On sunny days spent lounging and enjoying the summer sun, we are reminded of the beauty and bounty of nature. Our day-to-day choices add up to the sum of our environmental impact over our lifetime, so it’s up to us as consumers to consciously make sustainable choices in our daily lives. When we choose eco-friendly alternatives for our homes, we can make a positive difference. Environmental responsibility may seem daunting, but this week Dwayne shares 3 easy and long-term green swaps to make your home more sustainable.
An easy, low-cost, and eco-friendly swap to make throughout your home is to trade in your incandescent or fluorescent bulbs with LED lights. Not only are 95% of LED lights recyclable, but they last longer than traditional bulbs and are mercury-free — making them a healthier light source for you, your family, and the planet. Take sustainability to the next level, by combining LEDs with lighting control technology. This increases efficiency ensuring lights are only powered when they need to be.
Every small choice we make has a ripple effect that impacts the collective carbon footprint. The dental floss, napkins, and Q-tips we use may seem inconsequential, but as we know, the details are the most defining. A simple way to minimize waste is to swap single-use products like napkins, tissues, Q-tips, dental floss, etc. Dwayne recommends switching to cloth napkins as opposed to paper napkins and towels. Or, elevate your morning coffee by trading in your drip coffee maker with a French press.
Using plastic-free food storage is an easy way to bring less plastic into your home. Convenient kitchen tools like saran wrap and plastic containers may be our unconscious go-to’s when storing leftovers, however, plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose. Reduce your plastic waste by storing your food sustainably with glass containers and beeswax wraps. Not only are glass containers reusable but they will last for years to come. Made from organic cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil, beeswax wraps are a compostable replacement for plastic films. These simple swaps can make a big difference!