Our Product Marketing guy, and resident eco-expert, Ari lists his five go-to steps towards a greener home. Small things that make a big impact.
Here at HomeHero we’re playing our part in providing renewable energy where possible and supporting projects such as tree planting to offset carbon emissions. In addition to using green energy at home, there are a few things we can all do to be more mindful of our own carbon footprint.
Most of these don’t require much effort at all, it’s just about starting a habit.
Here are my five small things that make a big impact:
1. Re-useable shopping bags
We know that using plastic shopping bags is not great, their production involves fossil fuels and when discarded they often end up in landfill or in the oceans. Since plastic has a very long lifespan (it can easily take 10 to 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose), they pollute our land or worse still, they are a danger to sea life. So instead of using the bags provided in the supermarket, buy one that you can reuse. You can get a friendly jute bag that you can re-use over and over again. Hang it on your door so that you can’t forget it when you decide to make a trip to the shops. And if you often make a spontaneous visit to the supermarket, maybe keep a stowaway shopping bag in your coat or bag. No longer using plastic shopping bags is that simple!
2. Cleaning Product Tablets
Think of all the products we buy that come in plastic packaging, only to be thrown away once it’s used up. It’s another thing that pollutes and there’s a better way. Instead of buying disposable spray bottles, why not get ones you can keep and refill. I really like Homethings, who offer a set of three spray bottles along with three different types of tablets. All you need to do is fill the bottles with tap water and drop in a tablet. (The tablets are non-toxic) Once dissolved you have a spray for three different surfaces.
3. Renewable Deodorant
Similar to those cleaning products made of plastic that get thrown away once used up, deodorant is another case where lots of plastic and chemicals are used. So why not use refillable deodorant? At Wild, they have invented a really cool reusable aluminium case that takes their four different scented refills. These refills are plastic-free, compostable and don’t contain any nasty ingredients.
4. Getting your groceries delivered
Not only is having your food shop delivered to your door a treat in itself, but it’s also much better for the environment. Think about it. Rather than twenty cars making their way to the supermarket to get their groceries, there could just be one delivery van making a single trip. And in addition to that, when you order online you are much less likely to make impulse purchases. And that, in turn, reduces food waste and plastics.
5. Greener Travel
At some point in the hopefully not too distant future, we will be able to travel again. And when we do, we could look to use greener ways of travelling. So when you plan a trip to Amsterdam or even the South of France, why not take the train instead of a plane. Not only is this a much more eco-friendly way of travelling (trains run on electricity after all, not fossil fuels) it’s also a lot of fun. You get to catch a glimpse of the different cities and surroundings on the way to your destination. So next time you travel within Europe, ask yourself, can I take the train?
So as you can see, it’s really quite easy (and even fun!) to make some small changes in your daily life that can make a real difference to the bigger picture. If you feel like doing more, then you could consider some books that give you lots more ways to contribute to a healthier environment. The Independent has a useful list of great reads.