Sustainability is all the rage right now, but what does it really mean. For starters, it means living in such a way that promotes longevity for future generations. At the same time, it’s being environmentally conscious to leave behind a smaller carbon footprint.
With that said, it’s almost impossible to have a completely sustainable home. However, there are things you can do to create a more sustainable home that’s kinder to the environment while supporting continued growth for future generations. Below, we explore some practices you can adopt to make your home more sustainable.
Use Natural Cleaners
The majority of commercial cleaners contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment. To avoid these toxins, stop buying commercial cleaners and use natural products instead.
White vinegar, baking soda, and Borax are all-natural products that kill bacteria and clean well without leaching toxic chemicals into your skin or the environment.
Make Good Choices
As a consumer, you’re faced with making decisions that not only affect you and your family but also the environment. Making good sustainable choices like buying energy-saving appliances, recycled paper products, biodegradable trash bags, and rechargeable batteries helps the planet by reducing waste and saving energy.
Reduce Your Impact On The Environment
Reducing your impact on the environment is a great place to start building a more sustainable home. Install low-flow showerheads and toilets to reduce water usage, stop buying paper plates and plastic silverware, and replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents to save energy. If there are any leaky pipes or faucets in your home, replace them immediately to reduce your water consumption.
Recycle And Reuse
To further reduce your impact on the environment, you should practice recycling and reusing. Things that still have life left in them can be repurposed for another use, and anything that can be recycled should be. Pay special attention to the recycle symbol on the bottom of plastic and glass items as some cannot be recycled. In this case, reuse these items to keep them out of the landfills.
Gardening For Sustainability
You can make your yard more sustainable, too. Begin by starting a compost pile with lawn clippings and leaves. Add food scraps from the kitchen, turning the pile periodically to introduce air. Eventually, you’ll have rich, fertile soil for your garden, which is also a very sustainable thing you can do. Planting and growing your own food cuts down on your impact on the food chain.
Finally, plant shade trees near your home to provide a cooling effect in summer and an insulating effect in winter. This will cut down on your heating and cooling needs significantly.
Sustainability is all the rage right now, so follow the advice above to make your home more sustainable.