Change, like education, begins in the home. For those of us who are concerned with environmental issues locally or worldwide, understanding how we can make changes in our daily lives to be more environmentally sustainable
are paramount to supporting the cause in the fullest. Signing petitions and discouraging littering are two simple ways many of us do our part, but there are several other small yet meaningful steps you can take to incorporate environmental responsibility into your daily life. By changing the way you relate with nature in your home, you can lead by example for both your family and your community. Think about a few of these options:WATER Most people don’t realize that water, while a renewable resource, must be conserved to assure access for people around the world. You can do your part by checking your water system for leaky pipes
(thousands of gallons of water can be lost a year in this way!) and installing low-flush toilets, faucet aerators, or other water saving additions. You can also monitor your own usage and simply spend one minute less in the shower, make sure to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, etc. Where possible, you can even consider installing a rainwater collector or a structure to access a natural well.POWER Minimizing your family’s dependence on outside power sources
is a common concern for many of us. To begin, you can lower your carbon footprint by buying energy-efficient appliances and lightbulbs. Make sure your heating and cooling systems are functioning properly and efficiently, and look into adding more insulation to your walls, roof, or windows. If possible, invest in and utilize renewable energy generators based on wind, solar, or water power.LANDSCAPING If you own property that includes an outdoor area, an easy and attractive way to make your home more sustainable is to properly landscape
. Use your trees and foliage to provide shade to other more sensitive plants, and your home if located in a warm climate, saving on watering and heating resources. Specially-designed landscaping can be used to create natural privacy between you and your neighbors, so that you don’t have to invest in a clunky fence. Gardening edible fruits and vegetables is a wonderfully healthy way to supplement your family’s diet and save a few bucks. All of these options also give you a good reason to recycle your food waste for fertilizer through a compost heap.REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE The old mantra still holds true: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Give a hard look at the consumer items you purchase - is there any way you can cut back? If so, try buying in bulk to save on packaging or switching to products that leave limited to no non-recyclable waste. Attempt to fix or mend broken items before tossing them and replacing them - even if it doesn’t save you much money, it does cut down on excess in landfills. In fact, make sure to sort your rubbish into appropriate recycling containers so that whatever does get tossed can be re-utilized whenever possible. Don’t be afraid of used items either. Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Change begins in the home. Think about these suggestions for adding more sustainability into your home and daily life. How have you made your home more sustainable?ARCWAY INDUSTRIES: NATURAL INNOVATIONArcway Industries strives to support regional markets and utilize American made products based on the understanding that keeping it local is simply better - for us and the environment. All products and services are made in accordance with this idea, capitalizing on recyclable and reusable materials in addition to more efficient manufacturing procedures to demonstrate how small businesses can pave the way in socially and environmentally friendly practices while still providing the market with an appreciated product. tay connected with Arcway Industries on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.