5 Ways to a more sustainable home29th Mar 2020
During these uncertain times we are all spending a lot more time in our homes than what we are used to. The impact on our daily habits are still taking shape, and we’re all having to shake things up and adapt our daily routine. We are going to use this time to get a little creative, and make our homes as sustainable as possible.
Here are our 5 top tips to on how to be more sustainable at home:
Make your own cleaning products
If you’ve been in any supermarket in the past couple of weeks you’ll know that the shelves are BARE. Keeping your home clean is more important than ever before, and you can’t get cleaning products anywhere! Fear not - you can make them yourself, it’s super easy and way more sustainable. It’s time to ditch the antibac wipes, which are terrible for the environment, and make your own multipurpose spray. Saving the planet one spray at a time!
All you need is:
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
-1 tbsp baking soda
- ½ a lemon
- 1 litre hot water
- Spray bottle
Combine the ingredients, pour into the bottle, shake and spray - it’s as easy as that!
Air freshener is another product you can make at home. You’ll need scented essential oils for this, if you don’t have any, you can get them really cheap on Amazon.
Fill a spray bottle with water and add 8 - 10 drops of essential oil. If you have vodka in the house add a tablespoon, as this will help your air freshener dry faster. Always shake before you spray, as the oils float on top of the water. Our fave is lavender and chamomile - you can also use this as a pillow spray for a dreamy sleep!
Use food mindfully
The current situation really shows us how spoiled we are, we can get any food we crave within minutes. Although not being able to get the food we want is frustrating, we have to adapt our usual habits. We live in a disposable society, each week I throw out loads of food - veg if it isn’t looking so fresh, meal prep I haven’t eaten because I’ve popped into M&S for a meal deal instead and even packets of biscuits if I’ve had a binge and want them out of the house so it doesn’t happen again! We have to learn to waste less food, now that it isn’t as accessible, which is a great way to be more sustainable at home.
There are lots of easy ways to do this, you just need to be organised!
- Make a shopping list before going to the supermarket (or doing your online delivery if you’re lucky enough to get a time slot - not bitter at all!) I find going through recipe books, and making a meal plan really helps.
- You can download free apps such as BigOven for tips and ideas on what to cook with leftover food.
- Start growing your own fruit and veg. Obviously they won’t be ready immediately, but homegrown vegetables are a great way for living more sustainably in the long run!
Drink from the tap
British tap water is among the best in the world. Millions of tests are conducted each year to guarantee the best possible quality of water. In the UK 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, many are discarded, and end up polluting our rivers and seas. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, try keeping a jug of it in the fridge with a few wedges of lemon and lime - ice cold citrusy goodness!
Support local business
It’s so important to support local businesses at a time like this, try to buy from local markets providing fresh fruit and veg that are in season. Shopping locally, where you can, is great for sustainable living - remember to take your Baggu rather than using plastic bags!
If you do fancy a takeaway at the weekend, try and source it locally from an independent restaurant in your area.
Integrate reusable items in your home
Reduce, reuse, recycle - right? There are so many household items we use each day which we could easily swap for a reusable option.
Replace traditional cling film with reusable cling film and reusable plastic bags - these are great for storing leftovers and meal prep as they take up less space than tupperware (which always seems impossible to find the matching lid for!)
Reusable cotton pads are an amazing alternative, they’re so much softer than regular cotton pads and way more sustainable.
Using a Mooncup rather than tampons is another way to be more sustainable. The Mooncup is honestly a life changing purchase.
Not only are all of these reusable options a great way to live more sustainably, but they will also cost you less in the long run - saving the planet AND your bank balance!