In the previous article, we talked about some things to do for sustainable development that require negligible effort. Today, we will take this discussion further and will talk about a few ways in which you can transform your home into an eco-friendly zone that will support the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Most of these sustainable development goals can be achieved if you try to preserve the natural resources in your daily activities. So here are a few ways in which your home can become a catalyst for sustainable development.
1.Freeze Your Food
Be it freshly prepared meals or restaurant food, save any leftovers by freezing them for future use. Any food you waste could have fed a hungry person somewhere in the world, so consider it your responsibility to minimize food wastage.
2.Recycle and Reuse
Recycle any paper or plastic waste to prevent the landfills from growing any further. You can use your food waste to create compost that will help replenish the soil with essential nutrients without the use of any harmful chemicals. You can also find many amazing upcycling ideas on the internet to create useful stuff from waste.
3.Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Use thick rugs and carpets if you live in a cold area because this will keep the house warmer without the use of an electric heater. Also, if you use air-conditioning then plug any cracks in your doors or windows to optimize the performance of the appliances and prevent the wastage of energy. You can even replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models to reduce your energy consumption.
4.Wash And Clean More Efficiently
Instead of opting for bathtubs that require a lot of water, take short showers to minimize your water consumption. Also, air dry your hair and clothes after washing to cut down on the use of electricity for the dryer. If you are using a dishwasher or a washing machine then make sure that you fill it up to full capacity to optimize each cycle.
5.Use Eco-Friendly Products
If there is a baby in the house then use cloth diapers or eco-friendly diapers that can be disposed of easily as opposed to the diapers that do not decompose and leave behind toxic waste. Use cardboard matches instead of lighters that require petroleum and buy products that are minimally packaged to avoid generating large amounts of waste. Simply switching to eco-friendly products can minimize the load on the environment and can, therefore, prevent further degradation of various ecosystems.
These are some of the basic lifestyle changes and home improvement techniques that can contribute significantly towards sustainable development. You may have felt that leading a sustainable lifestyle can be a major transition but these simple tricks make it extremely easy. So look around your home to find culprits that could be leading to the wastage of energy or other precious resources and repair or replace them today to restore the former glory of the planet. Furthermore,
If you wish to take your sustainable development efforts outside your house as well then check out our next article for some tips on how to do the same.