Living sustainably is not just a fad of the moment, but a necessity that cannot be renounced. Few tips from us on how to live sustainably.
Saving the planet may seem like too ambitious a goal, but there are many things we can do every day to contribute, inside and outside the home. In this article you will find some tips on how to live sustainably you can adopt for a more eco-friendly lifestyle in your home, without giving up anything!
What does sustainable living mean?
Sustainability is a term that translates to many areas of life and everyday living. The 1987 United Nations definition states:
Humanity has the capacity to grow sustainably [and thus] to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the opportunities of future generations to meet their own needs.
Fundamentally, this means that one should think not only about oneself in one’s actions, but also about the effects those actions may have on others. Also, you should always have both the future and the present in mind.
Sustainable living tips: 6 tips for you and your home
A sustainable lifestyle does not only mean eating, cleaning or dressing consciously with healthy and natural products, but also equipping yourself with sustainable furniture for your home. Sustainable design is a trend that is gaining momentum, with beautiful and eco-friendly furniture solutions that are affordable for everyone.
Let yourself be inspired by our tips for living with a clean conscience and integral to your daily life! Fear not: it’s not as hard as you might think.
Minimalism: a sustainable lifestyle
Sustainability is a lifestyle that goes well with minimalism. People who choose to furnish their homes in a minimalist style have made simplicity their motto. Because of this, minimalism and sustainability are often on the same page.
Minimalism is incredibly liberating and enriching at the same time. Eliminate the superfluous, get rid of the things that no longer give you pleasure, and instead invest in sustainable products that burden our planet and other people as little as possible.
Keep your furniture
We live in a “disposable” society. Many people prefer to dispose of their furniture in landfills instead of repairing or caring for it properly. Yet, it’s the vintage pieces of furniture that give any home its original charm! Ever heard of creative recycling? Recovering old furniture instead of throwing it away and giving new life to dated items is a great habit for a more sustainable living.
One tip: clean your furniture regularly, but avoid chemical cleaners! Also, leather surfaces can be kept soft with the right leather care. If you take these little tips to heart, you’ll enjoy high-quality furniture for a lifetime.
Another thing you can do starting now is to try and reduce the amount of plastic in your home. Adopting a plastic-free lifestyle isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. Here’s how to put this concept into practice in your everyday life.
It is better to use cans, boxes, glasses and other containers to store food, instead of plastic bags. This not only saves waste and improves the environment, but also the appearance becomes much more elegant. You can read more about this topic in our article dedicated to the Zero Waste trend.
In the bathroom, a solid soap on a nice ceramic bowl is not only eco-friendly, but also looks much better than the conventional plastic bottle.
To avoid accumulating so much plastic in your home, you can make sustainable decisions right from the supermarket, preferring food packed in paper. You can also bring reusable cotton bags from home to put fruits and vegetables in. There are even stores that offer their products completely without packaging or using natural packaging. Such stores are slowly opening in all major cities in Europe.
Start using a water bottle instead of plastic bottles. You’ll stay hydrated all day without harming the environmentSustainable cleaning with home remedies
To live more sustainably in your home, you should avoid using harsh cleaners with too many chemicals. This not only has a positive effect on the environment, but also plays an important role in terms of health. In addition, those who want to clean 100% sustainably can also create their own DIY cleaners using ingredients found in organic or health food stores. In some cases, you already have some home remedies in your closet that can be used for cleaning, such as vinegar or citric acid. Plus, you can even reuse old packaging without throwing away the plastic!
Conscious use of energy
Living environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up everything. To raise the level of sustainability in your home, it’s worth reducing your energy consumption! Here are some basic tips:
Find power parasites (appliances that consume energy on standby) and unplug them as soon as possible, switch to green electricity and turn your home into a Smart Home!
Even the heating doesn’t have to be on full blast all the time, but rather should be running constantly at a moderate temperature. A proper temperature for a normal room is around 19-20 degrees and is completely sufficient even in winter.
Buy sustainable products
Of course, it is also possible to live sustainably by using quality products. There are now many brands that attach great importance to a sustainable production process, fair working conditions and eco-friendly materials in the interior sector as well. On theGreenders you’ll find many brands that are committed to sustainability – sign up for free and give your home a new eco-friendly look!