This article is a complete list of ideas to make your home eco-friendly. And probably the best all-in-one green living guide you can find on the internet.
More interestingly, all the 101 ways are proven methods that actually work. You’ll see a significant change in your lifestyle after applying all the changes (slowly and steadily), and it will be greener and more sustainable than ever.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
I’ve categorized 101 ideas into six main categories so that you can easily apply all the following actionable steps starting from your kitchen to your organic garden.
Before anything else, we will first look into our kitchen and make it eco-friendly. Why?
- Almost 33% of the consumer foods we produce are either lost or wasted. And wasted foods contribute to a carbon footprint of nearly 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent every year, according to FAO.
- According to Yale Environment Review, our kitchen accounts for nearly 20% of our total consumer energy consumption.
- A healthy and sustainable kitchen can keep you healthy and save you money in the long term.
For these obvious reasons, we’ll start exploring our first 24 ideas to make the kitchen eco-friendly, which will be the first step in building an eco-friendly home.
1. Use a wooden or steel cutlery set
I’ll always say no to plastic-made cutlery sets. A steel or wooden cutlery set can be a better way to go. Steel cutlery sets are often long-lasting, which can justify your initial investment. But on the other hand, wooden cutlery sets are biodegradable. So you can go for either of them.
2. Never buy Teflon cookware
Teflon-coated cookware is easy to fry foods because of its non-stick properties. But, manufacturing these cookwares releases toxic chemicals and fumes (PFAS) into the environment. That’s why I would always recommend eco-friendly alternatives other than Teflon-coated cookware.
Know more about the eco-friendliness of non-stick cookware in this article.
3. Use a Carbon steel frying pan
I know, now you are looking for eco-friendly frying pans! Carbon steel frying pans can be an excellent alternative to Teflon pans. Also, these pans are long-lasting and non-toxic to human health.
4. Try cast carbon cookware instead of toxic cookware
Cast carbon cookware is another eco-friendly option for cooking. Although the price of these cookwares can be pretty high, you’ll be proud of the investment you make to buy these.
5. Avoid aluminum cooking foil
When we cook inside aluminum foil, it can increase the amount of aluminum in the food. Although that amount is not harmful to human health, avoiding toxic aluminum exposure in food is always good.
6. Have an all-in-one Stainless steel cookware set
You can buy an all-in-one stainless steel cookware set, which can be more cost-friendly than the other two options mentioned above. And also, stainless steel is completely non-toxic and made of earthly elements.
7. Change the aluminum bowl with a ceramic bowl
Do you have aluminum bowls at home? Maybe next time when you are going to buy a new bowl, consider a ceramic bowl. Aluminum is reactive to many everyday food items, especially which are acidic. Better, we can use ceramic bowls entirely made of earthy materials.
8. Use glass containers instead of plastic ones
Generally, you can recycle glass items unlimited times. Also, they are suitable for reuse. And you just need to clean them up, and they are ready to reuse. The best thing about glass is that it’s made of earthly elements (silica) and is non-reactive to most known food chemicals we use daily.
9. Avoid plastic measuring cups
If you want to buy measuring cups, always avoid plastic ones. Plastic ones are cheap, but as we know, they are never eco-friendly. Instead, go for stainless steel measuring cups.
10. Use sustainable, biodegradable cutting boards
Cutting boards are essential equipment in our kitchens. From making salads to cutting vegetables, we always need a cutting board to get the support beneath the ingredients. Make sure to get wooden ones, they will last longer, and most importantly, wooden ones are biodegradable.
11. Avoid plastic graters
Do you use graters in your kitchen? Probably yes! I remember we used to have a plastic grater five years back. But the problem with that grater was that it was neither durable nor eco-friendly. So we changed it to a steel grater, which we still use today. And as we know, in terms of eco-friendliness, steel is way ahead of plastics.
