Are you tired of feeling guilty every time you forget to take your reusable bags to the grocery store? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint, but also don’t want to give up your cozy (electricity-guzzling) lifestyle? We’ll guide you through 10 ways to make your home more eco-friendly, without sacrificing your style. From composting to energy-efficient appliances, we’ve got you covered (in sustainable bamboo fabric, of course).
1. Reduce, reuse, recycle (and compost!)
The old adage still rings true – a great way to minimize your environmental impact is to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle what you can. Don't forget to compost your food scraps and yard waste. Composting will enrich your soil and help your yard or garden grow.
2. Switch to LED lightbulbs.
Not only do LED light bulbs use significantly less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, they also come in a rainbow of colors to match your mood lighting needs.
3. Turn off and unplug.
When you're not using your electronics, turn them off and unplug them to save energy. Your wallet (and the planet) will thank you. P.S. The same suggestion goes for humans as well – unplug to relax!
4. Go for energy-efficient appliances.
When it's time to replace your old appliances, opt for energy-efficient models that use less water and electricity. Check with your city’s utility companies to see if you can get rebates for installing these greener options. Bonus, these appliances often come with smart features like Wi-Fi connectivity and voice control to make your life easier. An appliance like SodaStream allows families to make their own sodas and seltzers, which not only provides convenience and flexibility but also helps save up to 3,000 disposable bottles every year.
5. Try natural cleaning products.
Ditch the harsh chemicals and opt for natural cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Learn simple, homemade cleaning recipes that will help you make the switch.
6. Use reusable containers.
Instead of using disposable plastic bags and containers, gather a few reusable options like reusable sandwich bags and glass or stainless steel containers. Plus, they look much cooler in your Instagram photos.
7. Choose eco-friendly furniture.
Look for furniture made from sustainable materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood like Thuma, or recycled plastic. There are countless stylish and comfortable options to help you furnish your home eco-consciously.
8. Plant a garden.
Growing your own fruits and veggies not only reduces your carbon footprint, it also gives you the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food comes from. Plus, gardening is a great way to work on your farmer's tan.
9. Go paperless.
Opt out of paper bills and statements and opt for e-billing instead. It's easier to keep track of your finances, and you won't have to worry about losing that pesky cable bill in the mail. Another easy way to reduce paper use: switch the paper towels you use. Check out an eco-friendly option in our eMagazine article: 20 hot buys for a cooler planet.
10. Support companies who do right by the environment.
When shopping for products and services, look for companies that do good for the environment, like Wondercide! Read how consideration for the well-being of pets, families, and the planet extends into the work environment and daily habits. It’s changed the way we light and furnish the office, how we nourish and hydrate, how we package and ship our products, and more.
Thoughtful choices about the companies you choose to give your business to is a great way to vote with your dollars and encourage more businesses to follow suit.
Making your home more eco-friendly not only benefits the environment, it can also save you money and improve your quality of life. So go forth and greenify your space - Mother Nature (and your conscience) will thank you.