Sustainability has become a hot topic, with more and more people realizing the importance of looking after our planet.
Creating a sustainable home might seem impossible, but with some simple habit-swaps and intentional living, you can help our planet. Read on for 3 steps to create an eco-friendly lifestyle and a sustainable home.
Repair Before Replacing
Sustainability is all about finding simple ways to reduce your impact on the environment. One of the easiest ways to do this is to maintain and repair your old items before you get rid of them and buy replacements.
Simple repairs can increase the longevity of your clothing, appliances, and furniture. And they don’t require too much effort! Here are some simple repairs or changes you can make before you replace old items:
- mend holes in clothing items
- reupholster old furniture
- revarnish wooden furniture
- take broken appliances in for repairs
- fix broken tools
If you look after the things you already have, you make a habit of consuming less. Be intentional and ask yourself if you can repair an item before jumping at the chance to buy a new one.
The burning of fossil fuels is extremely harmful to the environment. It results in land degradation, pollutes our water, leads to global warming, and gives off harmful emissions that damage our air quality. On top of that, we only have a limited amount of fossil fuels. When they run out, we’ll need to find a different energy source!
Solar energy is a renewable energy source, meaning that it will never run out. Installing solar panels is a great way to look after the planet and reduce your carbon footprint. Reach out to your local solar company and ask about your options regarding going solar. Different types of solar panels will suit your roof type and lifestyle.
Reduce and Reuse
The three R’s of sustainability tell us to reduce, reuse, and recycle. There’s a reason recycling is last on the list!
When moving toward being more sustainable, it’s best to spend most of your energy reducing and reusing. Recycling is great for unavoidable items, but it’s very easy to fall into the “oh well, I’ll just recycle it” mindset. If recycling is your focus, you forget to actively avoid harmful products.
Treat recycling as a last resort. Instead, focus on reducing your consumption of plastics, paper, and single-use items, and reusing any items you already have.
Create a Sustainable Home Today
Creating a sustainable home isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first. Once you’re in the habit of intentional living, it becomes easier and easier to make choices that help our planet instead of harming it.
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