As we begin the new year, what better resolution is there than to have a more eco-friendly home? Creating a sustainable home not only benefits the environment but also enhances the well-being of your household. Here are some eco-friendly resolutions to consider for a greener, more sustainable living space (and lifestyle) in 2024.
Waste Reduction Practices
Although it is difficult to achieve a zero waste lifestyle, you can do your part in creating less waste by incorporating simple practices into your daily routine. Invest in reusable containers and bags, compost kitchen scraps, and recycle diligently. In some cases, these swaps are cost efficient as well. For example, instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles, invest in a nice reusable water bottle. Stanleys and Yetis are extremely popular right now, and can even keep the ice in your water cold for hours on end. Cutting down on single-use plastics and packaging is a small change that collectively makes a significant impact on reducing landfill waste.
Sustainable Decor Choices
Give your home a fresh look by incorporating sustainable decor. Choose furniture made from responsibly sourced materials, such as reclaimed wood or bamboo. Instead of buying mass-produced furniture, shop at second-hand stores or on platforms such as Facebook Marketplace for beautiful furniture. By going this route, you can also choose to DIY your furniture, helping you achieve a piece that is perfect for your living space. Additionally, you can opt for eco-friendly paint and finishes that have lower levels of harmful chemicals, creating a healthier indoor environment for your family.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Swap out conventional cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives. Many brands now offer biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning solutions that are gentle on the environment and safe for your family. You can also make your own cleaners using simple ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. In addition, opt for cleaning products with less-plastic refills to repeatedly use the same bottle, reducing plastic waste.
Transform your outdoor space into an eco-friendly haven. Plant species that require less water and maintenance. For Pennsylvania specifically, there are many different types of shrubbery and flowers that are native to the terrain. By composting garden and kitchen waste, you not only reduce landfill contributions but also enrich your soil naturally. If you are an avid gardener, consider exploring the world of container gardening and vertical gardening to maximize space while minimizing environmental impact.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Mindset
Embrace the mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in every aspect of your life. Before making a purchase, consider if it’s necessary, and, if so, opt for products with minimal packaging. Repurpose items whenever possible, and recycle responsibly. By making this simple mindset shift, you will achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.
As we move toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle in 2024, let’s remember that every small action contributes to a larger, positive impact on our planet. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a recent buyer, the opportunities to create positive change within your living space are endless.
At Orchard View, shape both your home and community with eco-friendly practices. By adopting sustainable resolutions, you enhance your living space and contribute to the neighborhood’s collective well-being. Join us in making 2024 a year of impactful, conscious living. Contact us to discover more about our sustainably built, eco-friendly community.