It’s earth day every day, but April 22nd we especially honor Mother Earth by being mindful of her assets. It’s a good day to adopt new habits that help our environment be a healthy one. We’ve put together a few simple suggestions that just make good sense.
By adding an aerator to your faucet you will use half as much water. Simple to install and can be one of the most effective water-conservation methods you can take. The cost is anywhere from $1-5. Win.Win.
Volatile organic compounds…toxins in paints and finishes that are released in the environment. Paint products can have a significant impact on pollution levels. Low VOC paint has less odor, dries quickly, provides good coverage, and are available in a variety of colors with durable finishes. When buying paint, look for ones that are labeled “non-toxic” or “natural.” Check the label to ensure they contain no extra solvents or additives. Also look for 5g/L or less VOCs. Sherwin-Williams offers products that have achieved Greenguard Gold certification, proven to meet the toughest emissions standards.
Donate items from a renovation or makeover. Habitat for Humanity offers a pick-up service and has a great retail store called ReStore. This vanity could have a great new look with a fresh color palette and hardware. They take appliances, building materials, cabinets and used furniture. The money raised by the ReStore helps families build a decent and affordable place to call home.
Resource companies that offer choices made with undyed organic cotton and natural fibers for your home. Sensitivity goes beyond the fibers that touch us, to the hands that touch these products. Farming and mindful manufacturing are as much about sustainability and improving the life of those partners around the world delivering them. These towels are lightweight Turkish bath towels from Coyuchi, a company committed to producing sustainable, minimally processed and BEAUTIFUL products. “Kiko” the retriever in the featured image is nestled in organic sheets from there.
Happy Earth Day as we consider a couple ways to make our footprint a meaningful one. —Love life at home
Many thanks to all who inspired the content and images in this post: Jeff Herr Photography, Restore, Coyuchi, Wat.ki, and PCI