Making your home environmentally friendly without any renovation

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t mean that you have to renovate your whole property. In fact, even the smallest of changes can make a huge difference to how environmentally friendly you are in both the short and the long term.

Invest in a kitchen compost bin

Keeping a compost bin in your kitchen will allow you to store organic waste such as food scraps instead of putting it in the bin you use for all other rubbish. The bin will turn peelings, meat scraps and even dairy into rich soil that can be used to grow your plants outside. Don’t worry, all of them are designed to eliminate odour and detract flies, and you’ll probably be able to find one that’s just as stylish as it is functional.

Rethink wooden furniture 

While wooden furniture might be an attractive option to match your home décor, if you’re concerned about the environment then you might want to rethink what you go for. When you shop, watch out for reclaimed wood as this furniture will have been created from previous pieces. Buying vintage instead of new is also preferable, and if you buy a piece that’s well-made and durable, it’s likely that you’ll be able to hold onto it for a number of years.

Get used to recycling

If you don’t already recycle, then you need to consider it – seriously! However, even if you do recycle, you might not be sticking to the rules of your local government, so it’s well worth checking this up so that your recycling doesn’t end up being a fruitless effort. There are plenty of sleek and stylish bins on the market today so invest in a few to make it easier to separate the paper from the plastic. To make your recycling quick and easy we recommend buying a few bins in different colours.

Switch to LED 

These days, most light bulbs that you buy in stores will be LED meaning that most that you have shining in your home right now are environmentally friendly. However, if there are a few lamps in your house that still have incandescent bulbs, get switching. You can still buy LED lights that emit the soft, warm glow that you’re used to from incandescent bulbs and they’ll even lower your electricity bill.

Purify the air 

Trust us when we say that something as simple as going out and buying a few houseplants can work toward improving the quality of air in your home. Some of the best air-cleaning plants include spider plants, English ivy, nephytis, dragon trees and gerbera daisies. In time, you’re bound to feel the benefit.

Start with these tips and in no time at all you’ll be producing the smallest carbon footprint in your building.