12. Choose an eco-friendly blender
I have researched a lot to find plastic-less blenders for the kitchen. But unfortunately, all popular brands use plastic to make their body. However, we can always go for an energy-efficient blender. Plus, ensure the blades are sharp enough and use the right one for the right purpose. If the blades are not in proper shape, your blender can take more time to blend the ingredients.
13. Always consider using a pressure cooker
Practically pressure cookers are the best eco-friendly cookware in our kitchens. Not only it saves our energy bill, but also it saves our time.
14. Use a glass/stainless steel lid to cook fast
If you do not have pressure cookware at home, don’t worry. You can use a glass or stainless steel lid on your cookware to help you cook fast. Just make sure you do not use plastic covers.
15. Turn off the kitchen tap when not in use
Never forget to turn off the tap on your kitchen sink. According to a study by sinks.co.uk, we waste almost 33% of the water that we use in the kitchen.
16. Use a water flow restrictor to save water
To save water in the kitchen, I have another idea. Attach a water flow restrictor inside the tap. It can save you gallons of water. Especially when we wash dishes, we have no idea how much water we use. In such cases, water flow restrictors can do a water-saving job for us.
17. Make sure to get an energy-efficient kitchen chimney
A kitchen chimney is an essential kitchen appliance. But generally, kitchen chimneys have a power consumption of 150 watts, which can be a lot if you have a big family and cook for a long time. So when buying a chimney, make sure it’s energy efficient. Also, less wattage does not mean more efficiency. High wattage can indicate better performance most of the time. But we can call it energy efficient when it can perform well even using less energy.
18. It’s better to shop for food essentials from a local shop
Supporting local shops and farmers can be a great way to shop for food essentials sustainably. When you order items from another city or state, it will definitely use more fuel and transportation resources.
19. Consider cooking seasonal vegetables
Seasonal vegetables and fruits need little to no processing as they are readily available in your local area. In contrast, non-seasonal items need cold storage and other processing methods to stay fresh. So seasonal vegetables are undoubtedly more sustainable and even healthier for you.
20. Cook healthy foods
You might wonder how it is relevant in making an eco-friendly home! But let me tell you, your health is the most important thing. And keeping it healthy should be the first step to making your home sustainable. If you cook and eat healthy foods, you can save tons of money because of your healthy body.
21. Avoid packaged foods
If you get healthy raw alternatives to any packaged food items, always go for them. In the process of packaging, manufacturers use lots of energy and release toxic materials into the environment. Also, most of the packaging is made of plastic.
22. Do not waste foods
Always ensure you cook what you can eat. Wasting food is not only a waste of valuable resources; you also use more energy to cook them and even more energy to process the food waste.
23. Trying banana leaves is better than aluminum foil
As I mentioned earlier, we should avoid using aluminum foils. But what can we use instead? Banana leaves can be a great eco-friendly alternative to that. First, you can wrap your food items inside the banana leaf. And then, use a string to bind the leaf tightly. Once your cooking is done, you can take out the food item and place the banana leaves in a compost pile.
24. Use eco-friendly materials to design your kitchen
Last, you should consider eco-friendly materials in designing the kitchen, and wooden designs are always more sustainable than anything else. Also, you can only buy energy-efficient electrical appliances for your kitchen.
To get a detailed perspective on making an eco-friendly kitchen, you can check out our other post on 31+ ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly.
Eco-friendly living room
After maintaining the kitchen, our living room should be the next focus. Let’s check out some actionable plans.
25. Consider a biodegradable bamboo coffee table
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials we can use to decorate our living rooms. You can make a bamboo coffee table with a glass sheet in three steps.
- First, you have to find bamboo with the required diameters. You must make the table legs strong, so choose the size consciously.
- Next, make four legs of the same length. And also four cross pieces; here, you can select the size depending on how you want to shape the table. Once the structure is ready, you can bind or attach the cross pieces with the four legs.
- Finally, you can put a glass sheet on top of the frame. For a final touch, you can use sandpaper to polish the bamboo frame, especially the bottom standing part. To go beyond, you can use wood paints to color the structure.
