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Sustainable living is becoming more important for everyone. From eating more consciously, through to choosing eco-friendly garden furniture and home products, there is so much you can do, and simple switches can have a huge impact on the environment.
Whilst we all know that recycling is essential, many of us could be doing more to shop and eat more sustainably. One great way to do this is to eat seasonal food. For example, cooking with more root vegetables in the autumn and winter and more salads and fruits in the summer. This will allow you to source local produce, meaning that the food on your table won’t have been shipped thousands of miles to get there.
Eco-friendly cookware is another easy change to make. One simple swap is to opt for ceramic-based pans, rather than Teflon-coated products. Teflon breaks down much quicker at high temperatures, so needs replacing far more often, with old pans contributing to landfill.
The Utility Room
Switching to energy efficient settings on your appliances or replacing them with more sustainable options is another great way to reduce your carbon footprint. For example, solar powered and energy saving boilers and washing machines are becoming more popular. Pair this with air drying your clothing, and you will drastically reduce your household’s energy consumption.
Small changes to your morning routine can go a long way in reducing your household’s impact on the environment. For example, opting to use bamboo toothbrushes and environmentally friendly skincare and bath products. Regular shower products tend to contain toxins which can harm sea life and plants if they enter the water but switching to an ocean-friendly brand will prevent this.
There are several simple steps that can be taken to improve the sustainability of your garden. Using eco-friendly garden furniture is a great start. Aluminium is far more environmentally friendly than plastic or wood as it is robust and non-wearing, so rarely needs replacing. Aluminium is also infinitely recyclable, with 75 percent of the aluminium ever created still in use today. The aluminium used to make Oxley’s Furniture may once have been an alloy wheel, aeroplane part or a drinks can, all aluminium used is recycled and can be recycled again, if anyone so wishes.
Elsewhere in the garden, installing regulated taps that control the flow of water is a great way to keep the water usage in your outdoor space as low as possible. Similarly, swapping to hosepipes with trigger buttons will reduce unnecessary water usage during the upkeep of your plants and lawn.
The Home Office
With millions of us now working remotely, our home offices are more important than ever before. If you are choosing new furniture for your set-up, consider opting for pieces that use environmentally friendly materials. From office chairs made out of old fishing wire, through to desks built using reclaimed wood, there are plenty of companies creating innovative, stylish and sustainable furniture perfect for home offices.
There are so many simple, yet effective ways to improve sustainability in a home without having to change your entire lifestyle. For more advice on making your home more sustainable, check out our list of best eco-friendly garden furniture companies.