Keeping up Your Eco-Friendly Home
Today, companies are providing more tools and resources for eco-friendly consumers, which makes living sustainably easier than ever before. Here’s how your can keep up your home in a sustainable way.
Choose Products With Eco-Labels
Inhabitat cites that there are more than 400 green certifications that are competing for the attention of eco-friendly consumers. Products that have green certifications are marked with an eco-label. For example, paper and wood that are responsibly sourced and harvested are marked by the Rainforest Alliance certification or the Forest Stewardship Council certification. You also might have noticed that appliances come with stickers from Energy Guide, a mandatory label on each product that predicts its energy consumption. Energy Star is one of the most recognizable eco-labels.
Labels are put in place to help green-minded consumers make sustainable, energy-saving choices when it comes to making purchases. Additional labels can be found on building products, such as Smart Certified labels; water delivery, like WaterSense certifications; and food products and home goods, including furniture. For more on eco-labels, check out InHabitat.com.
Compost Your Scraps and Trash
It’s estimated that 40 percent of the food purchased in the United States goes to waste, according to the Food and Agriculture Association. It also reports that 1.3 billion tons of the food that’s produced for human consumption goes to waste as well. This is a big problem. Over 97 percent of food waste ends up in a landfill, notes the Environmental Protection Agency.
Instead of tossing out your dated groceries, table scraps, banana peels and eggshells, compost them. Composting these items is easy, and it doesn’t take much to get started. Plus, the soil you generate during composting is great for growing organic food at home, as it’s rich with minerals and nutrients. For more on composting at home, visit EarthEasy.com.
Shop at Eco-Minded Retailers
Filling your home with beautiful and sustainable products doesn’t have to be hard because there are dozens of eco-friendly and EPA-certified companies and retailers to choose from. One such eco-minded retailer is Amway. The company has a long history, dating back to 1959, of minimizing its environmental footprint by utilizing organic farms, green product design and eco-friendly facilities. From beauty products to home decor, you can rest-assured that you’re making a green purchase when you shop via Amway. For more on Amway’s sustainable business practices, visit AmwayConnections.com.
Another green shopping option is to do business with companies that employ a zero-waste or zero-landfill philosophy. This means that all of the waste is either reused or recycled during production of products. Companies like Subaru and Procter and Gamble are considered to be zero-landfill businesses. For more information, go to Subaru.com.
Cleaning products are notorious for containing harsh chemicals that are damaging to a person’s health and the environment. Make a sustainable choice at home by swapping out your traditional cleaners for products that are eco-friendly and safer for you, your family and the environment.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together a roundup of the safest and most eco-friendly products. On its site you can navigate through products, such as laundry powder from Bio-Kleen Industries and organic bathroom cleaners from Buggy Love. For a comprehensive list of green cleaners, visit EWG.org.