No change is too small when you‘re trying to convert your home to become greener. Did you know that over one million bottles of water are purchased every minute across the globe? And sadly, landfills are not the only places that these bottles end up. Many single-use plastics, including water bottles, straws and bags, end up in the oceans. Researchers predict that by 2025 there will be one tonne of plastic waste in the ocean for every three tonnes of marine life. So, what can we do to reduce our waste? The answer is quite simple.
By making thoughtful and sustainable choices like avoiding single-use plastic bags, straws and water bottles, these efforts slowly but surely impact the earth for the better. Think about the items you use every day and how you can opt for a more sustainable option. If you are still struggling, or don‘t know where to start, I‘ve compiled a list on how you can shift your daily habits to reduce your carbon footprint.
- Using and carrying your own metal straw instead of grabbing single-use ones
- Having stainless steel water bottles for everyone in the house
- Taking your meal to work in a reusable container instead of buying lunch in single-use plastic
- Using glass storage containers for leftovers
- Making your own fresh coffee instead of buying takeaway
- Using biodegradable garbage bags
- Proper recycling, and making compost with food waste
- Growing your own herbs and vegetables
- Collecting rain water and using it for plants
- Consciously unplugging electronics and outlets when they are not in use
- Switching to a sustainable search engine
- Saving water by turning taps off when brushing your teeth or washing dishes
- Donating frequently, giving old belongings a second life
- Eliminating fast fashion, and buying second hand or from sustainable brands
- Making your own green cleaning supplies
How do you protect the earth in your own home? Let me know in the comments, or on Instagram.