26. Make chairs with bamboo or recycled woods
Making a bamboo chair is straightforward, like our bamboo coffee table; all you need is bamboo of the right size and a solid recycled wooden base for the seat. Also, you must bind the frames tightly and make them strong enough to withstand heavy weights. Well, you got this! Your eco-friendly chair is ready now.
27. Make big windows to get natural light
If you are constructing or re-constructing your living rooms, ensure the windows are big and open to daylight. I see many people use artificial lights even during the daytime. And that’s primarily because of their small windows or neighboring buildings. Unfortunately, we can not do anything about our neighbors, but we can make our windows big enough to get more natural light.
28. Buy a sofa with vegan fabric and biodegradable structures
Biodegradable structures are easy to make. As we discussed, bamboo as a structural material can be eco-friendly and biodegradable. Also, you can consider other wood types that are readily available. My only advice would be to avoid rare species. For the fabric and cushion, make sure to use vegan material. And I believe there are many options, like wood fabric, cotton, hemp, etc., which we can consider to make the fabric and cushion part.
29. Refurbish old wooden furniture
Refurbishing old furniture to give it a new look can be cost and energy efficient. You can even book an appointment with a carpenter to remodel your home furniture.
30. Media stand with recycled wood or any non-plastic materials
Do you need a media stand for your tv and sound bar? Use recycled wood or glass materials to build it.
31. Go for attractive eco-friendly flooring
Bamboo flooring is the most eco-friendly option with its organic look. You might wonder why I have been talking about bamboo a lot. Well, bamboo is a type of grass that grows fast without plantation or much care.
32. Replace old CFL bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights
If you have old CFL bulbs, I am sorry, you are still living in 2000. Try to replace all those CFLs with LED bulbs, which are much more energy efficient and cost-friendly in the long term. According to our experiment, LED bulbs are 3x more efficient than CFLs.
33. Make living room decor enjoyable with recycled materials
If you love arts and crafts, you may like to decorate your living room with old paper, glass, and plastic materials that you already brought in home.
34. Use eco-friendly curtains with natural fabric
Curtains are necessary for windows, and it helps you adjust the light you want in your living room. Even if you are from a cold region, I suggest not using woolen curtains. Better, you can use cotton curtains of multiple layers.
35. Avoid plastic-made dining table
Most probably, you already have a dining table made of eco-friendly materials like readily available wood or glass. Then a huge congratulations to you. But, if you need a brand new dining table, just avoid buying a plastic one.
36. Use glass-made bowls and plates for eating
Always avoid plastic bowls and plates. Instead, go for glass-made ones.
37. Try banana leaves instead of one-time plates
This might sound new to you but in India, eating on Banana leaves is a popular tradition. Those one-time plates have non-ecofriendly materials like plastic. In contrast, after eating, you can put banana leaves into your compost pile.
38. Use a solar air heater to heat the space in winter
You might be using a room heater heavily during winter if you are from a colder region. And the traditional ones are fueled by natural gas, one of the fossil fuels. Not just the cost, but also they are responsible for pollution. So my advice would be to use a solar air heater at home. This device is entirely eco-friendly and needs little to no maintenance.
39. Decorate under stairs with recycled wooden strips
If you have stairs inside your home, you should use that understairs space to store things. But for that, you need to decorate it. And that can be costly, plus using lots of resources. So, one idea can be to use recycled wooden strips to make the whole structure. Or you can transform old wooden furniture into your understairs decoration.
40. Design wall mount with recycled wooden strips
Using wooden strips, you can make many more things. For example, you can design a wall mount to put decorative items or photo frames.
41. Do a regular maintenance check on the essential things
The last but most critical point is a regular maintenance check to measure the efficiency of all the equipment you use in your living room. Maintaining things can make them more durable, and it is particularly beneficial if you live in a dusty and windy climate.
Our bedroom is also one of the most commonly used places, along with the living room. And for a small house, a bedroom can be an overly used space. So it becomes really important to make it eco-friendly!
