Sustainability is an important word at the minute. Many of us are starting to think more about the environment because we are constantly being bombarded with information about how the way we live is destroying the planet.
We need to find a way to live which balances our need for resources against making sure we leave behind a planet that can also provide for the younger generations. Here we’ll take a look at four ways that you could make your home more sustainable so that you can do your bit for the environment too.
Composting is great for your garden and also great for the environment. Any compost you create at home is going to provide better nutrients for your plants than store-bought compost – and it also hasn’t been produced by machinery, so it actively reduces our need to burn fossil fuels.
Composting helps us reduce what we send to landfill and also provides shelter for some wildlife that might be struggling with habitat loss. We also need to think about the sustainability of our soil. There’s no getting away from the fact that we need to grow more food to feed our ever-increasing population. We need soil to do this and our over-use of this resource is causing it to become depleted in various minerals, which could harm future crop growth. If we all start composting we might just be able to fix this problem for future generations.
So many of us aren’t recycling properly – or worse still, our local authority is throwing away much of what we send to them. Do your research and find out exactly what is recyclable. Some investigation will help you find local centres willing to collect items that authorities would otherwise reject. If you make sure that you drop off items at the right place, you can rest in the knowledge that it will actually be recycled. There’s nothing worse than going to all that effort for nothing, after all.
A recent study found that 71.4% of shoppers took sustainability into account when shopping for groceries. Improving the sustainability of your home is very much about what you decide to bring into it. This means that you need to stop and think about every purchase that you make and consider if you could make a more sustainable choice. Could you, for instance, switch to using washable cloths instead of paper towels, or start using biodegradable bin bags? Maybe you could choose rechargeable batteries that you can use again, or buy metal drinking straws instead of wasteful plastic ones?
There are so many options out there if you really take the time to look that will help you improve the sustainability within your household. Sometimes, they might be the more inconvenient choice, but if you think about what is at stake you will see that the health of our planet is worth it.
Many of the cleaning products that we use at home are very bad for the environment. Some of the chemicals contained within them can often be toxic and these have a habit of finding their way into our water supplies as we wash them away. Plus, they often come in plastic packaging that can be difficult to recycle.
If you make your own cleaning products you can do away with the chemicals, which aren’t good for you anyway (and they do often get breathed in by everyone within your home). You can also purchase bottles that you can reuse over and over again, thus helping to reduce our over-reliance on plastics. There are plenty of recipes to be found for natural cleaners online and you will probably also find that they are kinder on your bank balance.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.