In a world so large, it can sometimes leave us feeling as though we’re not able to make any real difference. This is especially true when it comes to the current climate crisis, where we’re often left feeling overwhelmed and not knowing what to do next.
But the truth is, we can all make a difference.
We’re always looking for small but impactful ways to make a difference, which is why we’ve put together a list of sustainable ideas for homes. All of these tips and tricks can be done immediately, and they’re cost-effective.
Ideas For A More Sustainable House
What is a sustainable house, and how can you bring a little bit more green to your space? A sustainability home optimizes energy and water use. Incorporating these nifty additions to your home, along with small lifestyle changes, means you’ll actively be making a positive change in the world.
Switch to Sustainable Bedding and Towels
One of the most common sustainable house features is eco-friendly bedding and towels that are kind to the environment. Delilah Home's organic sheets are chemical-free, so you can sleep well knowing that you’re doing your part in reducing your carbon footprint.
And it's not just in the bedroom that you can make the change. Delilah Home's organic cotton towels are luxuriously soft and completely non-toxic. They also hold a Global Organic Textile Standard certification that guarantees the towels are free from the nasty bleaches used on standard cotton towels.
Invest in a Compost Bin
Did you know that the food waste that ends up in landfills produces methane? Nutrients from the food don’t have the opportunity to biodegrade into the soil and are left rotting away.
An easy way to effectively dispose of your food waste is to purchase an affordable compost bin. You can simply scrap your leftovers into the bin, and over time it’ll turn into compost that your garden will thank you.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
This isn’t something that needs to be done immediately. Rather, when you notice your light bulbs looking a little dim and dead, you can simply switch to an energy-saving bulb.
These energy-efficient bulbs have been around for years, but technology is always finding a way to make them more affordable and effective.
Opt for Green Cleaning Products
Everybody wants to have a nice smelling, clean and cozy home. But we often forget about the consequences that cleaning products have on the environment. Harmful chemicals filter into our water systems, while plastic bottles end up discarded in landfills.
Nowadays, it’s as simple as walking into a grocery store and being wise about the products you choose to purchase. Online stores or environmentally friendly health stores also stock a wide range of cleaning and self-care products that are kind to the planet.
Even better, use easily accessible products like lemon juice, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda as an alternative to terrible bleaches and detergents. They’re fantastic at getting rid of grease and killing germs. They're also great at helping whiten your sheets.
Plant Your Own Veggie and Herb Garden
Now that you’ve produced your own fertilizer, put it to good use and create your own nutritious veggie garden. Spend a day out in the sunshine building your veggie boxes and planting your favorite vegetables - you’ll be rewarded with an endless supply of goodies.
Herbs don’t take up much space at all, making them the perfect addition to your windowsill. The obvious advantage is having only the freshest herbs to complement your home-cooked meals.
Thrifting Is Your Friend
Thrifted items have been loved by previous owners, and now they can be loved all over again in your home. Items can also be restored into pieces you cherish by adding recycled wood finishes or beautiful hemp fabric.
Reuse Your Jars
Whether it’s peanut butter or jams, purchasing these treats in glass jars is a lot better than opting for plastic. While glass is great for recycling, it’s also a handy addition to your home.
Use empty glass jars as drinking jars, DIY craft projects for children, storage for fresh flowers or as a pot plant, and spice containers. They’re also perfect for holding a breakfast on the go.
With your own veggie garden and compost, grow tasty strawberries, and make homemade strawberry jam - which can conveniently be stored in your reusable jars.
An Eco Kettle
If it’s time to start looking for a new kettle, great! Eco kettles are designed to reduce your carbon footprint by being more power conscious.
If you’ve got a standard kettle, you can still make small changes to save up some energy. Before switching to the boiling, think about how many cups you’re going to be drinking. There’s no need to fill the kettle up for just one cup of tea, which uses a lot more energy.
Creating Your Sustainable Home
What’s great about these eco-friendly home ideas is that you won’t need to change your lifestyle by taking extreme measures. Transforming your space into an eco-friendly home is something simple, yet so rewarding.