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Eco-friendly Tips & Tricks to Adopt at Home

by Voices Wellness 31 Aug 2021
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Help to cut carbon footprint when you make the effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle from home. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Spending more time at home might be great for those with a good grasp of work-life balance, but not so for those struggling to keep their electricity bills down. The recent spate of warm days isn’t a coincidence either—a recent United Nations report says that it’s a “code red for humanity” as climate change has led to soaring temperatures past a level of warming in about a decade.

It’s about time we made some effort to reduce the carbon footprint we’re chalking up, between our newfound habits of relentless online shopping and ordering takeout.

Reduce and reuse before you recycle

 Like the phrase goes, “reduce, reuse, and recycle” should be done in exactly that order. As recycling takes up energy, along with its own environmental impact, consider reducing and reusing first. Consider your needs and wants before making unnecessary purchases that will only clutter your home. If you need something for a once-off project, consider borrowing it from a neighbour or friend. Before throwing something into the trash, think about how it can be reused. Containers like jars and bottles can be easily repurposed, while old magazines can be used as protective surfaces for food prep or your little one’s doodle sessions.

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Takeaway in reusable containers

If you’re opting for meals to be delivered to your doorstep regularly, it might be worth investing in reusable containers and cutlery. This helps to cut down both single-use packaging and plastic cutlery, resulting in a more sustainable ecosystem for both restaurants and diners. Popular options include insulated food containers from brands like S’well and Hydro Flask, which come in a variety of sizes to keep your meals hot on their journey home.

Choose energy-efficient appliances 

While it’s not feasible to refurbish your entire home, it’s worth researching before making your next big purchase or fixing a malfunctioning appliance. Keep an eye out for products with a good energy efficiency rating or those that utilise renewable energy. If budget allows, consider electric cars, solar panels, water-saving showerheads, and even climate-friendly lightbulbs. Those with a smart home set-up can also try electricity-saving modes or set the air-conditioner to automatically turn off after a certain period.

Whip up your favourite dishes

Tired of succumbing to expensive delivery charges? Consider cooking up a storm in your kitchen instead. A healthier and more cost-efficient alternative to dining out or taking away food, cooking cuts down energy usage in the food industry. Shopping for your own groceries allows you to become more conscious of the choices you’re making, in terms of picking healthier produce and snacks. Meanwhile, recipe inspirations are aplenty on the Internet, YouTube, and on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

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Use natural cleaning products 

When it comes to cleaning products, most of us have a go-to house brand that’s value for money. But if you’re conscious of your family and the planet’s health, it might be worth choosing natural cleaning products. These tend to be free of harsh cleaning ingredients such as bleach and include naturally derived, non-toxic, and biodegradable components made with sustainable manufacturing processes. When in doubt, support cleaning brands that offer zero waste and refill options. Feeling creative? Make your own cleaning agents using citrus peels and vinegar.

 

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