Moving home often means a fresh start – providing the ideal opportunity to make sure your new abode is eco-friendly from day one!
From the kitchen to the bathroom (and all the rooms in between) there are many eco-friendly products that can help you live more sustainably in your new home. Here are our ten must-have eco items.
1. Countertop compost bin
When it comes to eco-friendly kitchen essentials, a countertop bin for food waste is not only convenient but sustainable too, allowing you to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
This reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and provides a natural fertiliser for your plants. You can also keep the countertop squeaky-clean with Bower's All-Purpose Sanitiser Spray and Reusable Eco Cleaning Cloths.
2. Reusable bags
Reusable bags have fast become a household essential, replacing wasteful plastic bags and keeping clutter to a minimum. These handy bags can be used for all sorts of chores from carrying weekly groceries, storing produce in your kitchen or stashing away household knick-knacks.
Made from biodegrable materials such as 100% cotton, the best reusable bags are easy to use over and over again. They're washable, durable and can be neatly folded away. Check out Bower's Fairtrade Organic Drawstring Bag, Helen Round's Reusable Bread Bag and Dan Le Sac's Reusable Bag.
3. Energy Star-rated appliances
With manufacturers pulling the plug on traditional electricity-guzzling white goods, there’s now more choice than ever when it comes to energy-efficient washing machines, fridge-freezers, dishwashers and more. This helps you save on the energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Bamboo utensils
Bamboo is a sustainable material that grows quickly without the need for pesticides or fertilisers. It’s also the perfect material to replace plastic in your home.
5. Reusable dispensers and refill packs
One easy way to banish plastic waste in your home is to use refill pouches for your everyday essentials such as shampoo and conditioner, washing liquid, laundry liquid and fabric conditioner, hand wash… and so much more!
Reusable containers like Bower’s own pump dispensers are also ideal for making sure you get exactly the amount you need with not a drop wasted.
6. Water-saving eco showerhead
A low-flow showerhead uses less water than traditional models without sacrificing pressure or performance.
7. Organic cotton towels
Choosing organic cotton rather than conventional cotton is the smarter sustainable choice. This is because the farming and production of non-organic cotton uses pesticides as well as more water.
8. Eco-friendly cleaning products
It's a well-known fact that many traditional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment. Choosing eco-friendly cleaning products made with natural ingredients are not only better for the planet, but they're more pleasant to use in your home too .
9. Bamboo toilet roll
Sustainable bamboo loo roll is a great replacement for traditional toilet paper. Not only is it stronger, but it's free from nasties including fertilisers, pesticides and BPA. It also feels great, and is soft and gentle for all the family.
10. Smart thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat is a great move if you want to keep your energy bills more manageable. These gadgets learn your habit and adjust accordingly, ensuring you're not wasting energy and heating (or cooling) your home when you're not there.
Make your new home an eco home!
By incorporating these ten eco-friendly must-haves into your new home, you'll be well on your way to living a more sustainable lifestyle. Start by making small changes, such as switching to reusable produce bags or installing a low-flow showerhead, to significantly reduce your environmental impact.