Eco Home – How to Create Yours

Make Your Home an Eco Home

Creating an eco home seems overwhelming when there are so many things you should do to be better at it. There is a lot of changes we should all make to create an eco-friendly lifestyle. We have some checklists and tricks to help you create your eco-home.
Eco Home

Building

When building a home there is conventional building material that can be used, but there are also green building materials. For insulation instead of foam board, try wool or wood fibre. For flooring use bamboo, corkwood, hardwood and even stone for a greener choice.
The green building cost 3-5% more than conventional buildings, but they reduce energy by 30-50% and waste by 70%. Here are some other home tips:

• use low or zero VOC paint, or milk paint
• native plants in the yard
• organic insect spray
• solar panels
• rainwater harvesting system
• faucet aerators
• energy efficient machines
• ON/OFF power strips for electronics
• clean refrigerator coils

Seasonal:

Spring: Switch to non-toxic cleaning products, plant a container garden, vacuum the coils on the back of your fridge.
Summer: Use a reusable bottle, Plus small appliances into a smart power strip, buy a water saving shower head
Fall: change your air filter, replace bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
Winter: Give eco-friendly gifts, wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket, make draft stopped in front of windows and doors.

Green Technology

Green Home Ideas

Kitchen

  • plant-based scrubbers and sponges
  • plant based liquid soap
  • bar soaps
  • cloth towels (not paper towels)
  • glass storage containers
  • beeswax or plant-based wax wraps
  • stretchy cotton bowl covers
  • essential oils
  • non-toxic cookware (i.e. stainless
  • steel, cast iron, and glass)
  • compost bin
  • recycling area
  • low flow faucet

Bathroom

  • plant based cleaners
  • bidet
  • bamboo toilet paper (Brandless)
  • Waterpik or eco-friendly floss
  • bamboo toothbrush
  • organic tooth powder in a reusable jar
  • natural body care
  • bar soap
  • stainless steel safety razor
  • essential oils
  • cotton or bamboo bath towels
  • bamboo or cotton facial towels
  • cotton or bamboo rounds/squares
  • water saving low flow shower-head
  • a low flow faucet aerator

Hygiene

  • organic toothpowder in a reusable jar
  • bar soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • bamboo toothbrush
  • Waterpik or eco-friendly floss
  • cotton or bamboo bath towels, facial towels, and rounds/squares
  • organic skin care products
  • bamboo comb
  • DIY hair & skin products
  • bulk hair and skin products, like black soap and shea butter
  • mouthwash tablets

Nursery

  • cloth diapers
  • reusable cloth wipes + organic wipe solution
  • glass bottles
  • natural rubber pacifier/soother
  • organic cotton sheets
  • organic cotton swaddle blankets
  • thrifted/second-hand clothes
  • organic cotton clothes
  • solid wood furniture
  • second-hand furniture
  • all-natural/organic baby wash, shampoo, and lotion

Laundry

  • plant-based laundry detergent
  • soap nuts if they are local to you
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • natural fibre clothes
  • microfiber catching laundry ball
  • wool dryer balls
  • essential oils (see if there’s a company on share a sale)
  • garment brush + lint remover
  • use the SUN to remove stains, when possible
  • organic stain removers
  • energy efficient appliances
  • dry clean at home

Bedroom

  • organic mattress & bedding
  • organic cotton or bamboo sheets
  • essential oil diffuser + essential oils
  • air purifying house plants
  • bamboo pillows
  • solid wood furniture
  • second-hand furniture
  • air purifier machine

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