How to up your sustainability game at home

  • Impact
  • April 22, 2021

Committing to a more sustainable lifestyle and implementing eco-friendly practices in your home is a far simpler and cheaper exercise than you initially may have thought. Nowadays, there’s an abundance of eco-friendly brands who are able to integrate resource-saving, waste-reducing and planet preserving behaviours into your daily routine in a cost effective, convenient and stylish way!

…speaking of daily routines, have you heard of our great friends (and finalists of TOM’s ‘Pitch for Purpose’ program), ’The Daily Routine’? They’re a sustainable personal care brand that makes living an eco-friendly lifestyle affordable and convenient, offering consumers stylish reusable alternatives to the single-use plastic laden bathrooms we have become accustomed to.

Our sustainable friends at The Daily Routine, together with Seed and Sprout, wanted to share 7 tips to help you make more cost-effective, easy and sustainable choices in your abode!

Plastic? Fantastic

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to realise there’s a lot of plastic lying around our bathrooms. In fact, shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles are responsible for the circulation of over 100 billion single-use plastic bottles worldwide. Mind blowing, right? Here are a few simple tips for reducing your plastic footprint in the bathroom.

Switch up your shaving routine and swap out your plastic shaver for a reusable one that can be used over and over again. One that caught our eye is the 100% plastic-free Seed and Sprout Leaf Razor made from solid zinc and stainless steel.

For another easy eco-win, toss out your plastic toothbrush and switch to a compostable bamboo version.

Or hoping to eliminate plastic when it comes to handwash? The Daily Routine makes reusing handwash bottles incredibly simple, thanks to their water-soluble, plant-based hand wash pods. Much like the ones you might find for your washing machine, simply pop a pod in a plastic bottle, add warm water, give it a shake.. and voila!

Don’t Toss, Compost!

Composting is one of the most effective ways to minimise the amount of rubbish that gets sent to landfill. Rotting food left in landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

…and if you need any more convincing than this, composting also leaves you with a nutrient-rich fertiliser to use in your own garden! Did somebody say homegrown veggies?

Yep, Someone Did Say Homegrown Veggies!

No matter the size of your home, apartment, windowsill, ledge, patio, doorstep or balcony, you too can grow your own produce at home! It’s as simple as a plastic container, a handful of dirt, a splash of water and a burst of sun. Happy growing!

Be Smarter At The Bottle-O

There are so many alcohol producers doing so much to improve their environmental footprint. Conduct some quick research to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to shop the best sustainable producers. Shop local and reduce the ‘food miles’ on the products you buy, and when following Dan Andrews lead getting on the beers – embrace the tins! Aluminium cans are easier to recycle and cheaper to transport than glass bottles.

Upcycle = Upside

You’d be amazed at the amount of stuff lying around your house that can be repurposed! From turning old light bulbs into candles, bottles into funky lanterns or paper clips as cable management devices – the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

Don’t Can Your Jars

We all have a million old jam, pasta sauce or honey jars lying around our pantries – it’s about time we started making better use of them. Their airtight properties make them perfectly suited for storing, pickling or preserving just about anything! Time to get creative folks…

Keep Your Eyes & Ears Peeled

There’s enough documentaries and podcasts centred around sustainability to keep you occupied for years. They offer wonderful insights that you can implement into your everyday life, reducing your impact on the planet. Don’t forget to share them with your friends and family!

7 tips summary

Making more sustainable choices at home is much easier than many think. Small changes to your daily routines, can help contribute to a much bigger, planet-friendly picture.

There’s nothing more important than showing love to the planet we call home. Let’s care for it, just like it truly cares for us – and its other inhabitants.

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