8 Tips to make your home more eco-friendly

Make your home more environmentally friendly by following these simple tips to recycle and reuse, spending much less money. Recycling in your home does not cost money and helps you save in the long term. Having a respectful attitude towards natural resources is contagious and you will soon see how family, neighbors and friends follow you in your new green venture.

Garden in small spaces

Create a mini-garden in a small place in your house to grow aromatic herbs and fresh ingredients for salads. Currently it is impossible for most people to take care of a large-scale garden, so we recommend that you start with something small and easy to maintain as a family.

Build a vertical garden with recycled bottles, or create a corner with pots of different sizes in a sunny space. Look at these simple ideas.

Some easy crops to make at home are:

  • Basil, rosemary and parsley
  • Garlic and onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce

Tip:: Start with those crops you can start from food scraps. Tomatoes and lettuce for a delicious salad are an easy option for beginners.

waste sorter

Recycling becomes easier when you have a designated space to sort waste.

Choose a corner of your house that is not visible, it could be under a counter or on the patio. Organize your own waste sorter there, where you can separate plastic bottles, paper and cardboard, and organic waste into three different containers.

More and more cities are joining the recycling movement, placing containers of different colors in each neighborhood. If in your neighborhood there are no containers separated by type of garbage, find out in your city where they can receive what you classified.

Spread the philosophy of the three Rs (reduce, recycle and reuse) asking your family and friends to also separate their waste.

Tip:: To store more bottles together, loosen the cap until it is almost loose and compress the bottle from above, removing the air. Tighten the cap and store the bottle in the container.

Seal doors and windows of your house

Invest in insulation for your doors and windows, to better acclimatize your house in summer and winter.

As a first step to improve the insulation in the openings you can use silicone to seal loose glass and add weather stripping under exterior doors. You can also fill old nylon stockings with sand and place it behind the door in winter to prevent it from creating a draft and absorb rainwater that may be entering there.

If you have a larger budget, you can invest in double windows or blinds to better retain heat in winter, and keep it out of your home in summer.

Save money by recycling furniture

Recycling furniture is not only positive for the environment, it is also a relief for your pocket.

Before getting rid of a piece of furniture, try to imagine what other use it could have in your home. There are thousands of ideas on the internet to reuse furniture, here we leave you a list of 10 ideas to recycle furniture that you already have in your home.

Tip:: If you can't recycle old furniture, Get in touch with people or organizations that may need it or try to sell it at an auction.

Clean with cloth rags instead of paper

It is very easy to use absorbent paper, throw it away and then buy a new package... but this is not friendly to the planet, or your pocketbook.

Invest in rags, flannels, and cloth racks that you can use and wash over and over again. Always remember to identify those that will be used in the bathroom, kitchen and in the rest of the house so as not to transport dirt and germs between rooms.

Tip:: Do you like using the sewing machine? Purchase flannel fabric and colored felts, cut out squares and embellish the edges with a stitch in a contrasting thread color.

Wash clothes the eco-friendly way

Wash clothes more efficiently by setting laundry chore days and following a few simple “rules”:

  • Separate the clothes depending on the color and type of fabric to prevent them from lasting longer
  • Use the appropriate measures of soap and fabric softener (you save money, help the environment and prevent blockages in the machine)
  • Only turn on the washing machine when it is between 75 and 80% full. (if you fill it to the top, you may damage it)
  • Use cold water in all your washes to reduce your electricity consumption
  • Check the washing machine frequently to avoid having a bad smell, and needing to wash the clothes more than once

Washing by hand may seem more eco-friendly, but in reality it may not be, since the washing machine performs a more efficient rinse thanks to the force of the rotating drum. If you are going to wash by hand, start with the lightest clothes and leave the darkest ones last, thus reusing the water.

Buy less, buy better

An action as everyday as shopping in a supermarket can have consequences for the family economy and the environment.

Before buying something, think about whether it is totally necessary or it will end up broken and thrown in the trash in a few days. This prevents unnecessary expenses and goes a long way toward helping reduce waste.

The products we purchase come wrapped in plastic packages. To stick to the premise of buying less, try consume wholesale products to bring fewer packages to your home.

  • Buy 5 liter water containers and fill jugs or bottles (better yet, use a filter and drink from the faucet)
  • Choose juices and sauces in family-size Tetrapak packages (better: make smoothies at home and prepare sauces with seasonal vegetables)
  • Organize your wholesale purchases month by month so that it is a single wrapper instead of several. These products will last you a long time and are also cheaper.
  • Reuse the packaging nylon ones for making crafts, plastic ones as a bowl or tupperware and glass ones as balls for sauces and jams.
  • Use cloth bags for shopping and avoid nylon ones as much as possible

Recycle water in your home

Reducing your bill and helping to conserve natural resources can happen at the same time! By making small changes in your daily activities you have the opportunity to recycle water:

  • Place a clean bucket in the shower and collect water while you acclimatize the temperature. Use that water to water the plants
  • Create a system to collect rainwater. It can be as simple as a plastic tank with a fine mesh to prevent insects from entering.
  • Save pasta water and rinsing vegetables and fruits to water the garden
  • Wash your car in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way

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