42. Use recycled wood or steel for the bed frame
A bed is a primary necessity and also the main attraction of your bedroom. But what if I tell you it’s possible to build it using recycled wood or steel? You can visit a bed manufacturer and ask them to make a bed for you with recycled materials. Recently, I upgraded one bed with old wood strips and plywood. After exterior decoration, everyone says it’s a new bed.
43. Put a sustainably made mattress on the bed
While buying a mattress, we need to check the following things.
- The foam should not be a petroleum product. Instead, we can go for the natural ones derived from natural latex.
- Also, we should go for sustainable fabric made of natural cotton.
- Finally, ensure your mattress is bound using threads but not glue.
You can happily go for that mattress if all these points are checked.
44. Use pillows made of eco-friendly fabric and cotton
For your pillow, you can use natural cotton inside (directly obtained from trees like Kapok: Ceiba pentandra) and cotton fabric for the cover. Nowadays, you’ll see only foam pillows available in the market. But unless it’s explicitly written somewhere, most of the time, those foams are petroleum products.
45. Put bamboo-made carpet on the floor
Bamboo is an excellent material for making rigid structures like tables and chairs. But with proper work, you can also make things like carpets. On Amazon, you can search for Bamboo floor mats and find a variety of designs.
46. Turn off lights when you are not in the bedroom
When not in the bedroom, I think most of us always keep a five-watt bulb turned on. Maybe when we return to our bedroom, that small light helps navigate us. But, for that, we can even use our smartphones, right? So in my experience, turning off all the lights can be a wiser decision to save more energy.
47. Air purifier indoor plants
Put some air purifier indoor plants. There is a myth that at night, as trees release CO2, indoor trees might be harmful to our health. But that is not a practical statement. Indoor plants do not take away your oxygen at night and are completely safe to keep indoors. Instead, see the benefits you can get from them during the daytime! Here are my top choices for indoor plants.
- Devil’s ivy
- Snake plant
- English ivy
- Parlor palm
- Peace lily
48. Install sustainable window frame
Aluminum frames are the most popular ones because of their lightweight yet durable structure. I would say they are okay to use as long as we (recycling centers/manufacturers) recycle those frames to make new ones. Wooden frames are the top choices if you want to go for more organic and sustainable options. But again, it depends on what type of windows you have. Generally, slider windows have aluminum frames.
49. Go for glass or wooden windows
Glass or wooden windows are always eco-friendly options. First, glass can be recycled unlimited times, and wood is also naturally an organic substance.
50. Choose a bedroom in the right direction depending on the regional climate
If you live with your family, making all the bedrooms in the right direction is impossible. But if possible, then make sure to keep them in a particular direction from where you can get windy air and enough natural light. Proper planning can save tons of money. For example, we get southern wind every summer as we have a sea in the south. And my bedroom is south-facing, so even at 35 degrees Celsius, I do not have to use an air conditioner.
51. Having one shared bathroom is more sustainable
This is very practical. You’ll have fewer water leakages and waste if you have one shared bathroom. But I understand this can not be possible with a big family.
52. Sleep enough
Okay, so the last tip for making an eco-friendly bedroom is to sleep enough. This may sound weird. You probably are thinking, how can sleep help with eco-friendliness? Sleep can contribute to good health. And your overall good health can save you tons of resources and money. You may not feel its impact in the short term, but you’ll see its sound compound effects in the long term.
Our next target is making out bathroom space eco-friendly. If you notice, our bathroom can generate a lot of non-biodegradable waste, such as soap cases, used brushes, plastic containers, etc. And with the following tips, we can ensure to keep our bathroom sustainable.
53. Use toilet paper made of bamboo fabric
Bamboo is highly renewable as it grows super fast almost anywhere. That’s why toilet paper made of bamboo fabric is way better than regular toilet paper.
54. Buy soaps with natural and organic ingredients
Use soaps with natural ingredients like essential oils, vegetable glycerine, lemon, orange, etc. They are eco-friendly and also non-toxic for your body.
