Eco-friendly Spring: as easy as it looks

Even knowing the implications of the new coronavirus on our daily life, it is still possible (and quite usual, actually) to take advantage of springtime arrival for a thorough cleaning of our homes.

More than cleaning, it is also a great opportunity to get rid of old habits. A new season asks for a little change and, as you know, the world is demanding a big one: an eco-friendly approach to daily life. Let’s?

E-co-frien-dly

Environmentally friendly; (smth) that has a beneficial effect on the environment or at least does not cause environmental damage; ecological.

Tips to welcome an eco-friendly spring

There are always different ways to become eco-friendly in all areas of our lives. It’s “the little things” that matter, and they are very much worth it.

 

At home

  • Say no to food waste.

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: household food waste represents 70% of all worldwide food waste. This issue is responsible for around 10% of the global human-produced greenhouse gas emissions. Check out some tips to reduce food waste at home.

  • Give reusable cups and bottles a chance…

    … and say goodbye to their disposable counterparts. Single use plastics are not eco-friendly at all, and they belong in the past. Do you need some tips to get rid of plastic?

  • Sorting your rubbish is caring for the planet.

    Recycling is the motto here – but we have a hunch you already know this. Stay on the right track to an eco-friendly lifestyle! And, if you’re curious, find out what happens after the recycling bin.

Family packing unused items
  • Donate clothes you don’t wear.

    Spring cleaning always entails a closet cleaning. Why not donate the clothes, shoes, accessories and even toys your kids don’t find so funny anymore, to charity or charitable second-hand shops? Start selecting through your closet and prepare your donation boxes – saves you time and makes it easier to hand them over.

Electricity

  • Switch to low-comsumption LEDs.

    It’ll save you money and spare the environment! Being eco-friendly also means being savings friendly.

  • Check your windows.

    You might be unnecessarily spending power with heating or AC, by allowing heat to escape through old uninsulated windows.

Electronics use a lot of energy when left in standby
  • No more standby!

    Did you know that standby power is also called vampire draw or ghost load? This refers to the electrical power consumed by electronic appliances in standby mode. Standby power may add up to 10% of your electricity bill! To give an eco-friendly twist to this vampire draw, consider using power adapters with an on/off switch, for example.

Water

  • Try low flow taps.

    The truth is we spend many litres of water needlessly, with high flow taps and shower heads. One of the main steps towards becoming eco-friendly is to spare our planet’s finite resources – like water.

A full washing machine saves water
  • Get that washing machine working like it should.

    That is, load it until full and make sure it is water and power efficient. More recent washing machines and dishwashers allow eco modes that can save a lot of water in each cycle.

Know the 5 main water wasters in your home.

Ecology

watering an indoor garden
  • Plant your very own herbs garden at home.

    It’s relaxing and healthy, it gives you delicious flavours and aromas, it is eco-friendly… It’s a complete win. See how to plant a sustainable herb garden at home – it is easier than you think.

With the kids

  • Celebrate sustainable days.

    There are many important dates in Spring like the the Earth Day (22nd of April) or the World Environment Day (29th of May). Use these days to teach you children the importance of becoming more and more eco-friendly.

recycling with kids
  • Fun with recycling!

    Remember, just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined. This means that early influences can have a permanent effect on children. If your children don’t know what recycling is yet (and why it is so important), this could be a good time to teach them how to do it and what to put in each bin. You can even create fun games and activities to get them on board.


Ready for an eco-friendly Spring? We’ll meet you there!