Living an eco-friendly lifestyle and making your home green isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think.

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle and making your home green isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think.

With these tips, hopefully you’ll be inspired to incorporate some, or even all of them into your own home and ensure a better and healthier future for all.

 

Tip 1: Stop Buying Plastic Plates, Cups and Utensils. Just Stop

Although plastic was once seen as the ultimate in convenience, there’s a fast-growing consciousness that it’s a serious adversary to our planet’s health.

Instead, use products from Cheeky Home, who provides wonderfully designed paper products. What’s even cooler, for every product purchased, they donate a meal to the hungry.

 

Tip 2: Set Up a Recycling System For Yourself

Following a proper recycling system is one of the easiest steps you can follow.

It can be as easy as buying separate containers and disposing of trash and recyclables in the proper ones, or as advanced as an automatic waste sorter.

The most basic method is having two separate bins, one for paper, and one for plastics, but you can include more for glass, metals, or for products you’re not sure of.

Remember to properly dispose of medical trash as well.

For example, never flush old or expired medications down the toilet. Treatment plants aren’t designed to handle these types of waste and it can show up in our drinking water, waterways, and oceans.

Click here, to find out where you can recycle locally.

 

Tip 3: Burn Soy Candles

When you burn candles, it’s always best to use Soy based candles.

Many of the candles we use today contain toxic waste that they release into the air when they’re burned.

Not only do soy candles burn up to 50% longer, they smell better and are a lot better for the environment as well.

We love the candles from Maddison Avenue.

Who knows, maybe we’ll create a special #HollywoodHippy blend sometime soon!?!?

If you want to learn more about soy candles, Livestrong has an informative article about the benefits of using soy candles.

 

Tip 4: Buy All-Natural Cleaning Supplies, Or Make Your Own

All the cleaning supplies we use end up back in the water. This counts for personal cleaning products like shampoo and body soap, as well as for household cleaning supplies.

There are numerous studies showing that this negatively influences water used for irrigation on our foods, and has been linked to numerous cases of causing illness.

By using Seventh Generation products, you will live healthier and help the environment as well.

They stock products for household cleaning and personal hygiene, and even have products for babies.

If you would rather make your own eco-friendly cleaning supplies, it’s much easier than you think!

Watch any of the videos below to find out how…

 


Or

This article also has a few helpful recipes for homemade cleaners that are definitely worth checking out.

 

Tip 5: Get Some Cool Indoor Plants

Did you know that plants recycle and cleanse the air in your home?

By incorporating some nice houseplants in your home, your air will be much cleaner to breath, and will make your home more beautiful.

If you want to know the top 9 houseplants for air purification and are easy to maintain, be sure to check out this article.

 

Tip 6: Purge

Everything in your house should bring you joy. If it does not, or you are uncertain, get rid of it.

A cluttered home or cluttered workspace, results in a cluttered mind as well.

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.-   Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will help you unclutter your home and reduce your stress tenfold.

A truly eco-friendly environment includes your mind!

 

Tip 7: Grow Your Own Herbs

Growing your own herbs is one of our favorite ways to get more in touch with Mother Nature.

It helps the environment and your pocket by reducing wasteful consumerism (who hasn’t had to throw away unused produce?), and also gives you a sense of pride and achievement for growing your own stuff.

Plus, no herbs taste as yummy as the ones you poured your heart and green thumb into!
17 Tips For Starting Your Own Herb Garden is a great place to go if you want to start growing your own herbs.

 

Tip 8: Use Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

Using energy saving light bulbs will not only save you money, but also help save the environment.

By using less energy, your electricity bill goes down, and by using less electricity, our reliance on man-made systems is decreased.

There is no need to rush out and buy energy saving bulbs for all your outlets, but you can start by replacing the old bulbs as they fail with new, energy efficient versions.

 

Tip 9: Use Less

If you keep in mind the saying, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Making your home more eco-friendly should include reducing waste.

Reduce your electricity consumption by using energy saving bulbs like we mentioned before, but also by turning off lights when they are not needed, or turning off televisions and other electronic devices when they’re not in use.

Using power strips with an on/off button is an easy way to turn off multiple devices with the flick of a switch.

WikiHow has an incredible article about reducing energy consumption. You can read it HERE.

 

Tip 10: Replace Old Appliances with Energy Efficient Ones

Replacing your appliances might sound expensive, but it works out to savings in the long run. You save on your electricity bill, and the federal government even offers tax rebates for energy-efficient purchases for your home.

 

What Now?

There are hundreds of different ways to make your home more eco-friendly and live in a more sustainable way.

We would love to hear your tips to living a more green life.

Leave a comment and tell us what we forgot!

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