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Top 10 Tips on Keeping A Greener Home
Arm yourself with green fingers and green practise. In the pursuit of global environmental sustainability, let’s start small. In a war against waste, become a warrior of regeneration by sustaining and permeating with permaculture.
Here’s how to get started…
Green fingers: Fruit & Vegetables
In the pursuit of global environmental sustainability, let’s start small. Section off part of your garden and dedicate it to growing your own fruit and vegetables. Do some research into which vegetables are the most regenerative and pick your favourites to plant!
Bee boxes & butterfly bushes
Encourage the dying species back into your gardens by creating Bee Boxes; window boxes planted with flowering herbs (lavender is a particularly good one!) Whilst we’re at it, let’s plant a buddleia. Commonly known as a butterfly bush, Buddleia blooms for the most of the year and produces flowers rich with nectar which is what draws those butterflies in.
Save FROM a rainy day
Collect your rain water in waterbutts situated at the bottom of a downpipe from your gutter. Use it to water your plants in the summer. You’ll also notice that the local birds will flock to the new watering hole; their own sustainable birdbath.
Bills, bills, bills…
Within the walls of your home there are lots of things to do that can cut down on spending out on those monthly bills. In turn, you’ll also be keeping your emissions and carbon footprint low. First things first, insulate — your walls, your attic, your ceilings. Invest in double glazing if you can. You’ll notice the change and it’ll stop you reaching for the thermostat.
Other things to consider to tighten your effect on the globe and your purse strings; carpooling, choose a low-flow or half-flush toilet, bulk-buying.
DON’T let there be light.
Switch your lights off when you’re not using them. Leave a room, switch the light off. Keep an eye out on your plug sockets too; if you’re not using them, switch them off.
It’s also worth looking into eco-light bulbs. They save energy; good for the planet, good for the bill payer.
Bring the outside, inside
Greenery will purify your air naturally. Also, if you pick one from your local market or garden center, it’s local produce and you’ll be supporting your community.
Make your house a home with a little life!
Tea bags, egg shells, vegetable leftovers, the compostable list is endless. ‘Top-dress’ your soil by applying a layer of compost on the top of your land. This helps your plants absorb nutrients and also improves the water-holding capacity of the soil. No need for fertiliser when you’ve got compost!
Share and sew
Seed libraries exist to improve the communication and sharing between food growers in their local communities. Whether you join an organisation, or set up your own seed-swapping in your neighbourhood, share and sew. Your garden will be plentiful and you’ll never be short of harvest. Sew your seeds then share the produce and next batch of seeds around.
Grow what you need, pass on what you don’t.
Get up and DIY
An effective way to stay sustainable at home is maintenance. DIY can save having repeat purchases down the line. Look after your home and it’ll look after you; inside and out. Grow your own vegetables. Look after your home. Make your own cleaning fluid. The DIY list is endless…
Recycle or upcycle?
Nowadays, very few things have a one-use life. Wooden items, cardboard, clothes, even down to things like bike parts or machinery are endlessly useful. The online world is ripe for upcycling tips and tricks and if you can’t find a use for something, whose to say someone else wont.
Shout out to your crafty friends before you throw something out and keep the waste ‘rubbish’ as minimal as possible!