It’s no secret that the planet needs us now more than ever. The indulgences of modern life have led us to a critical moment in time when the future of a healthy environment hangs in the balance. This is why so many people are now becoming more environmentally focused by cutting back on their carbon emissions and leading more sustainable lifestyles. It might sound daunting at first, especially to those who haven’t yet started their eco-friendly journey. However, once you realize that environmentally-friendly doesn’t mean compromising on style, it makes decisions much easier. Here are some ways you can create a more sustainable household for yourself and the planet.
Fashion is a vast industry, and the various stages of production, transportation, and disposal involved in the process are exceedingly harmful to the planet. Many large clothing brands are far from ethical or sustainable. It can be heart-breaking news for someone who loves keeping up with the latest styles, but many solutions are emerging. Since fashion works in cycles, people have become obsessed with thrifting and finding hidden gems among old pieces of clothes. Not only are you helping to save the planet by reducing the carbon emissions produced by fast fashion, but you are also creating for yourself a more eclectic and unique wardrobe. You can also find new designers who create beautiful clothes while keeping their production as environmentally clean as possible.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have their own outdoor space, but a little goes a long way. Start a miniature indoor garden for decorative or useful plants – maybe grow your own salad ingredients or spices. If you do have an outdoor garden, get creative with décor and avoid using materials and furniture that aren’t compatible with the surrounding environment. Even your current garden fence can be updated to be more stylish, eco-friendly and durable. You can achieve a great look at discount prices by looking for great alternatives. Fill your garden with plants that will help to process the air and opt for furniture that lasts instead of contributing to plastic waste. Solar panels, of course, are always a great idea, as well as water features to encourage local wildlife. It’s hard for an eco-friendly garden not to look absolutely beautiful.
It’s not just about setting up the static elements of your life to be environmentally conscious. To maintain the eco-paradise that you’ve created, it’s important to be aware of the little nuisances that build up over time. Take notice whenever you find yourself using single-use packaging or non-recyclable products. Once you’ve started to spot these items, it’s easy to switch over to more sustainable and often more luxurious alternatives. The quality of design that goes into more sustainable products makes them far more aesthetically appealing than cheap plastic equivalents so you’ll be sure to maintain your style and low carbon footprint by keeping your home uncluttered by useless items. If you don’t want to see your old possessions thrown into landfill – as so much is nowadays – then have a dedicated cupboard for objects that your guests can choose from and keep. It makes you feel good to give to a friend, to get rid of unwanted clutter and to help save the planet.