As winter gathers itself and enters the Southern hemisphere, most of us would consider this a time to relax. Instead, we should rather consider this as an opportunity to take on new projects. Indeed, since we are limited by space and bad weather, it’s an ideal time to focus on indoor projects. Considering we also care about the environment, this creates the perfect space in which to start new projects.
Green your kitchen
One of the most wasteful spaces in the home is the kitchen. As Treehugger highlights in their guide to making your kitchen greener, they note:
“Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials, and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen.”
Install wooden cupboards and surfaces, as wood is renowned for being very good for the environment. Replace your food with greener, fresh food and use long-lasting items.
Plugs, lights and other electrical devices require consideration too. Using your power tools, carefully replace old devices, sockets and so on, with greener ones. You should install LED lights, as these are much better for the environment and will last longer than other lights. We should start replacing and doing general checkups on our lights, during summer days.
Winter comes fast in the Southern hemisphere, plunging major cities like Cape Town into darkness quickly. Prevent that from happening by preparing now, rather than working in the dark of winter.
Plants as art
Instead of focusing strictly on repairs, why not consider more creative responses? DMCI has a list of incredible design ideas, using old items to store your plants. Everything from toy trucks to corks can be used to store plants. For example, instead of throwing away an old or broken coffee mug, why not give it a touch up with some simple paint and glue, then use it to store a small plant?
This means you’re not tossing out items unnecessarily and creating a space for a living entity. The world needs more plants, after all, and everyone benefits. Indeed, there are numerous studies supporting the idea of taking care of plants – as beneficial to us, individually as well as globally.
In the end, there are no restrictions on what we can do in our homes to go greener. This benefits ourselves, prepares our homes for winter and helps make the world that much better.