Living a sustainable lifestyle can be simple and easy. Minimizing waste and consumption is not only good for the environment, it can also improve your sense of overall health and well-being. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started.
Recycling is an easy way to reduce harmful chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions that are released by the waste in landfill sites. Recycling materials is also a step towards 'closing the loop'. It reduces the need for raw materials, which means rainforests, wildlife, and natural environments can be preserved and not destroyed for their virgin materials. Recycling and repurposing are easy actions that all of us can take to contribute to a circular and green economy.
2. Start a Zero Waste Kitchen
Turning organic waste into compost, such as kitchen scraps and green waste from the garden means that less waste goes to landfill. Also, organic waste is full of nutrients for new trees, fungi, fruits, and vegetables. Better still, composting at home is easy. Simply make or buy a compost bin and put all of your food scraps inside. If you do not live in an area that collects green waste separately, go ahead and add them to your garden, or give them to a friend or community garden. If you are looking for a step by step guide and tips, we've got you covered at our How to Compost at Home guide.
3. Reduce Indoor Toxins
Paints, furniture, and carpets as well as the fumes from cooking and heating cause air pollution indoors, which can be between two and five times greater than outside. Closed windows can raise carbon dioxide levels which can also cause headaches and drowsiness. Keeping the windows open and the house well ventilated will help to reduce air pollution. Another great way to eliminate indoor toxins it to grow some indoor plants. There are many plants that remove chemicals such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. Finally, when moving or renovating, choose paints, carpets, and furniture that are made from natural materials and are chemical-free.
4. Clean Naturally
Natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and lemon juice are making a come back for multi-purpose cleaning that is good for the environment. It is quite easy to make cleaning products at home. Why not try laundry powder or toilet bombs. Many products, such as used coffee grounds are also great for polishing cutlery or can be used as a natural deodorizer. A small number of used coffee grounds or baking soda can eliminate odors from the fridge. It is also nice to keep your home smelling fresh with this DIY reusable diffuser.
5. Reconsider Transport
Transport is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. However, the good news is - that a shift in the mode of transport can be an easy way to reduce personal emissions and environmental footprint. Also, in the face of COVID-19, many governments are encouraging their citizens to consider walking or riding their bike as a healthy and environmentally friendly way to move around. Bicycle travel and walking are also great options for a green lifestyle.
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