April has arrived and with it the sentiments of environmental conservation. Earth Day is April 22nd after all. There are so many ways that you can make a positive impact on the environment. Many of those changes can be done within the confines of your own home. In this article, you will learn 7 easy hacks to make your home more eco-friendly.
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Compost Like a Pro
Composting is an easy way to repurpose your food waste and minimize the amount of garbage that you send to the landfill decreasing methane gas production. The decomposed food matter that results from composting is wonderful for feeding your garden or your indoor plants. Certain foods in particular have a many benefits for your plants. You can read more about them here.
If you’re wondering if composting will be a pain or cause unwanted odors around your home, here are a few small composting containers that are discreet, and help curtail excess odors.
Grow Your Own Food
One way to exercise your green thumb is to grow your own food. While gardening is a hobby that does take practice and patience to get the best harvest, new technologies make gardening easier than ever.
An indoor Aerogarden is perfect for those who don’t have a large outdoor space or want something more manageable.
Companies like Lettuce Grow help make gardening a reality no matter how large or small your outdoor space may be. Their vertical farm stands use 95% less water than traditional gardens and require less space.
Ditch the Paper Towels
By now, we are all aware of how wasteful using non-recycled paper products can be. Why not invest in eco-friendly reusable cloth towels? Cloth towels are more effective at absorbing spills, and can easily be cleaned with your laundry. You can even make your own reusable cloths for free by cutting up old t-shirts or using old bath towels that you’d normally throw away.
Repurpose Jar Glasses
Another freebie you already have in your home are glass jars. Your pickles, favorite jam, and cocktail olives all have something in common. They all come in a reusable glass jar. In my family, we’ve used these jars for drink glasses (great in summer for a big mason jar full of sweet tea), and I even use them to grow my avocado plants from the seed. So many ways to use them as they make great storage containers too! Simply remove the sticker on the outside of the jar and you have yourself a perfectly good storage container.
Resell Those Clothes
In recent years, thrift and resell clothing has made a huge comeback. Besides your local thrift and consignment stores, there are digital marketplaces such as Poshmark and ThredUp which make buying and selling gently used clothes convenient and lucrative. One of my favorite resell companies is The Real Real. The Real Real is a luxury consignment store with online and brick and mortar store fronts. They specialize in verified luxury brand deals and their consigners can earn a hefty commission.
Next time you’re culling your closet, consider one of these platforms to sell your gently used designer clothing to help someone give it new life and earn some extra cash. Who knew shopping could be fun AND eco-friendly?
Mend and Dry Clean
In the days of old, it was very common for clothes to be repurposed and worn by numerous members of the family. Women were often equipped with the skills to sew and make minor alterations helping preserve and extend the life of everything from socks to jackets. In our fast paced modern society, oftentimes our immediate reaction to a ripped shirt or a broken heel is to toss it in the trash. Why throw it away when you can have it mended by a tailor or shoe cobbler (yes they still exist)? I recently had the soles repaired on my favorite pair of ballet flat for a reasonable cost. Do a quick google search to find your area tailor or shoe cobbler and get your clothes repaired. They’re begging you to give them a new lease on life.
Install Efficient Toilet
A great way to make an energy efficient upgrade in your bathroom is to install and efficient toilet. A toilet that constantly runs water is a waste of water and your money! An energy efficient toilet will allow you to control the amount of water flushed each time the toilet is used. This reasonable investment can save you hundreds of dollars a year in the long run.
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