Reducing Your Carbon Footprint as Self-Care: Home Edition

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If you’re someone who cares deeply about the environment, switching up your home to be more environmentally friendly can be an act of self-care. This is especially true if you’re someone who has anxiety surrounding climate change. All you can control is yourself, so here are a few tips for creating a more environmentally-friendly home life while also practicing self-care at the same time.

Reduce Your Plastic Use

Reducing your plastic can be done in many ways because plastic is used for so many different things. Therefore, there is ample opportunity to avoid plastics. One way you can do so within your house is by using wooden bins or furniture frames rather than plastic options. After all, wooden pallets can hold more weight than plastic. While plastic pallets can accommodate loads up to 1,500 lbs, wooden pallets can handle heavier items up to 3,000 lbs. Though you’re probably not storing anything that heavy, it’s still worth mentioning that not only is it better for the environment to use wood over plastic, but it is also stronger. In the long run, this has obvious benefits.

You can also work to limit your plastic usage by shopping at zero waste stores. These stores use paper or glass and they offer more environmentally-friendly ways to store goods in your home. This can help you reduce the need for buying goods packaged in plastics.

You should also consider bringing your own bags to your average grocery store for your fresh vegetables rather than using the plastic bags to store them in your cart. Reducing your plastic waste this way is good not only for the environment, but it can also function as an act of self-care: there’s no doubt you will feel better when your carbon footprint is lower.

Compost

Reducing your plastic waste is great, but you can also reduce your food waste entirely by composting! You’ll need to make sure you do your research about how to properly manage your compost so that you don’t attract unwelcome critters to your property. However, composting your food scraps, left-overs, or food that has gone bad is a great way to reduce your waste. Instead of throwing these organic materials out, give it back to the environment through composting.

Because more than 21 million households in the United States use septic systems and not a public sewer, composting is a great alternative to using a garbage disposal. After all, garbage disposals are not recommended for private septic systems. You’re better off giving back to the planet and keeping your home healthier at the same time.

Eco-Friendly Renovations

While renovating your home with eco-friendly appliances is beneficial for the environment and your well-being, it may also come in handy when it comes time to sell. Sustainable living is becoming more and more popular and could be what sets your home apart when you eventually sell. For example, 50% of homes listed in the DC Metro market did not sell the first time they were listed. However, a potential home-buyer is much more likely to buy if the home is already equipped with environmentally-friendly renovations. This is especially true in areas like cities where there is already heightened pollution. Things like installing solar panels, energy-efficient windows and doors, and energy-saving appliances in the kitchen could all be what helps you to sell your house as quickly as possible.

While there are lots of other ways you can alter your home lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly, these suggestions can help you get started. Every little thing counts when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, so do what you can and enjoy the process. As more and more people create environmentally friendly home lifestyles and corporations catch on to this trend, the better our environment will do.

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