55. Clean toilets with eco-friendly cleaning material
You can make eco-friendly toilet cleaner at home with baking soda, cleaning soda, vinegar, essential oils, and citric acid (lime or lemon).
56. Use eco-friendly cleaning brushes made of bamboo
A brush is an essential tool to clean your toilet. But mostly, we see plastic brushes in the market, which come with a plastic body. That’s why finding an eco-friendly option should be a great idea here. And bamboo-made brushes can solve that problem. The best part is these bamboo brushes come with a wooden body.
57. Buy bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones
Bamboo is not only good for toilet brushes, but also it can be a sustainable material for making toothbrushes. You can buy bamboo toothbrushes directly from Amazon.
58. Make sure to buy hand soap in eco-friendly containers
Almost all hand soap companies use plastic containers, so avoiding them is tough. So, I would suggest you buy hand soap in reusable containers.
59. Make your soap at home
You can easily make soaps at home with essential oils, lemons, vegetable glycerine, and salts. Here you can learn more about how to make dish soap at home step by step.
60. Use old glass containers to store homemade soap
Now as your homemade soap is ready, you need to store them. You can reuse old hand soap containers if it’s liquid soap. And if it’s bar soap, you can reuse glass or stainless steel bar soap containers to keep it.
61. Fix any water leakages inside the bathroom
According to Environmental Protection Agency, at the rate of 1 drip/second, a faucet leak can waste more than 3000 gallons of water in a year. So hurry and fix any water leakages you see in your bathroom. And don’t forget to store the leaked water until the plumber arrives.
62. Turn off the water tap always
Ensure all the water taps are locked when coming out of the bathroom.
63. Use water saving shower head
By choosing the proper shape of the shower head, you can save water while taking a shower. Try to go for a highly efficient low-flow showerhead.
64. Channelise wash basin water in the toilet flush
If you can not implement this yourself, I suggest explaining your ideas to the plumber. They can channel your washbasin wastewater into the toilet flush. But make sure you have a waste restrictor in your basin. Also, do not connect your kitchen sink to the toilet flush cause your kitchen sink has a higher possibility of channeling solid waste.
65. Try to wash clothes in bulk
Collect all the clothes that you need to wash, and wash them all at the same time. It will save gallons of water for you.
66. Do not use a plastic-made toothbrush holder
Do you have a plastic made toothbrush holder? Well, keep it as long as you can. But next time, buy a glass-made holder.
67. Use a toilet plunger with a natural rubber head
A Toilet plunger is a helpful tool to clear blockages in toilets and pipes. But make sure it has a rubber head made of natural latex.
68. Consider rubber gloves instead of plastic gloves
You can not use plastic gloves twice, but rubber gloves are reusable. Also, rubber gloves are eco-friendlier than those thin plastic gloves.
69. Install bathroom sink made of earthly materials
There are various types of bathroom sinks you can find in the market. But the most sustainable materials can be glass, ceramic, and stainless steel. Also, I would recommend avoiding composite sinks altogether cause composites are not sustainably made.
70. Keep plastic frameless mirrors
Who doesn’t love to have a mirror in their bathroom? Everyone does. That’s why ensuring we only buy sustainable mirrors is essential. Well, with the glass part, we should not have any issues. But the frames that we need to look out for. Make sure you are considering frameless mirrors.
71. Clean up waste basket properly
Generally, we do not need to separate wastes depending on their types, and we can pass the trash to a local waste collector vehicle. And also, most of the time, there are little to no bathroom wastes that you can add to the compost piles. So I believe it’s always better to dispose of all bathroom trash.
72. Consider eco-friendly towels
We have two options.
- Microfiber towels
- cotton towels
Now microfiber towels are made of synthetic fiber, so they may not be that eco-friendly and are not biodegradable. But the good part is that they are durable and we can use them for years. Also, they are reusable, and many manufacturers make the fabric using recycled materials.
And cotton towels are by nature eco-friendly. But the only problem is you may not use these towels for years.
