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How to Start Living Sustainably at Home

How to Start Living Sustainably at Home

Hi there! My name is Maria. Welcome to the very first Bioterra Eco Shop blog!

It is no secret that it can be overwhelming when deciding how to reduce your ecological footprint. Many concepts and terms are tossed around, such as cruelty free, plant based, zero waste, non-toxic and non-GMO, which can make it very difficult, if not frustrating, to check all the boxes when making this lifestyle change. The great news is, whether you are considering going vegan or committing to a low-waste lifestyle, your actions and purchasing habits will create a positive impact on the environment and the people around you. This journey is about baby steps. To help you start this exciting journey, I have compiled a quick and simple guide.

 

Choose Your Space

You have chosen the path of reducing your ecological footprint, but where do you start? Start by choosing one place in your home to focus on. Generally, kitchens and bathrooms are great spaces to start with as they contain the greatest number of products that produce waste. I am a mother of two and an avid cook, so naturally, I will use the kitchen to illustrate my point.

 

Select One to Three Items

Now that you have chosen a place to start, it is time to identify one to three regularly purchased items that are the largest producers of waste. Since we are using my kitchen in our guide (a dishwasher-free one at that), I have chosen items I frequently use while doing dishes: dish soap, dish brushes, and a scouring sponge.

Assess and Replace

It is time for some self-reflection. Look at the item(s) that you have chosen and ask yourself the following questions: Does this item produce waste? Does this item contain chemicals? Does it use a lot of energy or water to produce? Can it be recycled or composted? Can it be replaced with something better?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have successfully identified where to begin your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle! Now it is time to replace them.

Let us consider dish soap, commonly contained within a plastic bottle. I would personally seek out alternative packaging options or opt for a dish washing block, given that liquid soap requires a large amount of water to manufacture. By committing to identifying, assessing, and replacing items in your environment over time, you should be able to effectively replace many items for their eco-friendly alternative. After this, move on to the next room. Once you experiment and find the products you love, you will be surprised at how easy it will be to get started on your eco journey, and both, you and the planet, will love the reduction in waste!

 

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Comments

Cristina - April 1, 2021

Love this! I found the kitchen the easiest to start making changes, ditched the gross yellow sponges that don’t last and stopped buying something that was headed to the garbage so quickly. I love the reusable pads we have now, but I haven’t found something heavy duty for the bottom of my pans, so will check out those brushes.

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