Converting to a sustainable lifestyle isn’t something that you do overnight. Like many big lifestyle changes, it’s much easier to achieve your goals in small increments. Your first step towards a sustainable lifestyle may have been ditching fast fashion for slow fashion, which deserves to be celebrated! But what else can you do to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Below we’ll be discussing sustainable living at home, and the daily habits you can implement to live a more mindful lifestyle. From beauty products to delicious meals, there’s a whole world of sustainability waiting for you!
Sustainable Living In The Kitchen
The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. We like to think that starting your sustainable living plan in the kitchen will help circulate mindful practices throughout the rest of your home.
Let’s start with your sink. You can ditch your plastic sponges for a biodegradable bamboo brush, and choose eco-friendly dish soap formulas. On a related note, most cleaning products are now available in eco-friendly formulas, from multi-purpose cleaning sprays to washing machine and dishwasher tablets. Lots of eco-friendly cleaning companies are popping up with reusable bottles and refill capsules, like Everdrop or ZHAM. Reduce waste by using reusable microfiber cloths or old fabric scraps instead of paper towels and napkins.
Looking at the food you consume is another great way to live more sustainably. Meal planning will save you time during the week while reducing food waste, as you’ll learn to buy only what you need at the grocery store. You can also start composting your food scraps to truly eliminate excess food waste. Also consider having more vegan or vegetarian meals. You don’t have to make a full switch, but even one day of plant-based meals a week saves around 30 square feet of forest!
Sustainable Living In The Bathroom
We care about the materials that we wear on our bodies, so we should extend the same level of attention to the products we apply on our skin. The sustainable beauty industry has been booming alongside the sustainable fashion movement, and there are plenty of easy swaps you can make in your bathroom.
Swap your cleansers and creams for eco-friendly options made with natural ingredients and sustainable packaging made out of glass or aluminum. The bathroom is also a great place to try a zero-waste approach to beauty, with the expanding market for shampoo and conditioner bars and handmade soaps. Not only do these products come without wasteful plastic bottles, they also last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts. Bars are highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use small amounts. Liquids and gels are quite literally watered down - the first ingredient of a liquid shampoo will likely be aqua, or water!
You can also make any scrubbing or wiping tools more sustainable by swapping to reusable options and natural materials. For example, loofahs are a natural alternative to plastic sponges, and disposable cotton pads can be swapped for reusable makeup pads made of bamboo or organic cotton.
Sustainable Living In The Living Room & Bedroom
Turn your living room and bedroom into sustainable sanctuaries by applying the same principles that you use when seeking out sustainable clothing. Look for bedding and home textiles made out of natural and eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, linen, hemp, tencel and organic cotton. Just like sustainable clothing, these textiles are kinder on the planet and will be gentler against your skin.
You can also look for eco-friendly home accents such as soy, coconut or beeswax candles instead of paraffin candles, and decor pieces made of glass, metal, or wood rather than plastic. It’s quite easy to be sustainable in these areas, as we tend to hold onto our furniture and large pieces of decor for years to come.
Small Swaps Make A Big Difference
Don’t worry if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of this information! As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, these are all suggestions for gradual swaps. You do not have to give your home a complete sustainable living overhaul all at once.
Start with one swap and work your way up. Not sure where to start? Try what sounds most exciting to you. Maybe you need a new set of bedding for your bedroom, or a lovely handmade soap for your bathroom. Once you make the first swap, the rest will come naturally.
We hope that these sustainable living tips have inspired you to expand your eco-friendly journey. Which swaps will you be making?