If you are aiming to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, then this is the blog for you. There are so many different ways that you can work to reduce your carbon footprint and do your bit for the planet. In this article, we’ll talk through some positive changes that you can make within your home to create more eco-friendly spaces. Below, we’ve listed some top tips room by room, to help you on your beautiful eco-friendly journey.
The list of positive sustainable changes that you can make in your kitchen is endless, but we have listed some of the most helpful ones here. If you don’t already, recycling is one of the easiest and quickest ways to help the planet. This can be done through bins provided from your local council, or at your local recycling centre.
Another positive eco-friendly change you can make is to use cleaning products which are more environmentally friendly. Many cleaning products are now clearly labelled when they are more environmentally friendly, so they are easy to identify. Eco-friendly products will have benefits, such as having ingredients sourced from renewable sources, refillable containers, or packaging made from recycled plastic/no plastic at all.
The items you use when in the kitchen can also be more sustainable or eco-friendly. For example, rather than using a paper towel or kitchen roll when cleaning, why not swap to a reusable microfiber cloth instead. Another great tip is to ensure you use reusable kitchen towels and bags instead of single use ones.
Lastly, you can batch cook when cooking to limit your food waste and oven or appliance use.
The living room
There are also many changes you can make to the living room to make it a more eco-friendly space. Simple changes could be to swap your lights to LED lights instead. You could also invest in a smart energy metre or energy-efficient TV.
Rather than buying ornaments for your living room, why not invest in plants as decoration. If you are planning on redecorating, you can go for eco-friendly paint, which is made from renewable ingredients. When looking for new furniture, options such as purchasing good finds from charity shops or purchasing furniture made from recycled materials are also better for the planet. Depending on your creativity levels, you can also upcycle old items that are in need of a bit of tlc.
Couches that are made from renewable materials rather than synthetic components are good options to go for. Materials such as synthetic leather aren’t great choices for a couch when aiming to be more environmentally friendly. This is because the use of plastic is high when making these products. Couches made from natural materials like cotton are better, more eco-friendly choices. You can also look out for carpets or flooring made from natural materials, such as from wool, sisal, or seagrass.
Composting bins in your garden are a great way to make your garden more environmentally friendly. Compost bins can be used to recycle your garden waste into compost. This is good for several reasons. Not only does it create free compost for you to use within your garden, but it also enriches your soil and saves water by helping your soil hold its moisture. Using a compost bin also reduces the need for chemical fertilisers and encourages the production of beneficial bacteria in your garden. This will make your garden more resilient and support it to be a beautiful place for wildlife and vegetation. You can also invest in solar panels in your garden to support the production of energy for your home from a sustainable and renewable source of sunlight.
There are also several things you can change regarding the bathroom to help the planet. Behavioural changes such as taking a shower instead of a bath can be helpful in reducing your water consumption.
You can ditch single use bottles for your shampoo, condition, or shower gel and opt for eco-friendly alternatives instead such as soap or shampoo and conditioner bars. Switching your plastic toothbrush to a one made from bamboo can be another great way to help the planet. By avoiding the use of these plastic items in the bathroom, this massively helps the planet as it reduces the use of single-use plastics. These cannot be recycled and cause various wildlife and landfill problems.
Other alternatives in the bathroom could be to switch your toilet paper to a brand which is responsibly sourced, or to switch your sanitary products to reusable items, such as a moon cup.
Lastly, when it comes to the bedroom, eco-friendly changes you can make include looking for organic bedding or curtains, made from natural materials instead of synthetic ones. At Ely Mattress, we feel that one of the best changes you can make to help the planet is to invest in a natural mattress. Using materials such as horsehair to make our mattresses makes them more sustainable and environmentally friendly, because the materials in our mattresses are natural, they are reliable and durable, but also biodegradable.
Ely Mattress also responsibly recycles your old mattress without using harmful chemicals or gases. This helps reduce the number of old mattresses that end up in landfills each year, and prevents the use of unnecessary chemicals used when disposing of mattresses.
For more information on our mattresses and the benefits they have for the environment and for your health, read about our 13 layers.
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