When it comes to making new year resolutions, it’s not always a case of ‘go big or go home’.
Starting at home, small changes that we can all make can make a big difference to our planet. Beginning with a few simple swaps and new habits, you’ll find yourself well on the way to making 2019 your greenest year yet. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
In your kitchen
Most of us are aware of and concerned by the harmful outdoor air pollution that’s associated with living in towns or cities. But, what about our homes? When we spend so much time indoors, it’s crucial that we do what we can to reduce the toxins and chemicals that we’re putting into our air. One way to do this is by swapping to more natural cleaning methods.
Eco-friendly cleaning products, such as Ecover and Method, contain fewer toxins and pollutants and come in sustainable packaging that can be refilled time and time again. For totally natural cleaning solutions, try half lemons to scrub and shine up your oven tops or a diluted vinegar mix and recycled newspaper for a streak-free finish on your windows.
In your bathroom
From plastic toothbrushes to disposable razors, single-use cotton buds to plastic shampoo bottles. Our bathrooms might be our relaxation zone, but they could be the worst room in the house when it comes to plastic waste. Luckily, there are easy swaps that can be made.
We’re huge fans of shampoo and conditioner bars. By cutting out the packaging, you’ve already taken a big green step. These packaging-free bars are not only kinder to the environment but tend to be made with more natural ingredients that are kinder to your body too.
Most mainstream period products also contain a staggering amount of unnecessary plastic. Switching to KIND’s tampons with biodegradable cardboard applicators and paper packaging is another easy way to make your home more eco-friendly. Reusable products, like our KIND menstrual cups, could be the only period care you need for the next ten years, making them kinder to your purse as well as your planet.
KIND tip: Add a separate bathroom bin for recyclable waste and refill whatever packaging you can from your local zero-waste store.
In your bedroom
Fast fashion can be described as cheap clothing collections that are influenced by catwalk trends and designed to hit the high street stores quickly for us to impulsively buy. It’s the dress you bought for £20 to take on holiday and never wore again or the cheap t-shirt that didn’t survive its first wash. Although the price tags can seem appealing, the impact that this throwaway fashion consumption has on our planet is getting out of hand.
One way to make your look more sustainable is to build yourself a ‘capsule wardrobe’. A capsule wardrobe is a term used to describe a collection of 30-40 practical and versatile items of clothing that work well when styled together. A capsule wardrobe favours quality over quantity and helps us to shop more consciously only for what we know we will wear for years to come.
In your garden
OK, let’s step outside. Whether you’ve got acres of land, a trendy roof terrace or a city-friendly balcony, there are a number of ways you can make to make your outdoor space a little more eco-friendly.
You might think that growing your own food is something that only those with huge gardens or access to an allotment can do, but that’s definitely not the case. Windowsills, communal yards and balconies can provide happy homes to fresh herbs, vegetables and salad. From seed to plate, growing your own dinner is a rewarding way to live more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint on our planet. Naturally organic and free from any packaging, your homegrown foods offer massive nutritional and ecological benefits over their supermarket alternatives.
Whatever you’re growing, creating your own compost out of household waste such as coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, shredded newspapers and nut shells can help to create a nutrient-rich and naturally-fertilised soil for your garden or yard. You can learn more about composting at home here.
Throughout the year, we’ll continue to share ideas and inspiration that we hope will help us all take small, achievable steps towards greener living, with changes that are kinder to our bodies and kinder to our planet. What eco-friendly habits will you be introducing in 2019? Let us know by tagging us in your green living posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.