Many of us have probably wondered what we can do to protect our environment. We hear the news about climate change every day, so sometimes prioritising convenience over sustainability can be a terrible guilt trip. Don't worry too much, even the best of us sometimes find that a bottle of mineral water can't make it to the next recycling bin and ends up in the communal bin. But with our daily habits we can do a lot to live more consciously and healthier lives for ourselves and our planet. And how?
Choose eco-friendly products!
Feel like a hero every time you clean - and not just for a sparkling clean home! By buying products that are not toxic to you when you inhale them while cleaning, or to the living environment when they end up down the drain, you're already helping to protect the environment. So you can do something for the common good from the peace of mind of your home, and if you have pets at home, you can rest assured that they won't come into contact with chemicals that could harm them. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, choose a brand that is openly pro-environment and uses recycled and natural ingredients, like Cycle. You can help the natural cycle too!
Watch your energy!
Using water, electricity and gas wisely is not only good for your wallet, it's also good for the planet. And it's easier than you think. For example, turning off the lights when you leave a room quickly becomes second nature. What's more, if you replace your traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs, they won't consume much energy during use, and you won't have to worry about your favourite lampshades discolouring from the heat they give off when lit.
Do it yourself!
Are you familiar with the home handicrafts we heard so much about from our grandmothers? It's worth remembering them, because not only do they keep traditions alive, but they can also freshen up your favourite household items. Whether it's a pot that's broken or a shirt with a hole, with a little research you can make it new again and it will be a source of pride every time you use it! And when you're washing or cleaning, you won't have to wonder what the cleaner you're using is made from when you rediscover the power of vinegar, baking soda and other readily available ingredients! If you haven't been following eco, green or DIY sites, now is the time.