brush your teeth.
Eco-friendly and LED technology is at its best. Make sure you invest in energy efficient tech and switch to LED light bulbs. They use less power than conventional bulbs and not only will you have to replace them less frequently, but you’ll also be able to choose among different designs and levels of brightness.
4. Food waste is a major worldwide problem. In the UK alone around 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted each year. Make sure to cook smart and compost your leftovers rather than throwing them away. This can benefit your garden and reduce the CO2 in landfills.
5. Cleaning products consist of chemicals that are extremely harmful to the environment and inevitably get washed down the water systems ending up in our oceans. Repeated exposure to these chemicals can also affect your health, which is why we highly recommend using green cleaning products or organic methods that create less harm to the environment.
6. Recycling is available for a range of everyday products from paper and batteries to cars. Take a moment to find out if the products you use can be recycled and dispose of them accordingly. Another eco-friendly idea is switching to foil, since cling film cannot be recycled.
7. Use less plastic. Every year around 8 million tonnes of plastic reach our oceans killing marine life and harming everything else down the ecosystem. Yet, there are many ways to cut down on your plastic use. Start by bringing your own tote shopping bag. You can also store food in glass containers at home and avoid plastic bottles, straws and plastic cutlery altogether. Buy wine with cork stoppers rather than metallic or plastic ones. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush and invest in bars of soap and shampoo instead of bottled ones.
Huge change starts with the individual. Apart from all the sustainability tips you can use at home, you can do so much more on daily basis to reduce your carbon footprint. Start simple by investing in a reusable coffee cup that can even get you discount in many coffee shops. An estimate of 7 million cups are thrown away each day, reaching 2.5bn a year in the UK alone. Not only almost none of this waste is recyclable, but it takes up to 50 years in landfill for take-away cups to decompose.
However, you may choose to support sustainability, your desire to do so means you’re halfway there. Now all you’re left to do is take small actions from the comfort of your very home and then embrace your new lifestyle everywhere you go. Every big or small act of sustainability creates a positive impact on the environment and everybody’s future.
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