ENVIRONMENT MATTERS: CHOOSING BETTER FOR OUR EARTH HOME
Can you still have a beautiful home and be a friend to the earth? The answer is yes. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The most important thing is to start where you can. There are small, achievable changes you can commit to that will make a difference. Here are some things you can choose to do right now:
5 simple earth-friendly changes:
- Buy local
Committing to choose locally made over imported when possible is a simple swap that not only reduces the carbon footprint of your purchase but is also a positive choice for local businesses and their employees.
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- Invest in quality products that last
Avoiding waste is one of the biggest earth-friendly changes you can make. Consciously changing wasteful consumer behaviour that views cheap and disposable as the first choice, commit to invest in the best quality you can with the aim of caring for and maintaining what you have to make it last as long as possible.
- See the light
One small change with a big impact that you can make this week, is to change the lightbulbs in the most used areas of your home to LED.
Switching to energy-efficient LED lights reduces up to 80% of your electricity usage, also saving you units on your bill each month. The plus side is that LED lights are available in a wide range of stylish options to compliment your home decor. It’s a win-win.
Choose one thing to switch from wasteful to sustainable by investing in a reusable version. Start small and switch to a reusable coffee cup for your takeaway or buy a canvas shopping tote and say no to plastic bags.
A great swap is starting a collection of Stasher bags to replace single-use, disposable plastic zip packets. Once you start using these, you will never look back.
These amazing reusable silicone bags replace so many disposable items in the kitchen, from foil to zip bags. Stasher bags have endless uses such as freezer storage and cooking. They can even be used to make microwave popcorn which means no more single-use packets thrown in the bin after enjoying a snack.
- Choose better materials
Consider choosing items made from recycled and earth-friendly materials.
Brabantia Recycled Aluminium Frying Pans are made from 100% recycled aluminium with handles made from recycled wood particles.
Bedding made from Tencel is an earth-friendly choice. Tencel fibres are fully biodegradable and are made using an extremely environmentally friendly production process, unlike many other cellulose-based fibres.
Remember that the journey to sustainability and better choices is a journey. Don’t be put off by perfection, choose one change at a time and go from there.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau (Zero Waste Chef)