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A few easy tips for making your home more eco- friendly

I think it is reasonable to say that most people (that would read this blog anyway) would like to live in a more eco- friendly environment.  We live in a world of convenience and comfort, which is great for us but sometimes not so great for the environment.  Here are a few easy tips to turn your home into a Green Zone.

1. Ditch the plastic. Bring back the Glass.

Glass is better than plastic, period, for leftovers, water bottles, kid containers and pantry items. Plastic leaks, and unless it's BPA free, it will leach chemicals you don't want in your water or food.

2. Listen to Nelly Furtado and turn off the light!

Nelly knew and so should we by now.  Lighting accounts for around 5% of household greenhouse gas emissions, so do what your mum tells you and turn off the light when you leave the room.  While we are talking lights you may also consider changing to more energy efficient bulbs.

The same goes for appliances.  Appliances on standby account for a whopping 10% of your electricity bill.  So turn them off at the power point.   

3. Use non-toxic cleaners:

Heavy duty house cleaners do make life that bit easier, however it is hard to keep track of the amount of toxins and chemicals we are exposed to in our home.  Here are some non-toxic household staples which can be used as a safer (and cheaper) alternative.

 Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

This wondrous white powder is probably the most versatile product in your home.   Mix with vinegar to clean drains, with liquid soap as a scrub. 

Lemons

Not only delicious with mineral water, lemons can be used as a laundry brightener, metal polish, grease cleaner or when combined with baking soda to remove tarnish from brass, copper or aluminum.

White vinegar (not balsamic)

White distilled vinegar is effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals.

 

I understand that there are times when these aren’t going to cut it.  For the tougher stuff there are plenty of eco-friendly products out there that use natural, organic ingredients.

 

 

4. Compost

Probably not ideal for people that live in units but for those lucky enough to have gardens should consider composting.  Food and garden wastes create greenhouse gases when they break down in landfill due to the lack of fresh air when decomposing. Composting is a great way to reduce your household’s greenhouse gas emissions as it allows organic waste to break down naturally. For every kilogram of organic waste you compost, you will save approximately one kilogram of greenhouse gas. 

Change your sheets..... to Organic Cotton.

Going organic for cotton has a range of benefits.  It’s softer and easier on the skin to start.  But it is also good for farms and small scale farmers health and wallets as  they save money by not buying pesticides.

 

 

It’s all about little easy changes.  This is by no means an exhausted list, there are so many things you can do to make your home a little more Green.  Good luck

 

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