73. Use shampoo made of natural ingredients
Go for a shampoo with natural ingredients. These are both eco-friendly and good for your scalp and hair. Also, check out if the shampoo comes with an eco-friendly container.
74. Use solar water heater for hot water bath
A hot water bath is a must every day if you are from a colder region. Especially in winter, we can not think of bathing without hot water. But the problem is the amount of energy consumption in making hot water. That’s why one idea can be to use a solar water heater to heat the water without burning electricity.
Saving energy at home
I believe this is the most crucial section in making our home eco-friendly. If we can take care of our energy usage, it will not only make our home eco-friendly but also can save us money in the long term. In this section, we’ll discuss some proven steps to reduce energy bills drastically to make our home eco-friendly.
75. Unplug the charger when not charging
Technically, the charging circuit is not complete when you don’t have a device connected. So there should be any electricity loss. However, in actual conditions, there are many possibilities for electricity consumption because of the charger’s inner circuit. But the good thing is that the consumption amount is negligible. Still, by unplugging the charger, you can avoid such unnecessary consumption.
76. Simpler electric wiring is more energy efficient
When working on the electric wiring in your home, try to keep it simple and do not make too many plugging points, double bed switches, etc. Of course, unless you really need it. For a disabled person, a bed switch should be a must consideration.
77. Install a PV system if it’s cost-effective for you
The initial investment for a PV system can be huge, and it can take 5-7 years to recover that investment. But, in the long term, it can be an excellent investment for you and your environment.
78. Consider various applications of solar collectors
We can harness solar energy in multiple ways, and one of the ways is using solar collectors. Solar collectors are easy to install and long-lasting because of their simple heat transfer physics. Some popular applications are solar water heaters, solar air heaters, solar pool heating systems, etc.
79. Switch off appliances at home when not in use
We often forget to switch off appliances when we are not using them. But just by being more mindful of these things, we can save our electricity bills and make our home greener. If you have kids in your home, you can teach them why switching off appliances like lights, fans, etc., is essential to build these good habits from childhood.
80. Use an energy-saving refrigerator
Nowadays, all refrigerators have energy star ratings, and a higher star rating indicates higher energy efficiency. So try to use a higher-rated refrigerator to save more energy at home.
Also, the size of your refrigerator is another critical factor. Try to buy the correct size according to your consumption and how many things you need to store. Unnecessarily large refrigerators will waste your energy bills.
81. Dry clothes in the air instead of using a dryer
Unless you are missing a flight, always try to dry clothes in the air. Sometimes, it’s about how we build our habits. If you have been using a dryer for years, it can be challenging to give up on it. But, as I said, it’s a habit, so you can try to change these little things slowly over time to see positive results in making your home greener than ever.
82. Turn on energy-saving modes on your electric appliances
Try to find out if your machine has energy-saving modes or not. Usually, energy-saving modes are extremely helpful in saving energy. They are engineered and optimized in a way that they can get your work done with the minimum requirements only.
83. Make sure to close the doors when the air conditioner is on
Closing doors can make your air conditioner more efficient by trapping the cold air inside your room. Otherwise, it will take longer to cool down your room, which means your ac will use more energy.
84. Track your daily energy usage
Keep a notebook or energy tracker to track daily usage. Once you know the trend, you can slowly make adjustments to save energy. Here I have a free book on how to reduce energy bills at home, and also it has a tracking sheet for your monthly usage. Take that guide today and keep tracking your usage.
85. Consider cold water for laundry
Hot water is not always necessary for laundry unless you have strong dirt to remove. So don’t use hot water for laundry if you want to save energy.
86. If possible, avoid using air conditioners
In humid regions, it is impossible to live without air conditioners. But, if you have gone through the eco-friendly living and bedroom sections, you can find some ideas to avoid using air conditioners.
87. Make sure your home is getting enough natural light during daytime
As we discussed earlier, if your room gets more natural light, you can save tons of energy by not using lights during the daytime.
