Cultivating An Eco Friendly Home
Being eco-friendly is the newest movement spreading across mommy blogs, and home and family spaces. Unlike many other trends before it, this one has the greater good in mind and a strong focus on the environment. We see the term eco-friendly everywhere from products being advertised to tv shows and on social media. The question is how is it done? How do you keep the Earth in mind in your day-to-day housekeeping and parenting? Here are some tips for cultivating an Eco-Friendly home this Winter.
Save your Energy
One of the easiest ways to reduce your homes burden on the environment and also save cash on utility bills in the process is to take a few small steps towards saving energy. Switching incandescent and CFL light bulbs to LEDs can cause in a dramatic decrease in the energy used in your home. in the same vein buying products that have the energy star emblem let you know the product uses less electricity than some of it’s older counterparts. It’s unnecessary to go out and replace all appliances at once when purchasing new appliances or replacing old ones the energy star emblem is a good indicator of appliances you should consider.
Take Control of your Trash
Everyone knows basic recycling separating garbage, from cans and bottles so that anything that can be saved isn’t chucked into a landfill. While basic recycling is a great place to start when making your home eco-friendly there are other things you can do. Composting is another way to go the extra mile towards considering the environment in how you keep your home. Composting is recycling organics like fruit and veggie scraps into the soil. There are several guides to quick and easy composting available online.
Speaking of trash, take a second look at things that you are disposing of. Gently used clothing, children’s toys, books, and home goods can be donated or advertised on an upcycling or local bartering site. Upcycle sites have some treasures be sure to look there first before heading to the store to purchase items.
Be Mindful of Disposables
Switching from paper napkins to cloth is not only environmentally friendly but gives meal times some added glamour. Cloth napkins need not be expensive, try TJ Maxx, Ross, Target, and other big box stores for inexpensive sets of napkins and taking advantage of clearance sales as seasons change. After Christmas red napkins without designs may be on sale, these napkins can be used year round. Additionally, mixing and matching napkins can add a fun, carefree look to a table or place setting.
Cloth napkins are not the only place where you can cut down on disposable items, consider using flatware as opposed to paper plates. Also making fabric softener sponges is quick and easy and elevates the waste of one-time use of dryer sheets.
Celebrate your Eco Friendly Home
Now that you have a running start on creating a more environmentally friendly house, don’t keep it to yourself. Have a dinner party at your home. If you have kids, invite other moms over to share tips and start a conversation about products. If you want to spice things up a bit have an eco-friendly party. Everyone loves party buses. Rent a party bus and hit the road with real wine glasses and fancy flatware, show the other moms an amazing night out with what you’ve learned about eco-friendly living.