7 Ways To Live More Sustainably at Home

 

Sustainability is a giant topic and it can be overwhelming sometimes to think of all of the things that you should be doing to help the efforts to save the planet. Here is a list of small changes you can make in your home that will make a huge impact over time. Some things might seem basic but practicing a sustainable lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same is the best way to promote a better world. If you want to create a more sustainable world, start with creating a more sustainable home.

 

    1. Unplug to stop energy from escaping your electronic devices. Termed “phantom energy,” most of the electronics in your home are still using energy even when they are off. Phantom energy can cost you up to $100 a year. You can either unplug them or connect them all to a surge protector that has the ability to switch off the energy flow! Learn more here.

    2. Cut out plastics. We’ve all seen the plastic straws in sea turtle’s noses, the plastic chips in the bellies of birds and the piles of plastic washed up on beaches (Read more about the problem here.) Plastic never decomposes, it just breaks down into smaller pieces, making it even more difficult to clean. Choose to reuse – opt for reusable bottles and shopping bags. Carry reusable items with you, like utensils, to avoid the use of “disposable” plastics. Bring a travel mug with you to the coffee shop to reduce lids and plastic cups.

    3. Streamline your dishwashing process! By washing your dishes in running water, hot water is literally getting washed down the drain. By using 2 basins, one with hot soapy water and one with normal water for rising, you can reduce your water-use and run through your dish duties! Bonus: use biodegradable soap and water your plants with the dirty water! Learn how to wash your dishes zero-waste style here.

    4. Wash your clothes on cold and hang them to dry! When using the washing machine, it’s always best to use cold water. Also, try to use a drying rack or clothesline whenever possible to dry your laundry. The clothesline aesthetic is homey and beautiful. Read more about sustainable laundry tips here.

    5. Recycle! Chances are if you are interested in sustainability, you’re already recycling. But are you recycling everything you can? Batteries, phones, clothing, shoes, and even cars can be recycled! Check out what you can recycle in your area here.

    6. Compost your food scraps and leftovers. Not only will you create a natural fertilizer and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Also, since composted food waste doesn’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas, which is a huge problem when food gets thrown into the trash! Learn how to compost at home here or look to see if there are any compost pickup services in your area!

    7.  Buy sustainable home goods. Americans give $400 billion to charity each year but spend $130 trillion buying everyday items. Redirecting a small percentage of spending on brands that are fighting climate change and otherwise making the world better would make a huge impact. The dollars we spend can be the world’s most powerful force for change.

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