EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME ECO-FRIENDLY
By now being green should be a part of your lifestyle. We are destroying our planet at an incredibly alarming rate. However the earth will be fine, it’s us humans that have to worry! We owe it to the future generations to do our part to try to protect and preserve our environment. It is our duty to instill environmental responsibility in our children. Children learn from their primary role models…US. If you aren’t making small changes yet, it is never to late to start. Remember every little bit really does help.
by Amanda Griffin-Jacob
I am extremely proud that different cities in the Philippines are banning the use of plastic bags. This is a momentous first step in helping to limit our production of polyethylene (which is derived from natural gas and petroleum) which plastic bags are made from. If you do use plastic bags try to make them go further than a single-use because they are simply not biodegradable.
Some things that you can do:
- Bring your reusable bag when you do your grocery runs
- Reuse any plastic bags you have in your home for storage or trash
- If you are only buying a few items, decline the plastic bag and pop them in your handbag.
- Use cloth diapers instead of disposables. Better for the planet, lighter on your wallet!
Use less paper
Another way you can green your home is to cut back on your paper usage. Always reuse paper for scrap. Find out what recycling programs are near you. Take yourself off mailing lists so you limit the amount of junk paper that comes into your home.
Buying from local farmers not only supports local farming but also lessens environmental impact and our carbon footprint. Transportation for any imported products from abroad usually impacts our environment because airplanes, ships, and trucks are used to transport the goods to your local shops that results in toxic releases into our air.
Water is such a precious commodity. We really need to respect it more. There are many things you can do to reduce your water consumption.
Here are a few simple ones:
- Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth
- Take 5-minute showers. It is possible! I do it everyday.
- Get your partner/husband to turn off the faucet when he is shaving.
- Check your faucets/pipes/toilets for leaks. Leaks can waste an inordinate amount of water.
- Turn off the faucet when you are soaping your hands.
Use non-toxic cleaners
Cleaning agents are not just toxic for people but are actually quite damaging to the environment. Some of the nasty ingredients contained in common household products include toxic butyl cellosolve, triclosan, petroleum, acetone, formaldehyde, toluene, among many others. The production of some of these chemicals have adverse effects on our environment such as producing greenhouse gases
and water and air pollution.
When buying your cleaning products look for the following key words:
AMANDA’S TIP: To save on electricity and help the planet try to use your fans more than your air conditioners. As much as possible I try to use my celling fans to cut down on the amount of time I use my air conditioners. Air conditioners account for a large percentage of CO2 emissions in the world.
Get your whole household in on greening your home. You can make it fun for your kids by coming up with fun conservation activities. Find out what you can recycle and educate your helpers if you have any. It may be a few simple things that you need to do here or there, but everyone has to come together and unite to try to prevent further harm to the planet.