You might not agree with me, but I think even small changes can lead to significant difference in our environment, and I find this especially true when it comes to living a greener, more sustainable life. A lot of people think that if they change some of their bad habits – like not using a straw, or collect trash separately – that will not be enough to show real results on the big scale. But if everyone changes just a little, it all adds up and really really matters for our planet. So follow me and ditch these thing in 2018 for a happier, healthier and greener home!
How to have a more sustainable home?
Switch from bottled water to a water filtering jug
In our household the biggest issue is bottled water. We’ve got used to drinking bottled water while living in Dubai (where you should not drink tap water), and then we carried this bad habit with us to the Netherlands and then to Hungary, and it got even worse when our son Adam arrived because we were “too lazy”(shame Shame SHAME) to always boil water for him, so we started to buy bottled baby water too. Even though we recycle the bottles, it’s still a huge thing, that we create that much of trash with something so stupid. We were thinking about installing a water filter system under our kitchen sink, but it’s quite pricey and since our current home is not ours, we decided to invest in a water filter jug instead. These cans are a great solution, if you drink a lot of water, and you want to have the healthiest option in an eco friendly way. The jugs are having an inner carbon filtration system that helps to eliminate limescale, heavy metal residues, pesticides and other chemicals (except hormones 🙁 ) and some of them even removes all kinds of bacteria.
Say no to plastic bags and embrace reusable options
It’s not just about shopping, but also storing your food and stuff at home. Even though plastic bags are seeming to be easy solutions, – because we always have some laying around,- be strong and opt for other alternatives. Reusable fabric shopping and sorting bags are wonderful and eco-friendly, just don’t forget to always have some in your bag/pocket. Storing and freezing food can be also greener with reusable options; you can use beeswax wraps rather than plastic sandwich bags, or washable plastic free food grade silicon bags for freezing or storing your snacks.
DIY cleansing products mean less trash and less chemicals
It might be one of the hardest switch, as you have to say goodbye to store bought cleansers and laundry products and spend time to actually make them, but it worth the effort. Making your own cleansers are not only greener but also more cost effective than buying all those bottled cleansers over and over again (with no option to recycle as recycling stations doesn’t accept bottles of chemicals, even if washed…). So dig into LittleGreenDot’s DIY household cleanser recipes, or check out this post and video on how you can easily simplify your cleansing to using, baking soda, vinegar, citric acid and a few more natural ingredients.
Make friends with wooden and bamboo tools
Plastic dishwashing sponges, plastic brushes all around the house (from your toothbrush to the brush you use to scrub your floors), plastic dusters and brooms, synthetic wiping cloths all end up at the landfill once you are done with them…and stays there for more time than what would you – and probably your offsprings too- spend on this planet. It only needs a little effort to get rid of these unnecessary plastic items and use compostable, biodegradable options, like wooden brushes, a bamboo toothbrush, cotton wiping cloths (cut up your old cotton T-shirts, and you have a year worth of cleaning supply).
Compost, compost, compost
If just once, you would analyze what does one bag of trash you’ve created is actually made of, you’ll be shocked how much of that could’ve been avoided. Composting – even if you have no green thumb whatsoever – is easy and effective way of cutting back on your negative impact on our planet. Rather than putting all those leftovers (fruits and veggies, coffee grinds, tea bags and tea leafs, cardboard, tissues, cotton and wool rags) into a – almost never biodegrading – plastic trash bag, you’ll give back to mother nature and could live a much more sustainable life. There are dozens of ways to have a compost bin -indoor or outdoor- you just have to find the alternative that suits you the most. If you are not comfortable to share your kitchen cabinet with a box with dozens of earthworms, you don’t have to, you can seek more sophisticated options such as communal composting, or machines like this.
What do you think, could you implement any of these changes in your life?