You don’t have to change your whole life to change your world.
You can make positive changes this from the comfort of your own home through actions that you already do everyday.
These easy hacks for each room will turn your home into an eco-wonderland by greatly reducing your impact on the environment and helping you live a more sustainable lifestyle.
So let’s get started!
Room 1 – The Bathroom
1. When brushing your teeth, make sure to turn the tap off
save an astounding 6 litres of water
that would have otherwise gone down the drain with no purpose. It’s a no-brainer.
2. Put a bucket in the shower while the water is heating up
You’re paying for every drop of water that comes out of your shower head, so you may as well use it, right? Instead of standing there with your hand under the water and letting litres of it flow down the drain, use the contents of the bucket for your plants, washing up or even shaving your legs.
3. Avoid products with mircobeads
Tiny pieces of plastic
have been added to thousands of everyday personal care products such as face washes, soaps and exfoliants and are spelling disaster for marine life. These beads flow straight from your bathroom sink into oceans as they are too small for treatment plants to filter out. Sea creatures then eat or absorb them and they enter into our food cycle as they are not biodegradable.
Room 2 – The Bedroom
4. Sleep mindfully with organic cotton sheets
The average person spends
one-third of their lives
curled up in bed, so it’s important to invest in quality, clean and long-lasting bed linen. Conventionally-grown cotton uses
than any other crop in the world and it also requires massive amounts of water. But did you know that some of the pesticides used to grow
can still be detected in fabrics after you take them home? If there’s one place to opt for organic cotton, it’s in bed. We recommend checking out the mindful linen created by
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When it comes to lighting, LEDs are the clear winner. They are up to 80% more energy efficient than traditional lighting, they contain no toxic elements (unlike fluorescents) and last up to 6 times longer than other types of lighting. So, next time your bedside lamp bursts why not consider replacing it with this eco-friendlier option? You can find LED light bulbs at supermarkets or check out this
LED Buyer’s Guide
6. Breath easy with indoor plants
Ever heard of
sick building syndrome
? Our homes contain pollutants as a result of the chemicals and machines we use in them and they can cause us to experience respiratory problems and headaches. Thankfully, NASA has developed a list of the best
for cleansing your home of nasty pollutants. They include common and inexpensive varieties like the Peace Lily which are also perfect for beautifying your bedroom.
Room 3 – The Kitchen
You know they’re bad, but you’ve still got a collection of them at the bottom of the pantry. “But I re-use them!” you protest. And then what? Did you know that
Australians use over 4 billion plastic bags every year
? That’s over 10 million new plastic bags a day and over 400,000 of them are dumped into landfill every minute. Yikes. Do your bit to break the cycle of plastic bag use by refusing them at the shops
in favour of your own re-usable bags
8. Dispose of waste properly
Now that you’re saying no to plastic bags, how do you get rid of your old collection? Whatever you do DO NOT put them in your recycling bin as this will contaminate the rest of the contents. Instead, collect them along with any frozen veggie packaging, biscuit packets and bread, pasta and rice bags and recycle them at your local
Coles supermarket with a Redcycle bin
. This way, they will be made into outdoor furniture and signage instead of going to landfill and marine creatures’ tummies.
9. Reconsider your leftovers
Aussies discard up to 20% of the food we purchase
. Not only does that equate to $8 billion of wasted money, but a whole lot of unnecessary methane being released into the atmosphere (which is 25 times more potent that the carbon coming out of your car exhaust). So, make this the year to
get creative and plan your meals
around what you’ve got left over in the fridge and control your portion sizes to avoid scraping your plate off into the bin.
Room 4 – Laundry
Even if you adjust the water level according to how full your machine is, washers use between 1200 and 3000 Watts of power per cycle, so make it count.
11. Dry your clothes on the line
This will save both water and energy! Washer/Dryer combination machines use water to condense steam in the drier mode and some models even use more water in the drying process than in washing.
12. Use grey water safe detergents
Many laundry liquids and powders contain toxic ingredients that end up on our skin and in the water supply. Just one such example is phosphates, which promote algae growth starving waterways of oxygen and killing their inhabitants. Luckily, this is really easy to avoid with products such as
So go on! Make 2017 the year that you enact small changes to make big impacts on the world around you. What would happen if we all gave it a go?
Editor’s note: Darcie’s original article has been updated by Kendall Benton-Collins. Good On You did not receive any compensation for recommending these brands. Ratings are correct at time of publication. Images via Unsplash and Pexels.
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