Your home is a space that’s well and truly yours. A place in which you should live, laugh and love while being the truest and most authentic version of yourself. The version that only those closest to you get to see. Its walls should resonate with your style and personality. It’s decor should be the canvas upon which you express yourself and let your tastes be writ large. Your home should be a place where you can leave all your worldly cares at the door and be with the people who mean the most to you in the world.
Still, that doesn’t mean that your home exists in the background. In the digital age, we’re better informed than ever about the impact our choices as consumers have on the environment. And with climate change an increasingly unavoidable reality, we all need to do our bit to reduce waste, lower our carbon footprint and make our homes more sustainable. But not everyone has the budget to fully replace their windows and doors and install cavity wall insulation. Here we’ll look at some practical and realistic ways you can live more sustainably...
The kitchen is one of the rooms in which you can actually make the most meaningful changes. And the fridge is one of the best places to start. If you’re serious about doing your bit for the environment, you should concentrate on eating more plants and less of everything else. Animal agriculture and the production of meat, dairy and eggs requires far more land, water and resources than the growing of plant based foods. What’s more, the raising of livestock for food is actually one of the world’s leading causes of air and water pollution, ocean “dead zones” animal habitat loss and species extinction.
You might also want to take a quick look under your sink. All those cleaning products won’t do the environment any favours when they’re flushed into your water system. Consider using natural alternatives like spirit vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. They work every bit as well for cleaning!
You can make your garden more sustainable by planting trees to improve the atmosphere, composting your food waste and growing your own delicious fruits and veggies. You can also massively reduce your heating costs by installing an oil tank from Tanks For Everything in your back garden. This will allow you to make your home a little more self sufficient and eco-friendly.
There’s no denying the cost appeal of fast fashion, but the industry has a pretty terrible track record both in terms of environmental damage and the way it treats its overseas workers. Sustainable fashion may cost a little more, but it’s getting more affordable by the year and is a fantastic way to look great without a stitch of guilt.
Nobody expects you to live a perfect and blameless life. But we’ll help reverse the damage we’ve done to our planet if we all do as much as we can much more efficiently than if 30% of us are doing everything perfectly!