5 Ways to Embrace Sustainable Choices at Home

Sustainability is something that we all need to think about if we are to turn the tables on climate change. Defined as a movement that promotes the well-being of our planet by ensuring we do not deplete its natural resources, sustainability really is the key to us leaving a healthy planet for the younger generations. Here are some ideas as to how you can make more sustainable choices around the home so that you can make a positive impact on our environment too. 

1. Composting 
You can drastically reduce what you send to landfill just by setting up a compost heap in your garden. Throw food waste onto your heap to create a thriving natural habitat that will provide you with great soil for your own garden. It's much better than sending it straight to landfill where, without natural elements to aid in breaking it down, it can actually sit for many years to come. Plus, natural composting produces zero methane, something which can't be said for other methods of producing compost. Starting your own compost heap is actually quite easy, so why not get started today? 

2. Shop locally 
Many shoppers are really starting to consider the impact of their purchases on the environment. In fact, 71.4% of shoppers say that they really take the environment into account when shopping for groceries. One of the best ways to shop responsibly is to shop locally. If you purchase local produce, you are not only helping to build a thriving local community but you are also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of your groceries. Reducing carbon in the atmosphere is one of the main goals when it comes to sustainable living. 

3. Reduce your energy usage 
Energy usage around the home is one of the biggest contributors to climate change because of the carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere in its creation. Do whatever you can to reduce energy usage, whether that's turning down the thermostat, turning the heating off when you are not in, switching appliances off at the plug when not in use, or making sure you have adequate insulation. If you can, you should also consider switching to a greener energy supplier. We should be rewarding those who make efforts to invest in renewable technology. 

4. Recycle 
Recycle as much as you can in the home. Your local authority might collect some items on your behalf that can be recycled but often, their efforts are lacking. There is so much more that you can recycle if you look into it. It might mean taking your items directly to specialist processing stations but it is well worth it as a win in the battle to save the planet. Save your items up for a bit and take them all in one go to reduce your carbon footprint. You could even offer to save up and drop off items for friends and neighbours. The more that is recycled, the better. 

5. Use natural cleaners and pesticides
Many of the cleaners, pesticides and weed killers that we purchase are toxic and when we wash them away we are actually polluting our water. Luckily, nature has supplied us with an abundance of ingredients that make fantastic cleaners. White vinegar, for instance, does an amazing job on mirrors and windows whilst baking soda easily gets out most stains. Using natural cleaners will be easier on your budget and kinder to the surrounding environment. Using natural pest control in the garden will prevent damage to important pollinators like bees and butterflies. 

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