Start the year off on the right ecological footprint with these simple yet effective eco-friendly resolutions. With the arrival of a new year, resolutions are top of mind for many of us. Instead of worrying yourself with weight-loss woes or ways you can save more money, this year, why not think about some resolutions that can help benefit our beautiful planet?
Making an effort to become greener at home doesn’t mean you have to become an eco-warrior overnight. You can make a big difference by making small changes.
Avoid wasting energy.
Generating electricity is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. We can help improve this in our own homes by ensuring that all electronic devices are switched off when they are not in use.
Also, consider installing green additions to your home this year. Even smaller changes, like using LED light bulbs can have a positive impact on the environment not to mention reducing your power bills.
Use eco-friendly and natural products.
When buying products for your home, keep an eye out for “eco-friendly,” “biodegradable,” or “non-toxic” labels. You should also consider switching to natural beauty and cleaning products.
Get rid of the plastic.
Plastic pollution is an issue all over the world, and can be damaging to humans, animals and the ecosystem. We can reduce plastic waste in our homes by choosing alternative products. Do your shopping with reusable bags and swap out your plastic sandwich wraps for biodegradable packaging. This will save you wasting hundreds of plastic bags every year!
Be water smart.
Water is something that should never be wasted, however. To save water, make sure you’re spending no longer than four minutes in the shower, and ensure that taps are tuned off whenever they are not in use. Other ways to be water smart include installing low-flow shower heads and collecting rain water where possible.
We all know the importance of recycling paper, plastic and glass. But what else can we recycle, repurpose, or give away to someone else? The age old saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is something that we should be embracing. Before you throw something out and contribute to the ever-growing landfill, think creatively about how the item could be used again perhaps through some creative recycling projects or by donating your belongings to charity.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.