With other things (*ahem* a pandemic *ahem*) taking precedence over the last two years, a lot of us have forgotten about the environmental crises that we’ve been going through for a while now. The environment is slowly healing itself, but there is a lot we can do to help.
Changing small things in your house can help make your living space a more eco-friendly and sustainable environment. This will not only heal nature, but might also help you in return.
Here are some tiny steps you can take to make sure that your home is sustainable.
Not only will this make your home cooler, but also more fragrant, nice looking, and help you in the kitchen when you’re out of herbs! It’s a win-win-win situation for everyone.
Using LED bulbs and eco-efficient technology is a great idea, but if your lights and fans are on all day, then the step becomes redundant. Switch off the electronic devices that are not in use when people are not in the room. Remember what your Indian parents told you and conserve energy!
Separating your trash is a great idea for sustainability. Keeping a compost bin, especially, helps transform food waste into nutrient rich fertiliser for your plants and herbs. If you have a bigger house, you can even have a compost put in the garden. The recycling bin can help you reuse things like plastic and glass bottles.
A lot of mainstream cleaning products have ingredients which are harmful for the environment. Chemicals in detergents and foaming agents are especially bad for nature. Try using natural alternatives for cleaning products on a daily basis.
There are many things that can be created instead of bought. Everytime we buy something, we generate a whole new wave of plastic and other waste. This impacts the environment. By choosing DIY projects, we can help cut down on waste and become more sustainable.
We spend an inordinate amount of money on air conditioning in the house. While at some points it is an inescapable part of living in India, we can cut down on the energy usage by naturally tempering the temperature in our homes. Installing curtains and using light-coloured or eco paint for walls can help reduce the temperature of our homes.
These are just a few ways we can make our homes environment friendly. Home decor should look beautiful, but if there is beauty without functionality in our home then what is the point?
How many of these eco-friendly home decor tips do you already follow?