Minor household changes can make a big difference to the environment. Ensure you make informed, responsible decisions when building or renovating your home, buying appliances and accessories, and consuming energy.
- Use electricity sparingly: choose energy-efficient appliances, install sound structural insulation, and switch off appliances that are not in use.
- Retro-fit environmentally friendly methods and materials in your home, such as insulating your geyser or installing a solar-powered geyser and solar panels.
- Consciously buy furniture and accessories made from environmentally friendly sources such as bamboo and wood from sustainable plantations.
- Opt for locally made handcrafted products rather than mass-produced goods that generally have a large carbon footprint and are mostly non-biodegradable.
- Choose bamboo, silk and other natural fibres for your bedlinen, blinds, towels, bathmats and curtains.
- Recycle, upcycle and reuse: heirlooms, secondhand furniture, antique porcelain, and recycled glass all reduce your carbon footprint.
This article first appeared in the Décor section of home on 6 August 2012.