Sustainable living isn’t easy, especially in this age of “use it once, throw it away” we live in. Buy for those who want to save time, money, and the environment there are a lot of ways to leave a smaller footprint.
Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
Windows are one of the chief places for the cold to sneak in during winter. While no one wants to put blackout curtains up, fewer people want to deal with the heat loss and increased cost that comes with said heat loss. If you have a spray bottle, some water, and bubble wrap you can keep your light as well as your heat.
Clean your window, and then spray a light mist of water onto it. Roll the bubble wrap onto the widow, and the water will hold it in place for months. When it warms up grab a corner and slowly peel it off. No muss, no fuss, no stains, and the bubble wrap is cheap, re-usable, and when you’re done you can recycle it.
Even in the digital age, we are a society awash in paper. Taking steps to live as paperless as possible is an easy way to shrink your environmental footprint.
Rather than getting stacks of letters every month, sign up to get your bank statements, bills and other recurring transactions emailed to you If you get a new TV, blender, or electronic gadget download the manual and recycle the paper one that came in the box. Use the note-taking feature on your smart phone or tablet computer to take notes or make shopping lists. You can even scan your receipts so that paying taxes requires a simple folder of attachments rather than a huge file of paper print outs. This will de-clutter your living space, and ensure that you are recycling as much paper as possible.
Don’t Buy Things You Don’t Really Need
This seems obvious, but if you look closely in your closets and cabinets you’re going to find a lot of things you thought were necessities that really aren’t. Most of your cleaning products can be tossed out in favor of cheap, non-toxic alternatives like lemon juice, white vinegar, and other natural cleaners. Not only are they just as effective and harmless to children and pets, these materials cost pennies on the dollar when compared to commercial cleaners.
While you don’t have to eliminate everything in your home to do it the old-fashioned way, there’s a lot to be said for the methods your grandparents used. Especially since there’s no chemical residue to clean up afterward when you use natural ingredients.
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