Earthborn’s 6 simple tips for creating a more eco friendly home
11th April 2022
When Earthborn first started, our philosophy was simple; to provide paints that were better for you, your home and the environment. But in those days, anyone who proclaimed a love for the planet received a few funny looks and consignment to full-on hippy status!
We are pleased to say things have moved on and it’s now cool to be green. Environmentally friendly living has become a buzzword in recent years! With the war on plastics, saving water and using fewer chemicals at the front of our minds. So how do you turn eco friendly intentions into practical action at home? We’ve put together our 6 simple tips to help create a greener, more sustainable, eco-friendly home:
Make your own household cleaners
At Earthborn we get asked lots of questions about the chemicals contained within our paints. But did you know that most of the cleaning products used around the home will contain lots more chemicals, toxins and nasties than Earthborn paints?
Making your own cleaning products might sound complicated but we promise it’s super easy! Homemade cleaning products are often cheaper, longer lasting and most importantly, toxin-free. Help protect the environment by cutting out single use plastics and using naturally derived ingredients. If you have children, pets or anyone with allergies living in your house this is even more worthwhile.
Invest in a reusable water bottle
According to Surfers against Sewage,12 million tonnes of plastic is poured into our oceans every year. The biggest problem is single use plastics and the quantities in which they are used. A plastic bottle for instance is used on average for 15 minutes yet could take 100 – 300 years to fragment. In the UK we recycle less than a third of our plastic, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans. Do your bit and cut out the single use plastics where you can – investing in a reusable water bottle is such a simple way to help.
With a little planning and patience, a compost heap will reward use in spades (pardon the pun!) turning food and garden waste into a nutrient fuelled wonder product for your plants. If you’re new to composting, check out this guide from The Eden Project.
Use energy-saving lightbulbs
Not only are the new energy-efficient bulbs far better for the environment, they could save you money in the long run too! The Energy Saving Trust estimates that by replacing all bulbs in your home with LED alternatives, you could save about £40 a year on your electricity bills. Head to the Energy Saving Trust for other top tips on making your home more energy-efficient.
Whether it’s a simple water-butt in your garden or an advanced rainwater harvesting system, saving rainwater can help reduce your mains water consumption, benefiting both the environment and your wallet. By harvesting rainwater you can use it to water the garden and plants around your home or even for washing clothes and flushing the loo. The Renewable Energy Hub is a great resource for anyone looking to save energy around the home, including lots of information about saving rainwater.
Opt for eco friendly products around your home
Making healthier, more environmentally aware choices in the products we buy used to mean compromising on quality or choice. But that’s changing! From furniture to bedding, candles to paint (ahem!). There are loads of companies out there who produce goods in an environmentally conscious way.
But it can be really tricky to know what’s genuine… and what’s ‘greenwash’! While we’d all like to make more environmentally friendly choices, it can take a lot of time and research to find brands and businesses that share the same green ethos.
To be sure you’re buying genuine eco products there are certain accreditations you can look out for, in order to make an informed decision. For example, at Earthborn our paints carry the Ecolabel. The Ecolabel provides independent, third party assurance that the product meets the highest possible environmental performance and is the only environmental product certification scheme that is accepted EU wide.
There are also organisations such as Blue Patch. It’s a directory for UK & Irish businesses from a whole variety of sectors – from fashion and home to food and leisure. The difference is that each business has proven green credentials. It enables you, the customer, to browse different sectors on its website to find genuinely eco friendly businesses.
Do you have any tips for making your home a more environmentally friendly place to be? We’d love to hear about it! Share your suggestions using one of the socials tabs below.