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There are many small changes you can make in your home, that can truly make an impact on our planet. As an added bonus, these changes will help keep your family healthy, and they will save you money as well.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
It is an easy change to make – and not one you have to make all at once. Start small by purchasing a package of LED light bulbs, and changing the lighting in your home as your other bulbs go out. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but LED light bulbs are the most eco-friendly – plus they are built to last the longest. This saves our planet by consuming less energy, and it saves you money over time, because you will need to change fewer bulbs. Everyone wins!
Bring Live Plants into Your Home
Believe it or not, certain live plants serve a variety of eco-friendly functions inside of your home. They can help to create oxygen, filter common toxins, and purify the air in your home for safer, cleaner air.
Plants that are especially good for removing indoor toxins like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, include:
- Aloe Vera
- English Ivy
- Rubber Tree
- Peace Lily
- Snake Plant
- Bamboo Palm
- Spider Plant
But that’s not all live plants can do in your home. Choosing the right selection of plants, can also help to freshen the air and add fragrance to your home. These indoor plants add an excellent hint of fragrance to the air inside your home, and they are far more eco-friendly than toxic air fresheners and plug-ins.
- Azores Jasmine
- Corsican Mint
- Lemon Balm
Live plants are always good for keeping the air fresh and breathable, but their ability to filter toxins, brighten atmospheres, and add the right touch of fragrance, make them excellent choices for eco-friendly homes.
Switch To An Organic Mattress, Bedding and Furniture
If you’re looking to make an important eco-friendly change for the planet and your life, consider buying an organic latex mattress. These mattresses offer the perfect combination of cushioned support, soothing pressure relief and luxurious comfort. More importantly, you can sleep with peace of mind, knowing that you are not breathing in vocs from harmful toxins and chemicals.
Make sure you look the material in all layers of your mattress and look for the mattress certifications. The following certifications will ensure that you are sleeping on the healthiest organic latex mattress you can find:
- (GOLS) Global Organic Latex Standard
- (GOTS) Global Organic Textile Standard
- Oeko-Tex Standard 100
- GreenGuard Gold
- USDA Organic
Also look for companies who work with the following organizations, which protect and restore our forests:
Also, consider buying organic cotton bedding with the (GOTS) Global Organic Textile Standard and refurbished furniture or furniture made with FSC certified wood and non-toxic, formaldehyde-free stains and finishes. Arhaus is one company that makes furniture, like their earth-friendly sectional couches, with materials approved by the sustainable forestry initiative. These products aren’t only healthier for you and the planet, but they are stylish and nice to have in your home.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
One of the easiest ways to make your home eco-friendly is to clean with eco-friendly products. Many cleaning and disinfecting products available today contain formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The good news is that many cleaning manufacturers today, offer green cleaning products as well. Also, you can make your own natural cleaning products, by using products you may already have in your home. For example, vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and club soda are just a few products you can use for your cleaning. Add a few essential oils, such as lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint to your homemade cleaning concentrate, and you can make your home smell wonderful as well.
Add Water Conserving Features to Your Home
Clean water is one of the most precious resources on the planet. Do your part by installing water conserving features inside of your home. To begin, update your shower heads with low-flow varieties that can conserve up to five gallons of water per minute, when you shower. Water conserving toilets and faucets can also conserve up to 4,000 gallons of water per year – that’s enough to wash 100 loads of laundry.
Also, check your pipes and faucets for leaks routinely and repair them promptly. Even small leaks can waste a large amount of water, while causing damage to your home. That is why it is best to repair them promptly.
Buy Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star is a government agency that rates appliances and other products for their energy efficiency. When you buy products that have the Energy Star label, you’re getting products that have been independently verified to deliver energy-efficient solutions. As a bonus, these products will help you to save money on utilities and they will help to save the planet, by operating with reduced emissions and reduced fossil fuel usage.
Unplug charging devices, electronics, and small appliances when they are not in use. Most people believe that when you turn off an appliance or television it stops using electricity. That isn’t always the case. Certain items continue to use electricity whenever they are plugged into outlets – even if they are turned off. You can also invest in power strips that can be used to turn off multiple items when not in use with the flick of a switch, rather than unplugging every item.
There are many small changes, like the ones listed above, that you can easily make, in your home. These changes can truly make an impact on our planet and they don’t cost a lot to implement. Start with one or two small changes (like LED light bulbs or low-flow shower heads), and scale up over time. You may discover that the results are not only transformative for the planet, but also for your peace of mind and personal comfort.
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