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5 Ways to Turn Your Home into An Eco-Friendly Space

07 October 2019

Saving the environment doesn’t have to be a big, grand gesture. There are plenty of small things we can do to help – and from the comfort of our own homes, no less. Keep in mind that adopting an eco-friendly approach won’t only shrink your carbon footprint, it can also help you save some much-needed bucks. Here are five easy ways to turn your home into an eco-friendly space.

1. Create an indoor garden

Invite nature into your home by filling it with houseplants and herb planters. In addition to adding a fresh, natural touch to your interior décor, houseplants help reduce indoor air pollution and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Some great options to consider include Aloe Vera, Spider plants, Snake plants, Bamboo Palm and Dracaena.

By growing your own herbs, fruit or veggies, you won’t need to purchase fresh produce that had to be transported from a farm to your nearest grocery store. You can also exercise control over the entire growing process by choosing eco-friendly pesticides and organic fertilisers.

Keep your indoor garden hydrated in an eco-friendly way by using any water leftover from washing your vegetables, or set a small bucket by your kitchen door to collect rainwater from thunderstorms. Click here for more top indoor gardening tips.

2. Compost your waste

Food waste plays a big part in the build-up of methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting your food and garden waste will therefore go a long way to help reduce the amount of waste in landfills, and ultimately the production of methane gas. Composting will also give you a free source of organic food for your plants! Here’s a handy graphic on what to compost.

3. Skip the plastic

Plastic is all around us, but skipping the main culprits isn’t all that difficult. For example, stop using plastic shopping bags and invest in some reusable bags instead. Depending on their size, keep them in your boot or handbag so you’re never caught at the store without them.

And rather than buying plastic disposable bottles, why not purchase a reusable water bottle for when you’re on the go and a beautiful glass jar for your kitchen counter. Because it takes around 450 years for one single plastic bottle to break down in nature, you’ll essentially be saving the environment with every sip!

4. Switch to LEDs

One of the most important things to do is invest in energy-saving lightbulbs like Eveready LEDs. Not only do they use less electricity, but they also last longer, so you won’t have to spend as much on replacements. What's more, they're free from environmentally toxic substances such as Mercury. Turning off all lights that aren’t needed is another simple, eco-friendly practice that goes a long way.

5. Use recycling bins

Because not all kinds of waste can always be avoided, our final tip is to set up separate recycling bins for different items such as glass, paper, plastic, and cans. Having a designated place to put waste is half the battle won. To make recycling as easy as possible for everyone in the home, try to position the bins as close to the kitchen as possible. Visit petco.co.za to find a recycling drop off-site near you.

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