Small Changes to Improve the Eco-Friendliness of Your Household

Improve the Eco Friendliness

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of awareness surrounding the various household practices that can contribute to environmental conservation.

The source of concern has been the upsurge in environmental pollution due to human traditions.

According to a recent landmark study conducted by the UN, human activity changes the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways.

Speaking on the survey, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe.”

How can parents, on a household level, make a difference and contribute positively towards this agenda?

Concerns about the environment and what kind of planet we are leaving for future generations affect just about everything we do.

It’s changed the way we live on a deeply fundamental basis.

We drive, eat, and make purchasing choices based on how these things affect the planet.

Below are small everyday life changes that, if put into practice, can make a big difference.

Practice Water Conservation at Home

Water efficiency is about conscious usage of the resource and avoiding unnecessary wastage. Various overlooked habits lead to water wastage at home, showering being a major one.

Often, one will leave the shower running when waiting for it to warm up or when applying soap. A trick that could help reduce water wastage is taking shorter showers and turning off the water during soap application.

Avoid leaving them on for too long when washing fruits and vegetables in the kitchen or even washing hands in the tap.

Opt for Eco-friendly Alternatives

Eco-friendly living boils down to the type of products people use and consume daily at home. It is good practice to go for products that can help reduce damage caused to the environment.

When going shopping, one can opt for bio-based toothbrushes and eco-friendly tissue rolls. If possible, avoid purchasing products and food items that come in plastic packaging.



Practice recycling, repurposing and up-cycling of the products used in the homestead. One can get a durable bag made from natural materials instead of a plastic carry bag.

For young parents keen on bringing up their families in an eco-friendly way, cloth diapers are the way to go. A report by the EPA revealed that 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped into the environment annually.

Point to note is that disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to decompose. Therefore, reusable cloth diapers are an environmentally friendlier option that is not only durable but also cost-effective.

Adopt Organic Cleaning

A significant percentage of the conventional cleaning products found in the market contain chemicals that present adverse health and environmental concerns.

Most of them contain chemicals associated with respiratory conditions, skin and eye irritation. Naturally produced cleaning products are a safe alternative and work just as effectively as conventional ones.

Green cleaning products are of non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients that do not impact the environment negatively.

While natural cleaning products are a bit more expensive and not all people can afford them, one can make their cleaning products using locally available items, for example, baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.

Go Green with an Eco-Friendly Mattress

Buying a new mattress is also something that you can do in a more eco-friendly way.

There are mattresses that have a lower carbon footprint than traditional mattresses.

Of course, the purpose of an environmentally friendly mattress is to have a product that is gentler on our planet.

Mattresses seem like simple products, but in fact, can have a significant impact on the environment.

There are billions of mattresses in the world, and the conventional ones that we have used for decades are manufactured using synthetic chemicals and materials.

These substances are often non-renewable, meaning that the mattresses have to go to a landfill when they are past their useful life.

With environmentally friendly mattresses, they are made using natural and renewable materials.

Soybeans are a common material, as is recycled steel.

In fact, there are some mattresses that are entirely biodegradable, which means they do not take up space in landfills and they do not release potentially harmful toxins as they decompose.

At the end of the day, you want to lay your body down (as well as your loved ones) on a mattress that offers you comfort and peace of mind.

An eco-friendly mattress provides both of those things.


Practicing these tips and tricks every day will help homes save hundreds of dollars in the long run while turning homesteads into eco-friendly places.

At the end of day, we should all do our part to save the Earth.

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