A sustainable lifestyle is an embodiment of green living. When you choose to consider the effects of your current lifestyle, you tend to make better choices for the future. You carve a path for you and your family to secure tomorrow’s needs and wants.
Green living isn’t only about what you do at home. It’s part of your life. It’s the real estate development with a close-to-nature concept. It’s the house and lot in Cavite with a community that supports the Green Agenda and raises awareness on how to integrate sustainability into their daily lives. It’s a neighborhood that organizes a drive for people to come together, share their ideas and put them into action.
Even if you aren’t in a neighbourhood that prioritises green living or in a house without organic materials, you can still integrate green practices into your simple home living. There are several ways to do it. It’s best to apply the solutions based on each room than making it an overall affair.
Use locally-manufactured pieces of furniture.
When you choose local, you minimize your carbon footprint. Homegrown manufacturers acquire their materials within the area or country. Furthermore, getting furniture from Bacoor doesn’t have to be shipped, so it consumes less petroleum over imported home items. The material and construction are important factors when buying a piece of furniture. It’s best to choose those with renewable wood, organic fabric with non-toxic glues.
Decorate with woven rugs or DIY macramé wall hangings.
Green living revolves around the “4 R’s” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink. Do-it-yourself rugs minimise waste and allow you to use tattered fabrics, snips, and leftovers from a couture project. If you don’t have any, go for all-natural jute fibers. It is biodegradable and recyclable which is also ideal for macramé tying. If it is not available, purchase non-toxic rugs and textiles free of synthetic dye. Most of all, make sure they are washable.
Purify the air with a plant.
Revert to the natural way of cleaning by letting the plants do their work. Some species of plant convert oxygen at night, so you’ll get royal treatment while getting some shut-eye. Aloe Vera and snake plants are examples of greens that improve air quality in the bedroom.
Pick one hundred percent organic cotton as beddings.
Pillowcases and blankets with this type of cotton use water-based dyes. It is also breathable and soft to touch as it has a smooth surface.
Install a ceiling fan to spread the air.
Cold air goes down while hot air rises. The ceiling fan running on low speed will circulate the warm air during winter time. It will also be helpful in houses at Dasmarinas during -ber months when the temperature drops.
Install low-flat toilets.
The toilet only consumes 1.8 GPF (gallons per flush) of water while maintaining it’s pressure.
Use towels made of organic cotton.
Cotton is light yet absorbent. Thus, beach towels are thicker than the average bath towel. Unfortunately, they are not as durable as cotton and polyester combination.
Personalize soap dishes and containers for other bathroom essentials.
As much as possible, refrain from purchasing plastic containers and storages. Try your hand at creating your dish using the items you have. You can use an old ceramic mug to hold toothbrushes while the bowl can be a safe landing for hair ties and accessories.
Purchase all-natural hygiene and cosmetic products.
You can try soap, hair products, and lotions made from plant-based materials. They don’t have synthetic fragrances that can cause allergies and skin irritations. However, make-up and other skin product have a short shelf life and may react to sunlight.
Other Parts of the House
Here are some pointers to prep your home towards sustainable living:
1. Paint with low VOC paint. Volatile organic compounds contain hazardous chemicals.
2. Have programmable thermostats, so the air-conditioner only operates when the designated temperature is reached.
3. Use energy star-rated appliances.
4. Use LED lights or CFLs. LED stands for light-emitting diode while CFL stands for compact fluorescent lamps. They place high in the price range, but these lights produce the least amount of heat and energy.
5. Insulate the attic and walls using borate-treated recycled newspaper. Borate, a natural compound composed of oxygen and boron, is a fire-retardant.
7. Refrain from using synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Instead, make your compost.
It is possible to make your home sustainable and green if you know how to do it. Understanding and recognising the impact of your choices can help you think of your green living tips. Every type of home can follow these tips to improve the quality of their life.