I came upon a great list of ways to make your home greener!
Wholeliving.com (part of the Martha Stewart website) has lots of useful information about taking care of your home, health and life. Below are some highlights from this list of ways to “green-out” your home!
1. RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE! They say if you do just one thing, this should be it…) (we use Howie’s curbside…CHECK)
2. Avoid BPA–use the “good” plastics, #1, #2, #4, #5 (CHECK)
3. Cut back on your paper towels or cut them out completely. I am ordering these!
4. “BYO” (Bring your Own) Bag when going shopping or to transport things like meals to a potluck, etc. They are cheap and last a long time! If you want to continue to use plastic bags, you can take them to Walmart to be recycled when they pile up in the cabinet under your sink! (CHECK!)
5. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones! These are real cute.
6. Get rid of plastic water bottles (recycle them!), use a Brita and drink tap water! (CHECK)
7. Use glass containers for leftovers and food storage–you can microwave them and not worry about chemicals being leeched like when plastic is microwaved. (almost CHECK)
8. Use Green cleaners! Don’t use chemicals you can’t pronounce and burn your throat when you walk through the particle cloud you thought you just sprayed on the wall or floor or sink. I love Seventh Generation products.(CHECK)
9. Don’t use your garbage disposal as much or at all. “If you aren’t composting food scraps, Kate Heyhoe, author of “Cooking Green,” says it’s better to throw them in the trash than to grind them in the disposal. Food sent down the drain often winds up in the landfill after the sewage treatment plant, so save the electricity — and 2,000 gallons of water per year.”
10. Use organic cotton shower curtain liner and curtain or a non-PVC liner that won’t give off harmful chemicals. (CHECK)
11. Displace water in your toilet if you don’t already have a “low-flow toilet”. Use an old half-gallon milk jug, fill it with water and put it in your toilet tank to displace the water. It could save more than 4,ooo gallons of water per year! (CHECK)
12. Use your window treatments during the day and at night! “The average person can save 25 percent on heat in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer just by using the added insulation of window shades.” — Thomas Kostigen Keep your shades or curtains open during the winter and closed in the summer in rooms that are not in use. (CHECK)
13. Conserve electricity in ways that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own (or at least I wouldn’t have thought of this:) “You probably already know you can save energy by plugging chargers and other “vampire” electronics into a power strip with an on/off switch. But how often do you remember to flip that switch? Mindy Pennybacker recommends buying a Smart Strip that turns itself off when it senses that appliances are idle.” Also, unplug appliances when not in use (that aren’t on a power strip) like your coffeemaker, toaster or paper shredder–they all suck energy even when not being used. (CHECK)
14. Be wary of buying toys that could contain toxins. Look for toys made of natural materials, like Sprigtoys.
15. Lose the shoes! “Wiping your feet on a doormat before you step inside is good, but removing your sneakers altogether is even better. “So many studies show that we bring dangerous pesticides and chemicals into our homes on our feet,” says Sarah Beatty, founder and president of the Green Depot. “Taking off your shoes is one of the simplest and most important things anyone can do.” (We have a “shoes go here” sign on the floor by our front door:) CHECK)
These are just some of the ways you can make your home more eco and health-friendly! For more info check out Whole Living’s site about making your home greener!
Do you have any good ideas? Comment below!