5 Ways To Be Sustainable This Spring
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Canadians are coming out of hibernation. That’s right, spring is finally here! As we ease our way into the warmer season after a long, dismal winter, start the season off right by caring for the planet. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled some some eco-friendly tips you can implement today! Here are 5 ways to be more sustainable this spring.
Turn Your Lights Off
As the daylight hours grow longer, we can turn off our lights and bask in the sunshine. Make a point of opening your interior blinds each morning, and watch your home be filled with natural light. If you don’t have large windows a simple trick is to use large mirrors to amplify the light in your rooms and give the illusion of a larger space. Sunlight is also great for our health as it provides us with Vitamin D, which provides countless benefits including a happier mood, and boosted immune function, to name a few!
Clean with Green
Spring is finally here and it’s time to clean! But before you start your spring cleaning and bust out the heavy duty cleaning products, consider cleaning with green. Many traditional cleaning supplies contain toxic chemicals that are harmful when consumed by humans, animals, and plants in the environment. The chemicals you use to clean your toilets, sinks, and other household objects will eventually end up down the drain and into our ecosystem and waterways. Instead, opt for green cleaning products that are widely available in stores, or, make your own! Here is a list of 8 easy cleaning products you can make yourself. Not only will making your own green products save you money in the long run, but you can also reduce the amount of packaging waste you produce too.
Marie Kondo Your Life
Unless you’ve completely removed yourself from all social channels and the internet itself, you’ve probably heard of the professional organizer that has taken the world by storm. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant that has helped thousands of people around the world declutter their life through her best-selling book and Netflix series. To keep with the spring cleaning theme, and before you start throwing everything out, start thinking about all the things you can donate, reuse, or recycle to reduce the amount of waste you produce! To help you get started on your organizing journey, here are some of Marie Kondo’s top tips and tricks to declutter your life.
Hang Your Clothes out to Dry
Drying your freshly washed laundry is not strictly a summer activity. Now that spring is here, there is really no reason why you can’t start drying your clothes outdoors, or with an indoor drying rack on rainy days. In fact, you can hang dry your clothes in the winter time with a indoor drying rack too! So unless you’re in a rush, hang drying your clothes can be done all year round. This is especially important because dryers are usually the third most energy intensive appliance of an average household. So save some money, reduce your carbon footprint, maintain the quality of your clothing in the long run and ditch the dryer!
Use Reusable Everything
The movement to ban single-use plastics such as straws and plastic bags has reached a phenomenal high. With the help of the internet and some dedicated environmental organizations and individuals, the movement has achieved a global scale. But did you know that in addition to straws and grocery bags there are many more items that also have eco-friendly alternatives? From sandwich bags, to lint rollers, gift wrap, and even laundry detergent, these environmentally friendly alternatives can help you reduce the total amount of waste you produce even further. Check out this awesome list of eco-friendly alternatives for your everyday items!
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