5 Simple Ways to Be Sustainable at Home
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5 Simple Ways to Be Sustainable at Home

Are you looking for ways to start being sustainable at home? 

 

I got you. 

 

Contrary to what the trend portrays, being sustainable doesn’t mean you have to ditch all your plastic belongings in a day a week, or a month. It’s just not possible. 

 

This is a process of learning and discovering small sustainable habits every day that can eventually add up and make a huge impact on our lives and the environment. 

 

If you are new to sustainable living, you must know that you can start small, simple, and slow. Look at what you already have and make the most out of it rather than replacing it with eco-friendly items instantly.

 

Here are 5 Simple Ways you can do to be Sustainable at home. 

Reuse your empty jars or containers

Get into the habit of reusing your empty jars at home. This is one of the simplest ways to be sustainable at home. 

 

And guess what? You don’t have to purchase the trending mason jars that you see on Instagram (though it can be tempting due to aesthetic feels). Instead of disposing of your empty jar of peanut butter, jams, or nutella, why not reuse them? Take that jar of Strawberry Jam, as an example. Once you have consumed it all already, you can use the jar in many different ways. 

 

Here are some ideas;

 

  • Use it for your overnight oats or cupcake in a jar recipes
  • Regrow herbs in it (spring onions, parsley, mint, etc.)
  • Use it as a glass for juices or smoothies
  • Use it for scented candle making 
  • Store kitchen seasonings 
  • Make it a note jar (where you can write your thoughts on a sticky note, roll it, and put it in the jar. I do this personally for tracking my habit) 
  • Store Snacks

 

Grow your herbs or plants

 

If you like to cook, herbs and spices are essentials in your kitchen. Buying your herbs every time you need it can cost you time and money. Thus, growing your plants at home is one way to have a sustainable source of herbs and spices for the long run. 

 

Some herbs you can grow in a mini pot or containers are basil, rosemary, and parsley. You can also plant some cherry tomatoes, calamansi (or lime), and spinach. This doesn’t require big space, you can just put them out where there are sun rays, windows, or on a tiny corner outside your house.

 

Not only can you make use of fresh herbs from your garden for your dishes but you can also save money by not having to buy them every time you need it.

Reduce food waste

Before going to the supermarket or farmer’s market, prepare a list of all that you need to buy. Remember to check first if you still have remaining stocks at home. This can help you avoid buying foods that just caught your attention while walking in the grocery aisle but you don’t necessarily need to. This way, you can reduce your food waste.

 

Here are also some tips to reduce food waste;

 

  • Weekly Meal Planning
  • Cooking more at home rather than ordering online (I’m not saying ordering online is bad at all but just make sure it’s a balance.)
  • Store your leftovers in the fridge (sometimes, you can even cook another recipe using the leftovers from your other dish)

A secret hack when going to the grocery: ‘’Don’t go to the supermarket when you’re hungry. You’ll end up buying foods you don’t need.’’

Turn off lights to save energy

This is one of the easiest ways to be sustainable at home. Yet, we often take it for granted. Turning off your lights when not in use can also help the environment. It reduces wasted energy and lessens the use of non-renewable energy that is harmful to our planet. 

 

So the next time you leave the house for a vacation, or even when going out quickly to go somewhere, make sure to check if the lights are turned off and unplug any device or appliances not in used..

 

Not only can you save energy but it also reduces the cost of your monthly utility bill.

Single use plastic

If you’re just starting on your journey to sustainability, this can be challenging. Convenience usually comes in plastic packaging such as food takeouts (those Tupperwares, you can reuse them though), plastic bags on local markets, and plastic packaging of your shampoo and conditioner. 

 

You can slowly make a switch by buying shampoo bars and conditioner bars once you’ve used up what you currently have.  

 

As for food covers, instead of plastic cling wrap, you can try beeswax. It is biodegradable and you can even DIY it to save money. 

 

Remember also to keep those grocery bags so you can reuse them the next time you go out to buy some fresh produce. Keep your eco bags ready for use to avoid plastic bags. 

 

When looking for eco-friendly alternatives for some of your household plastic products, check a local store or online business. 

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