It's Earth Day! Ohhh happy day of Earth. We love our planet, like a lot. And you should too! So we've rounded up some of our favorite ways to treat our homes and our amazing planet Earth a little better. We're all in this together guys. Check out these ideas for easy swaps you can make to create a more eco-friendly home:
Change out your traditional incandescents with energy- efficient light bulbs. CFL's (compact fluorescent lamps), LED's (light emitting diodes), and halogen incandescents use 25-80% less energy and last 2- 3 times longer. Traditional incandescents are being phased out altogether because of their high energy impact. But there's no need to wait for your oldies to go dim before you make the switch. While the upfront cost may be a little more expensive, in the end (or after about 500 hours of use) you'll notice the savings. By lowering your power bill, your new bulbs will pay for themselves. Saving the planet and your money- that's a win in our book!
When it comes to bedding, 100% organic is the way to go. Made without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides or any other chemical (yuck!), organic cotton is softer and more durable than conventional cotton. Don't be fooled by labels, look for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton to ensure no harmful or toxic chemicals are used throughout the entire process of turning the fiber into fabric. You'll be doing a service to the planet as the production of conventional cotton is known to waste water and add toxins to the water supply. Plus, you'll be able to rest easy knowing these non- toxic textiles are easier on your skin!
"Paper or plastic?" How about neither?! If you haven't made the switch yet... well, what are you waiting for? Some states now have laws on the books banning plastic bags and many stores are charging for paper. Do yourself a favor and invest in a great market bag. With more awareness being brought to the waste caused by grocery bags, many retailers and major brands are quickly adapting to the new standard. Make a fashion statement while being eco- friendly. Have fun with it, find one (or three) that you love and make sure to grab them from the car on your grocery runs. Take it a step further by getting yourself a 100% organic cotton bag!
Here's one we love! Rather than buying new, shop vintage or repurpose something you already have. Reduce, reuse, recycle... this hits all three! Keep furniture out of the landfills, conserve natural resources, and reduce pollution.. You'll also be reducing your carbon footprint by shopping locally. Vintage pieces are a great way to go green and add loads of character to your home. Check out some of the vintage items in our online store!
Indoor air quality matters and the best way to purify our air is through plants. Buy drought-tolerant varieties to save water - some plants can literally go weeks without it. You can't get more eco- friendly than that! See our blog post House Plants 101 for our favorite indoor plants and how to care for them.
Energy Star qualified appliances save energy, money and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. This is the most expensive swap on our list but will cut big costs on your power bill. Using 10-50% less energy than their standard counterparts, these appliances are shown to be more efficient, durable and provide enhanced performance. Check with your local utility provider for rebate offers.