2020 has brought us many unexpected surprises, to say the least. Many countries have enforced lockdowns, which have come with many highs and lows. One positive thing is a reduction in global emissions and improved air quality in cities.
Surely this seems like a big plus for the environment. However, people spending a lot more time at home may also be causing problems. Humans are using more energy to watch TV, play video games, and use household appliances. Let's continue healing the planet by being mindful of our habits, no matter where we are.
When you think of easy ways to be eco-friendly, you may not realize that a lot of them have to do with outside activities. Bringing reusable bags to shops, not littering, and walking or taking public transport. While these are all great habits to maintain, there may be certain things you could improve on at home.
Compost your organic waste.
We hope you're already recycling. The next step to take to a green life is composting your organic waste. This basically means food scraps and plants. When you remove these items from your garbage can, you'll be amazed at how much less waste you're creating. And you don't need to have a big garden to do it.
Designate an empty bin to become your compost bin and get started. If you live in an apartment or small house, you can keep your compost bin in the freezer to avoid annoying fruit flies. Some cities already offer a compost program with their garbage collection, which makes things a lot easier. If yours doesn't, you will have to find a program or a neighbor that can take your compost off your hands.
Make your appliances energy-efficient.
The easiest things you can do are switching your light bulbs and doing your laundry with cold water. If and when you need to switch out a bigger appliance, like a washing machine or oven, look for energy-efficient models.
Unplug your appliances when they're not in use.
After your phone is at 100%, you probably unplug it from the charger. But do you unplug the charger from the socket? It's a small thing, but as long as there is electricity in the socket, there will be a running current of energy. Turning off lights when you're not in the room also falls under this category.
Avoid using a tumble dryer.
This is still achievable even if you don't have a garden or space for line drying. There are plenty of compact drying racks that will fit in the smallest of apartments.
Use green/eco-friendly cleaners.
Traditional cleaners tend to have harsh, toxic chemicals that run down the drain and into your local water supply. Fortunately, there are more eco-friendly alternatives that will still leave your house sparkling clean. And while you're at it, make the switch to reusable cloths instead of paper towels or pre-packaged wipes (if you haven't already).
Be mindful of your online shopping.
We get it; it's super convenient to be able to shop from the comfort of your bed or couch. But online shopping can create a lot of waste, with the combination of (sometimes) excess plastic packaging and deliveries that can leave behind a big carbon footprint. Try to shop local as much as possible. If you need to shop online, do your research and find online stores that ship with eco-friendly packaging.
Convert your mail to email.
Try to reduce the number of paper bills and mail you receive as much as possible by switching to electronic versions. It's much neater this way too!
Going green is a lifestyle, so make sure you commit at home and outside.