In a previous article , we discussed how we can be greener through water and energy conservation in our own homes. In this article, check out more tips on going green and having an eco friendly home. Remember, change begins at home. All these little steps add up to make a difference.
1) Recycle Paper. Our paper consumption can be a huge source of waste. Learn to reuse paper that has only been used on one side. Set aside a pile of these for printing documents, or staple/ clip together pads for shopping and to-do lists. Mommies will always have a use for these small scraps. Then you can even take the next step by recycling your used scratch paper. Another great idea is to let the kids use the paper for crafts such as papier mache.
2) Regular Towels (and not Paper Towels). Have regular towels in your guest bathroom instead of paper towels. Also, use cloth napkins at the dinner table instead of paper napkins.
3) Use loose tea instead of one-use tea bags.
4) Use metal and ceramic baking pans instead of disposable aluminum pans.
5) Gifting to charity is an excellent way of recycling. The recent Ondoy and Pepeng calamities gave people an opportunity to donate old clothes and other household items to those who need them more.
6) Clothes or linens that are too ratty to be given to charity can be turned into cleaning rags.
7) Segregate garbage. It is unfortunate that our country isn’t as conscious as other countries about garbage segregation and recycling. Make the extra effort of segregating recyclables and delivering these to junk shops or recycling centers.
8) Compost kitchen waste. Learn to compost household and kitchen waste. Finely chop up vegetable peels and crush eggshells. These can be used to create a compost pile to make your own rich soils for your garden.
9) Switch to energy-saving light bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the best since these not only save energy but are also significantly carbon-efficient. Studies show that low energy light bulbs use less than 20% of the energy of a conventional light bulb, and can last up to 15 times longer.
10) Reduce water in your toilet tank, the largest water user inside your home. If you haven’t switched to a dual flush toilet, you may place a filled liter bottle in your tank. This can save up to 300 gallons per month!
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11) Use lead-free paint. For those of you remodeling or building your own homes, make sure to use lead-free paint. Lead-based paint is particularly damaging to children under age six, causing nervous system damage, stunted growth, and delayed development as well as organ damage.
Going green doesn’t have to be hard to do. Just make it part of your everyday household habits. Any kind of big change starts with little changes. Begin the change to make an eco friendly home in all the little things that you do on a daily basis.
Check out these other articles on going green: Going Green: Baby Steps Parents can Take to Have an Eco-Friendly Home (Part 1 of 4)Going Green: Eco Friendly Shopping (part 3 of 4)Going Green: Sustainable Living On-The-Go (part 4 of 4)