5 Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

 Photo via @kinfolk

Photo via @kinfolk

1. Only keep the furniture you need

Figure out what your essentials are and what you don't need in your home. Do you need both a dresser and a wardrobe? Do you need both a desk and a bedside table? Probably not. Excess furniture makes your home look crowded and it attracts dust - which means more cleaning for you. When you need new furniture, check out secondhand or antique stores first and buy items that are made to last. If breakages do occur, try to repair or upcycle to avoid unnecessarily throwing things away.

2. Find eco-friendly bedding

There are many companies that now produce organic and ethically made bedding. Do your research to find brands that use organic certified cotton, minimally processed fibers and support sustainable manufacturing processes. 

Environmentally-friendly bedding means environmentally-friendly mattresses, too. The majority of mattresses on the market are made from synthetic fibers and foam, which don't biodegrade and are a nightmare in terms of recycling. Think smart next time you buy a new mattress. Even some "green" mattresses are still laced with chemicals, only just less than a standard mattress. Look for products that are free from harmful substances and with natural fibers that are organic and sustainable. 

3. Be mindful with your laundry

Wash synthetic clothes less frequently and for shorter washes to save the environment and your water usage. Front loading washing machines are better than top loaders for the environment as they save water, energy, and even detergent.

4. Consider your lighting

This means more than just turning off lights when you leave a room. Go for LEDs bulbs - they're energy efficient, long-lasting, and cheaper in the long run. They're also easier to dispose of and create less of an environmental impact. 

5. Your wardrobe matters, too.

Do we really need all of the clothes we own? We tend to wear the same clothes regularly and keep others in the wardrobe “just in case”, which is just a waste. Before you think about getting rid of old clothes, try sewing up any rips and tears to increase their lifespan. Old, damaged clothes can be made into rags for cleaning and you can donate wearable unwanted items so someone else can find a way to use them.