• The Home Girls

How To Make Your Home & Lifestyle More #Sustainable

A recent uproar in environmentalist culture has caused many people to look into their lives and figure out what they are doing that is damaging to the environment, and what they can change in hopes of contributing to a strong future.

There's no doubt that most of the damage we have caused to the earth is irreversible. While some take this more seriously than others, most of us can agree that change is needed.

Here are some tips on how you can make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable:

Eco Appliances and Decor

From LED and eco light-bulbs, low-flow toilets, faucets, showers and appliances to recycled decor. Besides, who doesn't want to save a little money while reducing your carbon footprint?

In order to purify air efficiently in a home through the use of potted plants there needs to be 1 plant per hundred square feet of your home. For example if your home is 1000 square feet, you would require 10 plants all throughout your home to assist in heating and cooling costs as well as air purification.

When it comes to fabrics, cotton-linen usage accounts for almost 30% of the worlds insecticide use, so a better option is to look into organic cotton or bamboo bedding/ throw blankets and pillows.

When Renovating/ Re-decorating

Renovations often force us to increase our carbon footprint for a while. However there are some ways you can aim to be more sustainable. DONATE! Donate as much as you can when making a change. Re-purpose existing items - it's amazing what some paint can do! PS. Benjamin Moore has a very #eco-friendly line of paint. If you're replacing your windows opt for the double-glazed option (pricey up front yes), but they will help you save on heating and cooling costs - #efficiency! If you're not doing a reno or looking to redecorate, but are still craving a sustainable change, consider adding solar panels to your home. There are a lot of benefits that are worth exploring!

Everyday Life

Rather than bringing home a million plastic bags from the grocery store to use them once and throw away, invest in reusable ones which are much more sustainable and not to mention sturdy! Get into the habit of leaving them in your car so you always have them on-hand when you're out and about.

If you haven’t started recycling and composting yet, get on it! Its an amazing way to cut down your carbon footprint while also not being a huge change. The planet will thank-you!

Transitioning to all-natural cleaning products (or sticking a classic like water and vinegar) will help eliminate chemicals within your home and a TON of unnecessary packaging. Bulk stores (Zero Waste Bulk is a #local fav of ours) are starting to pop up more and more allowing us to re-fill existing containers as opposed to constantly buying endless bottles of cleaners.

H2O Tips

When washing dishes or doing laundry avoid peak hours. Late evenings are great, but you can take it one step further by setting a timer so your washer or dryer can run through the night while you are catching ZZZs. Products like the Eco Egg and wool dryer balls are also #sustainable products that can contribute to #reducing your #carbon #footprint.

If you are a green thumb and have a handful of indoor plants (good for you!) consider gathering some rain water and using that to water your plants when possible.

xx The Home Girls

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