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Living GREEN

Living GREEN

 

The theme of sustainability is increasingly topical: we are all aware of how necessary it is to reduce our environmental impact, both inside and outside the home. How can we make our home truly eco-sustainable?

Here are 6 green ideas for the home that will help you make your positive contribution to the planet:

  1. Save energy: Energy saving is one of the easiest ways to live more sustainably. Turning off lights and appliances when they’re not in use is a great start.  It is very important to prefer natural light, for artificial light instead it is better to choose LED bulbs that last up to 50,000 hours and ensure energy savings of over 80% compared to other bulbs.

If you are buying or renovating your home, it is the right time to carry out energy efficiency measures that allow you to consume less energy (and, at the same time, to lighten your bills).

Recommended to improve insulation a thermal coat, a photovoltaic system to produce electricity and point the choice towards underfloor heating with radiant panels, very effective and inexpensive, also useful in summer instead of the air conditioner.

  1. Reduce, recycle and reuse: Waste reduction is another important way to live more eco-friendly. Try to reduce the use of disposable materials, such as plates and cutlery and carefully separate waste, as separate collection is the basis of an efficient management cycle that allows the recycling of different materials.  Also, reuse old items and furniture instead of buying new ones. This not only helps reduce waste, but also saves money.

Finally, among the green ideas for the home, biodegradable and possibly plastic free personal care products cannot be missing. From solid shampoo to hand soap, passing through body creams contained in tin cans and washable make-up remover pads.

  1. Buy eco-friendly products: Responsible purchasing is another way to be more sustainable. Look for products that are biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and made from natural materials. Prefer recyclable packaging, avoiding plastic, and inform yourself about their origin and possible availability of certifications and environmental labels. This not only helps reduce environmental impact but also maintains health and well-being.

We do not always pay attention to it, but even the finishes of our home can be more or less eco-sustainable. Choose non-toxic materials, which emit small amounts of chemicals that could prove dangerous to your health.

For example, if you are thinking of white washing your home, do it with water-based paints: the smell is not annoying and the environment will be healthier and more comfortable.

  1. Use natural cleaning products: Avoid using cleaning chemicals and choose those made from natural ingredients such as baking soda or vinegar. These products are safer for the environment and health than chemicals. In addition, they are often cheaper and easier to find.

Recommended to improve insulation a thermal coat, a photovoltaic system to produce electricity and point the choice towards underfloor heating with radiant panels, very effective and inexpensive, also useful in summer instead of the air conditioner.

  1. Reduce, recycle and reuse: Waste reduction is another important way to live more eco-friendly. Try to reduce the use of disposable materials, such as plates and cutlery and carefully separate waste, as separate collection is the basis of an efficient management cycle that allows the recycling of different materials.  Also, reuse old items and furniture instead of buying new ones. This not only helps reduce waste, but also saves money.

Finally, among the green ideas for the home, biodegradable and possibly plastic free personal care products cannot be missing. From solid shampoo to hand soap, passing through body creams contained in tin cans and washable make-up remover pads.

  1. Buy eco-friendly products: Responsible purchasing is another way to be more sustainable. Look for products that are biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and made from natural materials. Prefer recyclable packaging, avoiding plastic, and inform yourself about their origin and possible availability of certifications and environmental labels. This not only helps reduce environmental impact but also maintains health and well-being.

We do not always pay attention to it, but even the finishes of our home can be more or less eco-sustainable. Choose non-toxic materials, which emit small amounts of chemicals that could prove dangerous to your health.

For example, if you are thinking of whitewashing your home, do it with water-based paints: the smell is not annoying and the environment will be healthier and more comfortable.

  1. Use natural cleaning products: Avoid using cleaning chemicals and choose those made from natural ingredients such as baking soda or vinegar. These products are safer for the environment and health than chemicals. In addition, they are often cheaper and easier to find.
  2. Save water: Saving water is another important way to live more eco-friendly. Always remember to use water only when needed, avoiding while brushing your teeth or soaping up in the shower.  Also very useful is the installation of sanitary ware with dual flush system – which uses different quantities of water depending on the need – and mounts breakers on all taps. In this way, even when you run the water, you greatly reduce the flow rate and therefore consumption.

By changing our habits and reducing waste, we can make a difference. In addition, you can install flow reducers to the taps or evaluate the preparation of a system for collecting rainwater, so as not to use drinking water for uses such as garden irrigation.

  1. Plant plants! : plants are natural air purifiers and can improve the air quality inside your home. And it’s not just about eco-friendly furniture! Among the many indoor plants that you find on the market, you can in fact select those that have a positive impact on the environment and your health: for example, the sanseveria, with its long tapered leaves, and the orchid, with its enchanting flowers, are both perfect in the living room and – above all – in the bedroom. In fact, they are able to absorb pollutants and produce oxygen throughout the night.

Article written by Martina Bonaddio

 

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