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There’s no doubt that sustainable living is becoming increasingly popular and luckily, there are countless ways we can do our part to live more ecofriendly at home. Big ticket items like solar panels and sustainable architecture are big ways to make a difference, but there are budget friendly ways to get involved, too.

Go reusable

A simple way to start living more sustainably at home is swapping disposable for reusable. Introducing everyday items like reusable containers, shopping bags, straws and coffee cups might have a cost outlay to begin with, but will be more cost effective, and better for the environment in the long run. Then, all you need to do is get in the habit of using them.


Plastic wrap is one of the most commonly used single use plastics at home. While it might keep your sandwich fresh, it can have a huge impact on the environment. Fortunately, it’s one that’s can be replaced with a range of sustainable solutions, including the popular option – beeswax wraps. They’re a washable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap and can last up to 12 months. They’re also easy to source, and in the process, you can support a small business by finding them at your local market, or online. Alternatively, a quick online search will find a range of online tutorials if you’re keen to DIY.

Upgrade your lights

Energy efficient light globes are another way to switch to sustainable living at home. Whilst they’ve been around for a while now, they’ve become increasingly popular recently, and it’s clear why. Energy efficient light globes may be more expensive in the beginning, but they are longer lasting than traditional light globes and use significantly less energy, helping reduce your electricity bill.

Compost your food waste

While composting might appear to be the least glamorous sustainable option, it’s low cost, easy for the whole family, and has ongoing benefits. To get started, you’ll need a compost bin. There are low cost options (under $100) at most local hardware stores, but be sure to check with your local council as some offer free compost bins, or a rebate program. Then it’s as simple as adding in your food waste and kitchen scraps and waiting for it to compost. The bonus is you’ll eventually have compost for your garden, further saving you money.

Clean green

Many don’t know that the products we’re using to kill germs, are also harmful for the environment. When cleaning products go down the drain, they enter the water supply to be treated, which then takes more energy to purify. Using natural products can help simplify this process, and it’s easy to do by swapping everyday surface sprays for a mix of bicarb soda and vinegar, and using steam as a way to disinfect and clean fabrics.

So, no matter your budget, there are simple ways you can live more sustainably at home. 

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