88. Turn off the porch light in time
If you have porch lights just outside your home, always turn those lights off before sleeping. You can even set the alarm, so you do not forget.
89. Install roof and wall insulation
Roof and wall insulation can be another way to save your energy bill and make the home eco-friendly. Insulation can minimize the heat exchange with surroundings, and that’s why in winter, you can keep your room warmer for a long time.
90. Replace cooking appliances with electric ones if you are using solar
Unless you are using solar power, you do not need to go for an electric cookware set. In that case, I would suggest comparing the cost and then going for the cheaper option cause both are using fossil fuels.
Organic gardening and planting
Organic gardening will be our last step in making our eco-friendly home.
91. Prepare the right soil ingredients and composition
Preparing soil for your garden should be the first thing you need to do. I assume this is your first time as a gardener, so I’ll try to break it down into a few easy-to-go steps.
- Step 1 – Find a suitable space: If you have a backyard, ensure that the area gets enough sunlight and natural wind. Next, you can try to set up a water pipeline to get easy access to water.
- Step 2 – Warm up the soil: Your next step should be warming up the soil, especially if you live in a cold region. To do this, you can cover the area with transparent plastic. And that will work like a greenhouse.
- Step 3 – Loosen up the soil: Once your soil is warm and dry, you have to loosen it so it can trap moisture from the air.
- Step 4 – Clean the soil: Check out if the soil has rocks and other weeds. It would be better to clean them up. Especially here, your primary goal is for your plants to get the most nutrients out of it.
- Step 5 – Add organic nutrients: It depends a lot on your location. The composition of different minerals must be different in different climates and regions. That’s why adding adequate nutrients becomes necessary to grow your plants. And for that, organic compost can be the most efficient and eco-friendly way to start with.
92. Plant your favorite plants in gardens
As you are just starting with your Organic garden journey, first, I would only suggest you plant your favorite plants only. Initially, this will help you to get a practical understanding of how things work. And also, as a reward, you will be pleased to see your favorite plants growing under your garden work.
93. Water your plants regularly
The next step is watering your plant regularly. Here two eco-friendly solutions can be:
- If you get frequent rainfall in your location, you can harvest the rainwater for future use.
- Make sure you have a water flow restrictor head just like a shower head. That will evenly distribute and save water.
94. Observe their growth
Observe how your plants are growing. During their growth phase, you will learn a lot. Sometimes, some plants may not grow as expected, but that will give you an understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
95. Making a greenhouse for your garden
Making a greenhouse can be a game-changer if you live in a cold climate. And this is extremely simple to make. You just need to cover up your garden area with a transparent material like glass but make sure to open up one or two sides to have air circulation.
96. Prepare organic compost pile
As I mentioned earlier, composting is necessary for organic gardening. But also, we need to make sure the compost pile is organic and doesn’t have any artificial chemicals. An organic compost pile can be the most eco-friendly way to add nutrients to your garden soil. You can also visit the nearby waste management center to get more.
97. Use green (biodegradable) kitchen waste in a compost pile
Do you have green kitchen waste? Use them in your compost pile right away! Green vegetable and food wastes can be a great source of Nitrogen in your soil.
98. Use papers and other wood/bamboo wastes in a compost pile
Any brown parts can contribute to carbon in your garden soil. But make sure they are not any big wood strips, and sawdust can take less time to decompose.
99. Plant some vegetable and fruit plants
Slowly you can start growing vegetables and fruit plants as you are now well versed with what works and what doesn’t.
100. Scale up your garden
Next, you can expand the gardening area or add some vertical steps to plant more trees in your garden.
101. Try to plant seasonal and regional vegetable plants
If you try to plant seasonal vegetable plants, they will grow faster and will require less effort to grow them. Try to know your local area and research what types of vegetables are common in your region.Conclusion
These were the top 101 ways to make your home eco-friendly. You do not have to implement them all at once. Try them out one by one, and see the progress. If you find these tips helpful, feel free to share this article without friends and family. And do not forget to sign up for our newsletter to stay in contact.
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