Thanks to advances in research and technology, recent years have seen us become much more aware of how our lifestyles are negatively affecting the planet and the environment around us. Our irresponsible habits are causing all sorts of destruction on a global scale, from damage to the ozone layer to melting ice caps, deforestation, and oceanic pollution… the list seems never-ending. But when you’re aware of problem, you can take active steps to rectify it. So, why not start with our very own homes? There are various ways that you can lend the planet a helping hand through home design and maintenance alone! So, here are a few ideas to get you started on the right foot!
Switching to Renewable Energy
Most properties are heavily reliant on the use of fossil fuels for energy, working mostly through the use of gas. But we’re all well aware that this isn’t a sustainable source of fuel and is having extremely detrimental effects on our planet. So, it’s time to take action and make use of more renewable energies. Hours of research and experimentation has gone into bringing these concepts to life and making them accessible, so make the most of them! Electricity is perhaps the easiest and most accessible choice to go with. Make small changes, such as opting for electric oven over a gas oven. It may seem minor, but if everyone were to just do this, there would be a vast reduction in consumption of fossil fuels.
We’re now well aware that plastic is perhaps environmental enemy number one. While it may be cheap to make (and thus cheap to buy), it is not biodegradable, and this means that when it is disposed of, it ends up in a landfill or the sea for the foreseeable future. Not only does this ruin the beauty of natural landscapes, but various forms of wildlife manage to swallow it, often resulting in serious illness or death for both the individual animal and the food chain at large. So, it’s time to stop buying plastic and to start incorporating more eco-friendly materials into our home design. Consider products such as natural wood plantation shutters, bamboo toothbrush holders, and beeswax wrap instead of plastic Tupperware. The changes are small, but they are extremely effective and easy to implement!
Try Out Natural Cleaning Products
Cleaning the house is such a day-to-day process that many of us never actually stop and question what ingredients or components go into the cleaning products that we use. When you do give this consideration, it’s not all too surprising that there are plenty of hazardous substances in household cleaning products. So, consider using more natural alternatives that won’t cause damage when they find their way back into our natural waterways. These products are also generally created through more sustainable manufacturing processes!
These are just a few small changes to consider making to how you design your home and how you maintain it. The changes may feel odd to start with, but you’ll quickly get into the swing of things!