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From holes in the ozone layer to islands of plastic waste floating in the ocean, we are all keenly aware of the impact that we have on the planet. And while businesses, activists, and world leaders are campaigning to make positive changes to the way we treat the earth, there are certain easy changes you can make at home to be more eco-friendly and make your house a more sustainable place. Here are 7 tips on how to make your abode into an eco-friendly place.

1.Use reusable items whenever possible

From washable cloths for cleaning up, to reusable grocery bags, trying to reduce your reliance on one-use products will make a change for the better in sustainability. Plus, you will be able to save money on re-purchasing the same one-use items in favor of a washable and reusable alternative.

Similar to reusable bags and cleaning items, try not to depend on paper or plastic cutlery, plates, and bowls. The occasional birthday party with paper plates is certainly not going to be the end of the Amazon rainforest but avoid consistent usage of food items that cannot be washed or reused. Using cloth napkins in place of paper towels or paper napkins is a great example of an eco-friendly workaround! 

2. Use homemade cleaning products

Instead of relying on store-bought cleaning supplies, why not try your hand at making your own? Creating your own cleaning products is easy and safe, and while it saves you money it also saves the environment from harmful chemicals. Homemade cleaning supplies can work just as effectively as store-bought, and you can whip up cleaners and disinfectants in no time.

3. Set up recycling bins and compost bin

Having your own convenient recycling station is essential in saving on plastic waste. Instead of lumping all the products into one bin, do yourself a favor and have receptacles for bottles, plastics, cardboard, and other recycling components.

And in order to save on your kitchen waste, turn your veggie scraps into homemade mulch with a compost bin—either a small household one or a larger unit installed into your garden.

4. Add plants and fresh herbs

Instead of relying on decorating your house with ornaments and knick-knacks, decorate with plants that will recycle air for you and make your space a greener, cleaner and happier place. Plants like Ficus or Dracaena are great options for turning Co2 into fresh oxygen and are relatively simple to take care of, as seen in this guide to houseplant care.

In the kitchen or dining space, try growing pots of fresh herbs to add to your cooking and to give a great aroma to the area. If you have outside space, why not pot up some carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce to give yourself some fresh produce for culinary adventures!

5. Utilize your appliances’ space

If you are going to run a load of laundry or send the dishes through the dishwasher, make sure to maximize the load. Typically, the water and energy used to wash a half-load is about the same as that for a full load, so you might as well take advantage. Wait to run the laundry or dishwashers until you have enough to fill the load, that way the full cycle isn’t being wasted on a couple of jumpers or a few plates!

6. Adopt green plumbing

One of the best ways to optimize your home to become more sustainable is to invest in green plumbing. This consists of changing your water facilities to more eco-friendly options, including low-flow, dual-flush toilets, or low-flow showerheads.  Polymer-based materials offer a far more reliable option with less leaky pipes and taps designed to have less water wastage.

Green plumbing is an important way to change your home into a sustainable haven, saving water and money with every flush. This guide to green plumbing is a great place to begi