We missed Earth Day this year but sustainability is always in style. Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years, and for good reason. With the effects of climate change being felt around the world, it’s more important than ever to adopt sustainable practices in our daily lives. One area where this can be easily done is in the organization and cleaning of our homes. Here are some sustainable shifts you can make when organizing and cleaning your home.
- Use natural cleaning products
Traditional cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals that can be damaging to both the environment and your health. Instead, opt for natural cleaning products that use ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. These ingredients are not only better for the environment, but they’re also safer for your family and pets.
- Declutter responsibly
When decluttering your home, it’s important to do so responsibly. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, consider donating them to a local charity or thrift store. This not only reduces waste but also benefits those in need.
- Embrace reusable containers
Disposable containers, like plastic bags and paper towels, contribute to waste and pollution. Instead, embrace reusable containers like glass jars and cloth napkins. These items can be washed and reused, reducing waste and saving you money in the long run.
Our favorite resusable products:
- Stasher silicon bags – hands down the best Ziploc alternative
- Bee’s Wrap – great replacement to Saran wrap
- Aluminum food storage containers – in my opinion, better than glass for kids and the added bonus that they’re lighter too!
- Choose sustainable materials
When organizing your home, opt for sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, and recycled plastic. These materials are not only better for the environment, but they’re also durable and long-lasting.
- Compost food waste
Food waste is a major contributor to landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of throwing away food scraps, start a compost bin in your backyard. This will not only reduce waste but also create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.
- Use natural lighting
Artificial lighting can be energy-intensive and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, embrace natural lighting by opening windows and using light-colored curtains. This not only reduces your energy usage but also creates a brighter and more inviting living space.
- Repurpose old items
Instead of throwing away old items, consider repurposing them for a new use. For example, an old dresser can be transformed into a kitchen island or a bookshelf can be turned into a storage bench. This not only reduces waste but also adds a unique touch to your home decor.
If you no longer have a use for your old furniture, consider donating it to an organization like the Disabled Veterans or listing it for sale (or free) on Facebook. It’s so much better to keep that product in circulation than send it to the landfill.
Sustainable living is all about making conscious choices that benefit both you and the environment. By adopting these sustainable shifts when organizing and cleaning your home, you’re not only reducing your impact on the environment but also creating a healthier and more inviting living space for you and your family.