The one misconception about sustainable home decor is that doing up a sustainable home will almost leave you broke. In 2015, when I decided to start leading a sustainable life, it was difficult to find brands that aligned with my philosophy. But today, with all the awareness, leading a sustainable lifestyle has not only become affordable but also extremely stylish. Most of the times, you don’t even need to buy anything new but recycle old or used products. While it is true that most new sustainable home decor products come with a huge price tag, let me share with you a few ways you can make your home sustainable without burning hole in your pocket:
1. STOP USING ONE TIME USE PLASTIC BAGS:
You can begin by replacing plastic bags with grocery bags that are made up of natural materials. Imagine the reduction in plastic waste just by switching to a natural fibre bag.
2. GO FOR BOTTLES MADE UP OF GLASS OR ANY OTHER NON TOXIC MATERIAL
Replace your plastic bottles with glass or bottles made up of metal. This is a very small step but is a great habit to start with.
3. CHOOSE GLASS, CLAY, WOOD OR STONE FOR SERVE WARE AND CUTLERY
While choosing to serve ware or cutlery, you could choose from a variety of options ranging from wood, stone, clay, glass, steel, marble or granite.
4. USE NATURAL FABRIC
One of the simplest ways to make your home more sustainable is by using natural fabric for upholstery and bedding. Cotton, linen, wool, silk, jute are some options.
5. NATURAL OR HOMEMADE CLEANING AGENTS
There are a few options in the Indian market today when it comes to natural cleaning agents. However, there are many ways to formulate natural cleaning supplies at home. Soapnuts which are the dried fruit of the Ritha tree is an excellent cleaning agent. It is natural, eco-friendly, cheap, and reusable.
6. BEAUTY SUPPLIES OR GROOMING SUPPLIES
While choosing beauty or grooming supplies, it is best to opt for natural skincare or makeup brands that use recyclable or eco-friendly packaging. You can also whip up natural products at home and store in jars. When it comes to grooming, you can opt for traditional shaving kits, bamboo brushes and natural loofas.
7. USE MUSLIN CLOTHES OR CLOTH BAGS TO STORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Instead of using plastic zip packs or plastic containers you can use a muslin cloth or natural fabric bags to store your fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh for a long time
8.STYLE BAMBOO AND JUTE BASKETS
You can replace plastic laundry bags with bamboo or jute baskets. These baskets are mostly handmade and support local artisans.
If you love fresh flowers or want to start eating organic, gardening is a very useful skill. Fresh flowers can make even the dullest of space alive but if you are not happy purchasing them at a hefty price every 2 to 3 days, you can opt to grow your flowers at home.
10. RECYCLE OR USE VINTAGE ITEMS
This is a very hard one for me because I love the feel of paper and pen but wherever possible I try to use digital versions of publications. Yes, electronics have their own problems of pollution and their manufacturing involve overexploitation of natural resources but presently, I am tackling the problem of wastage and paper manufacturing that involves cutting down of trees and pollution caused by paper industries.
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