10 Ways to Go Greener at Home in 2019!
10 Ways to Go Greener at Home in 2019!
With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’ve been thinking about setting intentions and resolutions for 2019. Going greener at home and making a commitment to reducing waste and protecting the environment is a great resolution you can make (and get the whole family involved too!).
Taking steps to go green and create a more eco-friendly home doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. Keep reading for 10 simple ways you can go greener in 2019 without breaking the budget!
Switch plastic for sustainable alternatives
From the kitchen to the bathroom, there are SO many eco-friendly alternatives now available on the market to replace single-use plastics. Look around your home and see where you might be able to make some eco-friendly switches in 2019. For example: swap your plastic toothbrush to sustainable bamboo, swap your plastic kitchen wrap for beeswax wraps or vegan wraps, and switch your takeaway coffee cup to a reusable eco cup.
Commit to reusable bags and containers
Instead of relying on plastic bags, packaging and boxes, invest in some reusable options that you can use time and time again. From reusable produce bags made from cotton and muslin to reusable lunch boxes made from sturdy stainless steel, you’ll find reusable options are incredibly well-made and designed for lifetime use.
Ditch bottled water
In 2019, there’s just no reason to be buying plastic water bottles only to discard the bottle immediately after use. Purchase a reusable drink bottle and commit to filing your water up each morning to take with you on the go. Or, if you only drink filtered water, invest in a water filtration unit for the home.
Be mindful of electricity
As we’re coming into summer, there’s plenty of natural light to enjoy. Be mindful of your electricity consumption in 2019, and try to open the blinds and embrace natural light as much as possible. At the very least, get your family into the routine of checking lights and switches before leaving the house and turning them off when not in use.
Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot
Did you know an estimated 75 – 90% of the energy your washing machine uses actually goes towards heating up the water? Try to wash your laundry in cold water whenever possible – many fabrics actually do better in cold water anyway, as cold water can reduce shrinkage, wrinkles or fading.
Walk, carpool or ride
Reduce your car emissions by walking, riding or carpooling where appropriate. Instead of driving down to your local cafe, hop on the bikes or walk down with your family instead! Carpooling is also handy when attending events or special occasions, and limiting the number of vehicles needed on the road.
Switch to digital mail
Are you still receiving snail mail for things like bank statements, phone bills or newsletters? Most providers now offer the option to receive correspondence digitally, so make the switch to emails rather than the paper trail.
Minimalism has been growing in popularity over recent years, and we think it’s a great mindset to practice! Instead of filling your home and wardrobe with new “stuff”, try to focus on just the key pieces you need. You could create a rule such as donating 2 items for every 1 new item you introduce into your home, or opt for pre-loved items where possible.
Use a menstrual cup
If 1 million of us switched to menstrual cups, we would divert 240 million tampons (and their packaging) from landfill every year. Consider switching to a menstrual cup for your monthly cycle to help cut reduce unnecessary waste.
Make your own cleaning products
Instead of purchasing new bottles of cleaning products again and again, why not make your own at home? Not only do DIY cleaning products help you reduce plastic, but they also allow you to reduce toxins throughout the home. Create your own cleaning products using natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, essential oils and more.
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