Who isn’t concerned about the ever-present dangers of our fragile planet? Combating climate change can be a daunting challenge; those personal small fixes around the house can make a big difference.
Here are some ways you can make small changes in your home:
Ditch the pods– experts estimate that the number of single use coffee pods currently in landfills could circle the earth more than 10 times. Switch to another method, like a French press or a classic drip coffee maker! Here is one of our favorite French press.
Wash the right way- things like polyester shed microplastics in our waterways. Microplastics are found in 82 percent of drinking water worldwide, per a recent study. Trap them by tossing a microplastic catcher or a “guppy bag” in each load, always wash in cold water, and whenever you can, line-dry.
Reduce your water usage- the amount of water available to us is limited, believe it or not. The problem will only grow as Earth gets hotter. On average, every minute of shower time uses two gallons of water. Reducing an eight-minute shower by 60 seconds will save 60 gallons per month. How easy!
Buy a bidet- the average American uses as much as three rolls of toilet paper a week! That’s 2700 trees down the toilet every day. A $100 bidet attachment is greener, cleaner ,and saves money!
Eat REAL Food- For your own well-being and the planets, give up heavily processed food. Eat more plant-based items, and cut back on meat and dairy, because methane from cows is damaging to the environment.
Give your bed a makeover- The most sustainable thing you can do is use what bedding you already have, but if you need to replace yours, choose organic cotton, bamboo or eucalyptus. It avoids the pesticide and fertilizer pollution created by traditional cottons.
Bring the outside in– Consider growing a few houseplants as natural air purifiers. Fiddle leaf figs and snake plants, which produce lots of oxygen, are popular and attractive options.
Find a better bulb- Replace traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. Not only do LED bulbs last 40 times longer than incandescent, but they are also 60 percent to 75 percent more energy efficient.
*Source: People mag, April 19, 2021, pps 70 to 76.