Earth Day: 5 Steps to a Greener Home

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Earth Day is the perfect excuse to up your green home game. But what happens when all the eco-friendly festivities are over? We can all probably agree that Earth Day really should be every day… but that’s easier said than done. Afterall, life is busy! The good news is, there are simple things you can do today that will help you keep the Earth Day vibes going long after the day is done.

I’ve got 5 tips to help you create a healthier, greener home for the long-term – and they probably aren’t what you’re expecting!

1. Get Clear on Your Why

Look, I’m all for small acts of green. But at the end of the day, if you really want to make an impact you have to be consistent and build those small acts over time. And to do that, you have to believe in what you’re doing.

So I want you to take 5 minutes today and really think about why you want to make healthier changes. Whatever will fuel you to keep making change, figure that out and write it down. The more specific the better – try the layered “why” approach, where you ask yourself why on each of your answers until you can’t get any more specific.

2. Green Your Cleaning Routine

What you put down your drain doesn’t just disappear. It goes into the same water that we ultimately drink. And while water treatment plants do enough to stop us from getting noticeably ill, they are not designed to remove many of the chemicals we’re dumping down our drains. Plus, cleaners have been shown to significantly reduce indoor air quality.

Switch out your conventional cleaners for products that don’t use synthetic fragrance, antibacterial ingredients, or asthma-inducing ingredients. You can learn how to detox your cleaners here. Once you’ve made the swap, you’ll be dumping less toxic waste down the drain while improving the indoor air quality of your home every time you clean!

3. Recycle Less

Say what?! Yes, you read that right, but let me clarify. Recycling is definitely a better option than landfill, but not throwing something away is better still. And if you’re going to recycle something, make sure your municipality actually recycles it! (For example, Torontonians can search the Waste Wizard to see where to dispose of specific items.)

Take a look in your garbage and recycling bin and identify one thing that you toss a lot of. Maybe it’s plastic sandwich bags or cling wrap. Maybe it’s grocery store produce bags. Maybe it’s single-serving containers or wrappers. Pick one, and think about how you can get it out of your waste stream altogether.

Looking for reusable alternatives (like these reusable food wraps and freezer bags) will be healthier for you too, since plastic packaging can add hormone disruptors and other toxins to your food!

4. Meatless Mondays

Adding a meatless meal or day to your routine is a great way to reduce your eco-footprint and reduce your exposure to environmentally-pervasive toxins. There are lots of great and easy meals that the whole family will love – favourites in our home are black bean burritos, homemade pizzas, and chickpea potato curry.

5. Be Lazy

One of the biggest challenges making change last is that we have to form new habits. The best way to do this is to make it easier for you to do the new thing than the old. Embrace being lazy, and don’t overcomplicate things.

Using the cleaning tip from this post as an example, stock up on healthier cleaning products before you run out of your current ones. Figure out what you’re going to use (you can ask in the Green Product Forum for recommendations), and have the replacement on-hand for when your old stuff runs out.

It takes a little up-front effort but putting simple systems in place to make the healthier, greener changes easier than your old habits will go a long way to helping you stick with your goals (which you figured out in tip #1, remember?).

I hope this helps set you up to take action towards a healthier, greener home this Earth Day and every day! I’d love to hear from you – comment below with what step you’re going to take! Share on Instagram and tag @leagueofmoms and @emma_greenathome so we can cheer you on.

Earth Day tips for making your home more green
Emma Rohmann

Emma is an environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home. She helps families reduce toxins at home without overwhelm, a lifestyle overhaul, or spending a fortune. Emma is a David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach and guest lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Learn more at www.greenathome.ca.

Emma is an environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home. She helps families reduce toxins at home without overwhelm, a lifestyle overhaul, or spending a fortune. Emma is a David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach and guest lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Learn more at www.greenathome.ca.

League of Moms / 04/20/2019

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