Did you know that there are many ways that you can create a more eco-friendly home that will help make the world a better place?
To reducing your carbon footprint, creating less waste, and focusing on sustainability, living a greener lifestyle is something everyone should aspire to become better at.
And really, living more environmentally-friendly is easier than you might think.
You just need to start implementing more mindful decisions about your actions inside of your home, the products you allow into your home, and how you dispose of those products afterward.
Whether you decide to implement all of these eco-friendly lifestyle tips or even just a few is up to you.
Even just devoting yourself to being consistent with a couple of these green habits will make a difference and create a positive change for our planet.
But really, the more lifestyle changes you make, the better!
30 tips for creating an eco-friendly home
1. Become more self-sufficient by growing your own food through gardening and homesteading. Even just having a little herb garden is great!
2. Invest in sustainable products like glass, stainless steel, or bamboo for your home. These products are more durable and better for your health since they’re BPA-free.
3. Use reusable grocery bags instead of taking plastic bags from the store. If you must use these bags, wash them, and keep reusing them at home!
4. Use reusable coffee mugs instead of using disposable coffee cups. They’re not recyclable.
5. Don’t buy disposables or single-use items like plastic cutlery, throwaway cups, plates, straws, etc. Use reusables! See my post for a list of single-use plastics you should avoid and their zero-waste alternatives.
6. Use reusable straws made from glass, stainless steel, or bamboo. (And bring them with you when you’re travelling!)
7. Substitute plastic wrap for organic, biodegradable and reusable beeswax food wrap, use food huggers, or just use containers! Opt for versatile glass containers that are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
8. Stop buying plastic in general to reduce plastic pollution. Here are some easy ways to use less plastic at home.
9. Go vegan or even just lower your meat consumption to reduce your carbon footprint. Even just refraining from eating meat one day a week can help.
10. Don’t waste food that you buy, make or grow yourself. This is so important when going green! See my post for 30 practical tips to reduce food waste.
11. Compost veggie/fruit peelings and scraps, old flowers and plants, egg boxes, paper, and leaves so that goodness can be returned to your garden!
12. Buy local as much as you can to support your local farmers and businesses. Shopping locally will help reduce your carbon footprint and oftentimes places like farmers’ markets have little to no packaging.
13. Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste. Things like toilet paper, pet food, soap, etc.
14. Conserve energy by turning off or unplugging electronics when not in use. Turn off electronics like your television and computer monitor, and unplug kitchen appliances that are only used every now and then.
15. Replace paper towels with an eco-friendly substitute like Nanotowels. Although paper towels can be composted, they can’t if you’re cleaning with them! Even just using regular dish towels to clean up messes is a lot more sustainable than paper towels.
16. Insulate your home to keep warm in and reduce energy use. Wasted energy also means wasted money, and nobody likes that!
17. Use energy-efficient light bulbs that work the same but use less energy.
18. Use renewable energy such as solar panels to create your own energy and electricity. Think big like solar panels on your roof to power your home, or even small solar lights for your balcony or walkway.
19. Make your own cleaning products instead of buying toxic cleaners from the store. You can use natural ingredients and add scents with citrus, herbs, or essentials oils. Here’s a big list of homemade products you can make with essential oils.
20. Conserve water by not letting the faucet run, taking quick showers, saving warm-up water, etc. Read more easy water conservation tips to get started.
21. Drink tap water that’s filtered instead of buying plastic water bottles. This is one of the easiest and best ways to be more eco-friendly because disposable water bottles account for a lot of litter in the world. Learn more.
23. Recycle anything you cannot reuse such as plastic, aluminum, and paper products. A goal you want to keep in mind when going green is to keep things out of landfills, and recycling is a great way to do that.
24. Fix and upcycle items that are broken instead of buying brands new such as clothing, furniture, and electronics.
25. Donate items you no longer need instead of throwing them away. As long as it is still in decent shape, you may be able to pass it along to extend its lifecycle.
26. Shop secondhand when you can for things like decor, clothing, furniture, picture frames, TVs, etc. Here are some places you can get local secondhand items for cheap or free.
27. Buy high-quality clothing so that your clothes will last longer, and take care of your clothing!
28. Plant trees and support brands and communities who do. Check out these brands that plant trees when you make a purchase.
29. Buy less stuff in general by embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. Less stuff means less manufacturing and less garbage.
30. Go paperless by using electronic versions of books, receipts, etc.
Final Thoughts on These Green Tips
All of these ideas will not only help create positive change for your home and our planet, but it’s also a great way to save money over time.
A lot of eco-friendly living substitutes are made to last longer, so you end up buying less in the long run.
You’re being more sustainable by reusing in as many ways you can instead of buying brand new and saving money. It’s a win-win!