Single-use plastic and CO2 emissions are the biggest sources of pollution. And we’re all becoming more aware of the need to be eco-friendly.
These days, many of us do the basics, such as recycling. But when you look at the bigger picture, there are lots of ways to be eco-friendly that will benefit the planet and allow us to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
While not everybody can afford solar panels or Energy Star appliances, these 5 changes are easy to do, don’t take a lot of time and can turn your home into an eco-friendly place.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
There are many ways you can reduce your energy consumption. For example, you can choose to keep your home warmer during summer months and cooler during winter months. Rather than using your dryer, consider line drying your clothes. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs also consume less energy and last longer than old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs.
Grow Your Own Produce
If you have space in your yard, consider starting a little veggie patch. Many cities also have community gardens you can take part in if you don’t have space. You can even grow a small herb garden in your kitchen if you live in an apartment.
By growing your own food, you eliminate the miles required to transport produce to your local grocery stores. You can also choose to avoid nasty chemical pesticides that often cover grocery store produce.
Compost Your Food
A large percentage of landfill trash consists of food waste that does not break down. Through composting, we reduce landfill waste and re-purpose food scraps as nutrient rich soil that you can add to your garden.
Reduce Plastic Usage In Your Home
Single-use plastic is everywhere. And as the most pervasive material on our planet, our addiction to plastic is destroying our planet and our health. Plastic leach chemicals, especially when heated. So, bring your own reusable bags when grocery shopping, use glass containers instead of plastic ones and make the switch to stainless steel drinkware.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Most cleaning products found in stores have tons of harmful chemicals you don’t want in your home, especially if you have pets and kids. DIY your own with vinegar, water and essential oils for a more natural, eco-friendly alternative.
At NAYAD, we’re all about creating reusable drinkware that are not only stylish and easy-to-use, but also better for the planet. As the first brand ever to use coffee grounds as the coating for stainless steel drinkware, the NAYAD Tinos will become your go-to cup. The coffee ground material keeps your hands safe from heat and it’s a great alternative to single-use disposable coffee cups.