You have to be very determined (and we all wish we were) to get up early on a weekend and go to the beach to collect waste plastic and to only eat organic products. Fortunately, if you want to take care of the environment, it’s not a matter of doing all or nothing, you can make a start to care for nature in your own home.
Today we show you how to take care of the planet from home. Let’s get started!
1. Check your energy consumption
It may be the case that your energy tariff allows you to use much more than you actually need to. What if you could reduce it a little? This will help you in two ways. Firstly, you will pay a little less and secondly, you will be more aware of how to use the power you have contracted more efficiently.
Some tips are to make better use of daylight hours, switch to energy-saving light bulbs, unplug unused appliances and if you can, install quality windows that will insulate against the outside temperature.
2. Don’t waste water
This seems obvious and no one thinks that their water consumption is excessive, but yes, it happens to all of us. That is why it is important to always remember to save water where you can and only use when it is essential, without waste.
Of course, the first thing to do is to control use of taps and not leave them open more than necessary. Use the washing machine and dishwasher only when you have a full load. Another way to save water is to take a shower instead of a bath, once in a while is ok but it is better in the long run to limit the amount of water that is lost. You can also use small buckets or tubs to store the water left over when you wash your hands and then use it to water plants or wash the car.
3. Choose more sustainable products
This may seem a bit difficult because of all the plastic on the market, but if you take a closer look and change a few habits you will see how you can make your home a greener space.
“Do you want a bag? “No thanks, I have my own”. A bag could be a trolley, a sack or any other substitute for the classic shopping bags. Give a second life to everyday objects, when they have served their original purpose try re-using them for something else. Buy in bulk and bring your own containers, especially if they are made of glass. Go for 100% recyclable products, like the ones you can find in our ZeroLine collection.
OK, this is another obvious one, but it should not be forgotten just because it is obvious. Check all the necessary information to identify which product goes in which container. This way, when it comes to separating, you won’t have any doubts and you will have one less excuse not to recycle waste material.
Remember, paper/cardboard, plastic and glass are the three big classics, but there are many more items which can be re-cycled. In some places there are also organic bins, clothes bins (which also have social benefits), battery bins and medicine bins, among others. Don’t forget one of the most important, the clean point, for hazardous or large waste items.
If in doubt, it is better to find out than to make a mistake or not to recycle at all. And always, always, whenever you can, practice the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
5. Sustainable wardrobe
Be careful because this is not just about the piece of furniture itself which can be re-cycled, but about what is inside it: the clothes. Tell me how you dress and I’ll tell you how sustainable you are. Your wardrobe can be as green as you are if you follow the basic steps. Luckily, you can achieve this without having to wear potato sacks or anything like that, can you imagine?
The first tip is that there is no more sustainable clothing than the clothes that are already made. What does that mean? That second-hand clothes are our greatest ally, plus by buying them you will be supporting local enterprises. There is also a very useful piece of advice circulating on the web. If you have doubts about whether to buy a garment or not, don’t do it if you won’t wear it at least thirty times. You know, buying because you need clothes is fine, buying just because you feel like it is not such a good idea (apart from small and very occasional whims which are allowed).
So that’s it for today. We hope you liked these tips on how to take care of the planet from home. We know that there are many habits to change and that it is not easy. Start little by little with what is easiest for you and over time you can take on more.
Change starts at home.🏡♻️