Hello, loves! In honor of April being Earth month, I'll be sharing a small series of posts (leading up to Earth day) that include some tips and suggestions for living a more eco-friendly lifestyle! Yay! We'll cover everything from making your showers more green to adjusting your small, daily tasks. In making these simple changes, you can feel good knowing you're doing your part in our efforts to maintain a clean planet.
The first place we'll start is somewhere we spend a lot of our time- in our homes! Here are some tips to make your living space more green and earth-friendly.
In the Kitchen
Invest in a compost bucket- Help keep valuable resources out of landfills! This is especially convenient if you have a home garden, as compost returns nutrients to soil and helps maintain it's quality.
Recycle- It may take some practice to get started recycling in your kitchen, but it becomes second nature in no time! Keep the bin next to your trash can as a reminder :)
Attach a low-flow aerator to your sink faucet- This combines the water flow with air in order to cut water usage without affecting the pressure of your faucet. Awesome!
Swap plastic tupperware with glass containers- Plastic tupperware is mostly made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products- Invest your money in companies that are committed to lowering carbon emissions from their products and manufacturing processes. Method has an awesome collection of dish washing soap, dishwasher pods, etc!
Fix that leaky faucet- Limit the amount of water wasted due to leaks, and also reduce your water bill!
In the Bathroom
Ditch disposable razors for a reusable one- The less plastic flowing in and out of your household, the better! While you're at it, try swapping your plastic toothbrush for a cool new bamboo one!
Switch to a higher efficiency shower head- Lessen the amount of water needed for each shower, and also your electric (heating) bill.
Re-use bath towels before washing- Not only will less laundry save more water, but more money, too!
(Ladies) Swap plastic tampons for organic, all cotton products. Or invest in a menstrual cup!
Other areas around (and outside) the house
Enroll in online bank and bill statements- There are numerous benefits that impact the environment by switching from paper mail to online statements:
Preserve trees, making our oxygen cleaner and more abundant.
Limit the amount of paper that gets tossed in the trash and ends up in a landfill.
Reduce the amount of toxins released into the atmosphere from the trucks and planes used to deliver snail mail
Reduce the need for more ink, which uses fossil fuels to produce/distribute.
Most utility providers, cable companies and banks offer online payment/statement options. Think of how many trees we could preserve if we all switched to paper-less statements!!
Seal gaps around doors and windows- Many old homes come with windows and doors that just let the outside air swirl right inside. You may be tempted to jack up the heat all winter (I know I am). Instead, consider sealing up these gaps. Using less heat will decrease both the energy used to heat your house, and also your electric bill. Weather stripping is super affordable and easy to install yourself.
And don't heat an empty house!- While you're at work or away, turn the thermostat down to around 60 degrees. You may even consider turning it down at night time and getting cozy in those blankets!
Collect rain water for your plants- You know all that rain water that collects up in your gutters, seemingly having no purpose? Make use of this water by catching it to nourish your own plants and gardens. This could be as easy as leaving a bucket outside on the patio during a storm! If you have a bigger garden to cover, you may consider installing a Rainwater Collection Barrel outside of your home- this clips on to redirect and collect the rainwater that gets caught by those gutters.
Install Solar Panels- If it's available to you, installing Solar Panels could seriously reduce the energy consumption in your home. This is the best decision you could make as a home owner who wants to be as green as possible. In recent years, installing solar panels has become more affordable and in time, they pay for themselves. With the use of Solar Panels, you'll never have an electric bill!
What kind of steps have you taken to make your home more eco-friendly? Leave a comment below! And keep rocking on this Green path of Goodness!
Sending all love,
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Kimber is a fellow soul searcher, yoga instructor, and proud dog mama. She invites you along her own journey to wellness and hopes to inspire people to be the healthiest & happiest version of themselves every day!