Sure, deciding to lose weight, work out and quit eating fast food are all great goals for the new year. However, the best ones you can make this year are connected to green living, because our planet is really struggling. So, here are a few green ways for your family to live organic and make your home healthier and cleaner.
Purge your home
Removing clutter is one of the best ways to live organic this year! Why? Well, it will allow you to lead a stress-free, clean and organized life. Plus, it’s quite easy to stick to. Schedule monthly home cleaning sessions with your family where you throw away and donate everything you don’t need. You can also be smart about the things that you buy. Make sure you only spend money on items that you really need and like.
Reduce energy waste
This is a great New Year’s resolution, because there are so many different ways to reduce energy waste. Plus, the whole family can participate and make a few energy-efficient changes. You can start quite small and still make a difference. For instance, try remembering to turn off the lights after exiting and turn off the taps when brushing your teeth. Even your young kids can respect those rules and contribute to your lower energy bill and energy waste. However, if you really want to make 2019 energy-efficient, you can boost your insulation and replace old windows with more efficient ones. For a really big effect, you can even install some solar panels onto your roof.
Boost natural materials
Filling up your home with natural materials will not only make it look much more attractive, but also healthier and more comfortable. So, this year, try to limit your shopping to only natural materials and leave ugly polyester in 2018. For instance, if you’re looking for a new rug for your living room, opt for a gorgeous natural rug that will bring eco-friendly softness to your home. Cotton, wool, jute and hemp are all amazing choices. No matter which one you choose, your home will instantly feel much more pleasant and less stuffy (natural materials off-gas much less than synthetic ones).
Learn to recycle
Just because you’re recycling, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. There are different types of plastic and not all of them can be recycled, so it’s good to know what you’re doing. For instance, people from the recycling facilities say that plastic bags are quite hard to recycle. They jam the machines, so they need their own facility to be turned into a new product. Using canvas totes is a much better solution than recycling plastic bags. There are more great recycling tips like this online, so make sure to get educated!
Another great way to green up your home is to really add some greenery to it. Just a few potted plants can improve your air quality, make all of your house members feel better and even add some color and freshness to your home. Plus, plants are quite cheap and if you choose the right type, you’ll only have to water them once in a while. Think big figs that look amazing in every corner or go small with a peace lily in every room. Indoor plants are also a great way to teach your kids about botany, ecology and responsibility.
Clean the indoor air
If you want to boost not only eco-friendliness, but also health in your home, start from your indoor air. The air inside your house can be full of dust, pollen, mold and other harmful things that can cause allergies and other health problems. So, make sure to install an air purifier in your home that will ensure your air is clean and odorless throughout the New Year.
From plants to solar panels, all of these green home improvements will make your home a greener, healthier and more cost-effective place. So, pick a few of these great New Year’s resolution and green up your family home!
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