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In today’s article, I introduce you some ideas of a minimalist for more eco-friendly homes. You’ll see you can become much greener by just not bringing home too many items that will anyway end up in the landfill.
Keeping our environment in the best possible condition became closer to me, you could see it in the article:
Eco-friendly homes produce as little waste as possible.
The first text with a list of ways how to reduce garbage, concerned the eco-friendliness in the area of body care:
Fortunately, minimalism and ecology go hand in hand.
Create yourself a minimalistic ecological home by simply reducing the amount of garbage.
Which purchases can we reduce to save money, health, and the environment?
1 | Packaged food
Six slices of meats and … thick plastic. Some cheese and plastic. Yogurt in a plastic cup or drinking yogurt in a bottle of a really thick and hard plastic. Bottled water… Recently I saw the neighbors, living next to my plot, unpacking Saturday shopping. They have bought a pack of water (bottles + plastic film holding few bottles in one package). The family lives in the country, having their water from their own wells. Water purchased in bottles is not only more garbage, more costs, but also the uncertainty of whether drinking water from plastic is not harmful to health.
2 | Take the thermos of your cupboard
Use it instead of every plastic bottle you planned to buy for any going out.
3 | Laundry powders and liquids
You can do your laundry using any substance intended for washing. My intuition tells me, ordinary soap or liquid soap are less harmful to our skin than laundry powder. Remember that this substance, remaining your clothes, is applied directly to your skin. Every day. Day and night.
I recently wash our clothes in an eco-soap by Grandmother Agafia brand. I give ecology here in quotation marks because what kind of ecology it is: supposedly organic soap – in a plastic jar and with the expiration date like 2019? The clothes look good and I think every soap will be ok.
Oh, and I do not believe that it is so eco-friendly to transport washing nuts through the half of the world.
4 | Home cleaning chemicals
Recently, because having no popular cleaning milk to clean bathrooms, I grabbed the liquid soap and I washed the sink with it. The effect was like the advertised popular milk.
Replace a dozen specialized cleaners with one. For example, dishwashing liquid. It cleans bathroom, floors, windows, and dishes. Less plastic, more space in your home, fewer toxins, more money in your account. Simplicity.
Eco-friendly homes are free of unnecessary toxins and chemicals.
5 | Garbage bags
Use less. Some 30 years ago they weren’t in use. People used buckets, went with them to a garbage, every few times washed the buckets with water or water with dishwashing liquid. Does really suddenly something changed, that we need these bags of thick plastic? Some households (not caring about the reduction of another packaging) throw out the garbage every day. 365 bags of thick plastic a year times 60 apartments in the small high-rise block is… 22,000 bags per year. And count on.
6 | Paper articles
Do not overuse. Do not overwrite over and over your notes and do to lists. Limit the use of adhesive tapes. If you are not third-grade elementary school gadgets fan, you really need a few pens and a notebook or loose sheets. You do not need any highlighters. We do not love plastic.
7 | Printer
What and why to print? If not for the company, I would be happy to become a non-owner of a printer. Today it is used once a month where we must collect documentation. Every printer is big, takes place, requires a lot of cables, reams of paper, occasionally plastic toner packed in yuck! thick plastic. What is more, it produces harmful waves, harmful fumes, and noise – so unwelcome in eco-friendly homes! If I had only private printing needs, it would suffice me to visit my family or a photocopier point – a few times a year.
8 | Potted flowers
They take your time during the day and at night they take oxygen you need. If you have a garden, it can be even worse. Recently I saw several neighbors’ (plastic) packages of a bark… because they have a garden. They must take care of it. The standard way of buying ant plants, even trees, is buying it in plastic pots. Yuck! If you want to have clean air, move to a greener area and open the window! Or go out for a walk in the green. It is 100% free. Buying plants and pots is not.
9 | Cut flowers
Just nonsense. Dead and transient. They will give you joy for only a few days. Their water stinks, you have to keep the vase in the cupboard and wash it. Are three days of nice kitchen or living room appearance worth that time, struggle and an own shelf?
10 | Candles
I am against them because the majority available on the market is… poisonous. Yes, all those beautiful scents do not fly to us from flowering trees, but from chemicals, that heats, burns and penetrates our lungs. Unless you pay more and you are buying natural candles.
Then I’m sending you to a practice of No Impact Man – he recommends to arrange a one day a week without exploiting the planet. That includes using no electricity. Healthy dinner at candlelight – great!
11 | Other decors in eco-friendly homes
Frames, figurines, paintings. When buying it, you give the green light to production, which poisons our environment. And the objects after some time go to landfills. If they are not from natural materials – they remain garbage degrade for soooo long. Anyway, do you need it? Do you like to arrange and wipe away the dust? I prefer to deal with life, not with things.
12 | Bedding
Like with towels – do not replace it until it falls apart. I assume you do not sleep in any polyester. Cotton rules, as in the case of clothing.
13 | Clothes
Just buy less. Choose your ideal, best, favorite clothes, and get rid of the rest. As a result, you will look like the best version of yourself every day.
Buy new clothes only to replace worn out ones. Same as with towels and linens.
14 | Body care
Read the whole separate article about hygiene and cosmetics:
15 | Toys
My Son is almost two years old and I have bought only five toys for him (not including books). And despite having only a small group of family and friends, I have so many toys at home that I hide, and even throw them out.
From my observation, I can tell you that every toy is attractive to the child. And every toy is fun for a while… on the first day. So I really do not buy this plastic or varnished wood. Neither books still stinking of a factory.
Buy less. Less crap will go into the atmosphere in the production, packaging and less boring toys will go to the landfill, fewer kids and adults will be working on the production in inhumane and unhealthy conditions.
And if you already have too many toys, check my rules for decluttering toys.
16 | Toys for adults
They are all plastic, plastic, cables, and packaging. If you feel unsatisfied with your sex, change your partner.
17 | Gifts
I already do not like to get gifts. Items are generally unsuccessful (because what more do I need?), chocolates are unhealthy, cosmetics do not make sense – I have already written about them and about cut flowers, that are next default gift idea.
These are just examples of things categories. The list is open. As you can see, you have a really wide field to improve your model of consumption for more economical, eco-friendly and healthier.
Think of borrowing some items instead of buying new. A hand drill, sports’ or travel gear, designer bag for a wedding, even baby and kids’ stuff – maybe there are things that you need to use just once at all or twice a year, or only for six months?
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