In 1955 the term throwaway living appeared for the first time on Life Magazine. Since then, throwaway/disposable culture has become a common concept used to refer to a society mostly dominated by excessive production and overconsumption. More than half a century down the line, the not so positive repercussions of such an attitude are encouraging many to go back to the drawing board, and start with a clean slate; an eco-friendly home is where it all starts.
Turn it Off
Computer and TV sets are usually left on all day. When they are not being used unplug them in order to save electricity consumed in some 18 hours of idle mode. The same goes for running taps whilst shaving or brushing teeth. Turn the tap off to prevent wasting tremendous amounts of clean water. Instead, fill the sink with enough water to rinse your brush or razor.
Keep the Door Shut
Temperatures of refigerators and ovens can be highly interfered with if doors are opened and closed incessantly. Set a timer and switch on the light before checking the oven; know well in advance what’s in your refigerator before opening the door to take something out. Fluctuating temperatures bring about unnecessary consumption.
Dispose of Inessential Chemicals
Detergents are mainly used to attain cleanliness and a refreshing fragrance, but they contain toxins that once in contact with the body become excessively difficult to rid of. The effects become toxic for essential body systems, such as the central nervous system and the reproductive system in women. A more natural alternative to such products is vinegar; it can be used all around the house and on most surfaces, kills germs and eliminates mould too.
These arrangements need no further installation and come at no extra cost whatsoever. Turning a home into a sustainable space is possible and instantaneously achievable.