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Sustainability examples at home

Something that I have realized in recent years is that a respectful upbringing in tune with the needs of our children, is associated with a respectful look also for Mother Earth who is the one who sustains us and also needs us.

Little by little we have been making changes in our house and in our daily rhythm that bring us closer to being a more ecological and sustainable family .

As fathers and mothers we are the example, the reference and the role model for our children. Our gesture, whatever it is, will be imitated by them and reproduced in their adult life, often automatically. We should be more aware of this.

So if you are at that moment of rethinking some habits and taking better care of your little piece of the planet, I propose a plan in  simple and effective sustainability examples at home:

(1) Go Zero Waste movement (0 waste)

Minimize waste that ends up being garbage at home.

And garbage is understood to be everything that cannot be reused in any way, that cannot be composted (organic waste), or recycled, so it will necessarily end up in a landfill.

You should also compact the garbage to the maximum (there are already quite affordable domestic garbage compactors, although you can also do many things manually such as crushing the cans).

Why? Because this way, more garbage will fit in a bag and therefore more bags in a truck, fewer transport trips, less oil, less pollution, etc, etc.

(2) Goodbye to wear and tear

We use so many throwaway things without realizing it… A simple example,   paper napkins .

It is more than proven that much less water and resources are spent using cloth napkins than paper, which we also tend to squander them like nothing else.

The porta bocadillos or holder snacks and washable reusable bags are also an alternative and very environmentally friendly way to dispense with throwaway packaging.

(3) Reuse or Recycle

Always reuse, if not possible, then always recycle.

Always recycle glass, paper and cardboard, and plastic that you cannot reuse in any way.

To make it easier for everyone to separate the garbage at home , we have these Ikea bags that are great for us, they are cheap and you can take them to the container in your hand like a bag.

(4) Say goodbye to plastic

 

For this the most sensible thing is  not to buy plastic containers , or the least possible.

Sometimes it is as simple as making a change of concept. For example, what would happen if we change the bottle of bath gel for a bar of soap?

Not only are there fewer grams of plastic that would end up in the world’s landfills, but you need less, because it lasts much longer, and your skin receives fewer chemicals.

Because if you bet on artisan and ecological soaps , your skin saves exposure to dyes, artificial perfumes, parabens and preservatives in general.

And if you are still not aware of the need to reduce plastic in your life, take a look at the plastic islands of the Pacific , to see what you think.

More than islands, they are beginning to be called the seventh continent , there is one that has more than 1,400,000 square km! And they are all made up of plastics that have ended up in the sea and that the currents have carried to that place, and being nanoparticles that have been fragmented, the pollution is much more catastrophic, since it ends up reaching our plates.

(5) Make good use of paper

Paper, like water, is a scarce good and you have to get the most out of it, so never throw away a sheet or notebook that could be used!

With the printed pages that have the back side blank, cut them out and make small booklets to take notes or for your little ones to draw. It’s as easy as stapling a pile of sheets around the edge.

You can also switch to stone paper , that 100% biodegradable paper , which is made without water, without chlorine and with mineral remains from tons of mine waste. Doesn’t that sound like a pass?

(5) Make good use of paper

Paper, like water, is a scarce good and you have to get the most out of it, so never throw away a sheet or notebook that could be used!

With the printed pages that have the back side blank, cut them out and make small booklets to take notes or for your little ones to draw. It’s as easy as stapling a pile of sheets around the edge.

You can also switch to stone paper also known as limestone paper, that 100% biodegradable paper , which is made without water, without chlorine and with mineral remains from tons of mine waste. Doesn’t that sound like a pass?

(6) Go back to the market to buy

With the large stores that import products from all over the world, we have lost sight of how important and ecological it is to consume seasonal products and from our area!

Do you have any idea of ??the amount of energy resources that it implies, and of course the pollution that it causes, that you eat an apple from the US or China?

Also, and this is very important , if you buy at the weekly market in your neighborhood or town, you are buying in bulk! Goodbye to all those unnecessary plastic and oil containers.

So please, get a good shopping basket and enjoy going to the market with your family, buying fresh and from local producers. And you’ll see what the kids enjoy seeing and participating in the marketing!

Of course, by consuming seasonal products, we not only reduce the need to import from abroad, but we are also eating healthier, since nature provides us with what our body needs in each season .

(7) Better organic and fair trade food

By betting on local products and buying in bulk you are already doing a lot to be a more responsible consumer, the next little step would be to opt for organic foods , which are also called bio or organic (but refer to the same thing).

Why?

Because they are healthier , they are produced with a high level of quality, they have more vitamins and nutrients, they are not genetically modified and they are respectful with the environment, nature and animals.

 

Almost everything we eat in the world! (that is not certified organic, it is understood) comes from this company of seeds that grow them with   genetically modified organisms , and that only react to insecticides patented by Monsanto itself.

On the other hand, when there is no choice but to buy imported products such as coffee or brown sugar, keep in mind that the one you find in a conventional supermarket does not come from fair crops and is usually always linked to the exploitation of people. Buy those of Fair Trade

(8) Also ecological cleaning products please

For the health of your family and that of the planet, use ecological cleaning products at home .

(9) Your wardrobe can also be sustainable

The first premise that we should all keep in mind is that there is no garment more sustainable than the one that is already manufactured .

Fortunately, second-hand clothing is increasingly on the rise, but not many dare yet,

A premise that you should not forget whenever you go to buy clothes and that I apply myself as a commandment is:

(10) Reduce your energy consumption

Sure you can consume a little less with small actions at home :

  • Switch to LED or energy saving bulbs
  • Think about how much lighting is needed before turning on
  • Install strips with switches.
  • If you don’t use it, turn it off.

It is also very important that you switch to an electricity company that comes from renewable energies .

(11). Eliminate unnecessary cans and container in the bathroom

There are so many plastic cans and bottles that we accumulate in the bathroom, but many of us can avoid them.

For example, hand soap, why not use the old-fashioned bar that is also sure to be more natural than bottled liquid soap?

It is better to buy large containers than small ones, and even make our own DIY hygiene products (I have a post pending on a familiar soap-gel that is easy, easy, and that is great).

(12)Grow It Yourself

If you have a garden, patio, deck, or balcony that is big enough, you might consider growing some fruits and vegetables. Some examples are: tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, peppers, aromatic plants and even fruit trees. They may not reach the conventional size of those we can find in the market, yes, their taste will not have anything to do with it either. To favor the growth and development of plants, we must locate our garden in the place where there are more hours of sunlight and attending to the particular needs of each plant, for example, the separation between one and another or the water needs. It is a fun and even comforting activity, since you will be able to enjoy the foods that you have cared for and maintained yourself.

 

A classic, use the kitchen paper as a napkin, cloth and cloth, all in one. Although comfortable, this is not the most sustainable practice, since every time there is a stain in the kitchen a square (or several) of paper is used and thrown away. Instead, it may be a good time to salvage cloth napkins and dish towels from the drawer where they were left behind. In addition, it is always better to use a cloth napkin than a badly folded kitchen paper. Although it may seem absurd, in the long run you will save a great amount of water even indirectly, since, although the production of the cloth napkin uses more water, it quickly pays for itself due to the number of uses that can be given to it. Also when it comes to washing them, as long as we fill the washing machine, the water consumption will be quite low.

 

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