Practicing sustainability at home is one of my aim since we have started to move in to our new home. I am currently a homemaker, and so I am getting this opportunity to have a system to make our daily life easier and build good habits. I believe that having an effective system at home, things begin to go more smoothly. I believe that when we put our things at home in order, our relationship with our family gets closer and leads to a happy and a healthy living.
I wanted to create a living environment for my own family that is filled with only the things we love, a home that is mindful and conscious to it’s surroundings. I wanted to live my life in such a way that my values are aligned in to my actions, and creating a cozy, healthy, and sustainable home is one of them. In this post, I will share some of the things how we practice sustainability at home:
1. Second Hand First
Since we moved in to our new place for almost two weeks now, our home is actually still empty. We don’t want to rush things and buy items we thought we would really love and ending up filling up space. Only the things such us bed and utensils for cooking and eating is all we have at the moment, and we were fine. Second hand items, provides us to save a LOT of money. Here in Norway, things are overflowing, you will find a good quality furniture, appliances, clothes you name it. Research and look around to your area. Some people grown tired of this things, and sometimes they just want to give it away for free because they want to get rid of it. There are things though like refrigerator and washing machine is smarter to get brand new, we did this because it could actually serve us longer years if we will get it new (machines often will have problems in the long run). It is also important for us that what we bring inside at home is only the things we really like and will serve us long term, if we couldn’t find it on second hand shops, then that is the time we choose to get it brand new. The rule that we have is, SECOND HAND FIRST.
2. Ditch the Reusables
I am trying to be aware of what we are repeatedly purchasing and research for an alternative that can also do the job without creating waste and spending money for those things regularly. For instance, table and kitchen napkins, we never buy these things only to throw after being used, instead I replaced them with cloths and yes it will last forever. That is just an example when I transitioned myself into having a zero -waste lifestyle. I’d share more about it here on my blog in the future. It’s good for the environment, good for you, saving you more money and it’s aesthetically pleasing too!
3. Have a Waste Sorting System
The country that I am living in has a very good system about their garbage, Norway knows the benefits of doing this that is why there is no question in implementing it. They even turn there food trash into bio gas and that’s what their public transportations getting energy from. It is very important to be conscious of what we are consuming and throwing away, I think each human being should take responsibility. I know it’s hard to to practice such things, when the place you are living in doesn’t support such action, but don’t be discourage, try to begin at your home and reach out to your community.
4. Switch to Non-toxic Cleaning Products
It’s important to know what’s in your products, and the chemicals for cleaning should be your number one target to check on. When I was Au pair and cleaning houses, my eczema went back and what’s horrible is it’s all over my hands. It was tough and hard on my daily living, now that I have a full control of what cleaning products I use, my eczema was gone and never went back! I have several of other reasons as to why I chose only natural products to clean my home and I never really looked back.
5. Bring Home Indoor Plants
Houseplants make the best air purifiers. They have the ability to cleanse the air from toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene which are usually found in paint, cigarettes, vinyl and solvents. Plants can also raise the air’s humidity by releasing water as moisture vapor – this can protect us from getting respiratory problems, dry coughs and sore throat. They reduce stress (at least for me) and help me sleep better plus they are just so beautiful at home and cozy as a decoration!
6. Choose Eco-friendly Fabrics
While this is a new practice for me and still learning. It’s mind-blowing why you should choose natural fibers on your fabrics. Clothes that are made from polyester are actually releasing microplast each and every time you wash them. It goes into our ocean, fish finds it as their food that could harm them and the reality is, we are also consuming these harmful microplast through eating seafood. Yikes!
7. Make it last
Knowing how to take care of your items is a great way to make them last. And by doing this, you don’t only save money but contributing into slow consumption and thus producing less waste. In this time and age, human beings produce and consume way too much of what we actually need but I always believe that one household practicing being a mindful consumer is already contributing a huge help to our environment.
A sustainable home gives me a good feeling, it might sound like a lot of job for some people, but in reality it is a way of living simply as well. I love coming home in a place where I know It’s kind for the environment and healthy for me and my family.
Do you practice sustainability at home as well? I would love if you’d share some tips to me!