5 Easy Tips for a Greener Home

I’ve been thinking a lot about being greener over the last few weeks, since I’ve also started editing iVillage’s Green Channel. That’s one reason why these tips from Alison Shoemaker, owner of Alison Designs, seemed both timely and useful. Check out Allison’s tips for greening your home or office.

  • Pitcher This. Keep a water pitcher near a faucet to conserve water when running the tap. Choose a pretty decorative glass or ceramic pitcher to add a personal design touch to the space, the same way a beautiful vase does in another room. Save the water in the pitcher for future use, such as watering house plants.
  • Two in Every Room. Place an ornate waste basket in every room for recycling biodegradable items and another for non-biodegradable matter. The baskets can either be uniform or different in style. The key is to focus on getting creative with everyday household items, while helping to save the environment.
  • The Zen of the Shoe Basket. Establish an area near the front entry where people can take their shoes off. Approximately 85% of dust, allergens and chemicals in the home are from shoe traffic. For a clean entry look, place the shoes in a low woven square basket with a lid. Maintaining a shoe-free space will prolong the flooring and also control the pollutants in the home.
  • Rolling in Bamboo Sheets. Bamboo bedroom sheets are temperature controlling. This means they keep you cool when you are warm and warm when you are cool, allowing you to save on energy costs. Bamboo is one of the softest fabrics in the world and offers a drape-like silk look. It comes from a rapidly renewable resource and does not require pesticides to grow.
  • Get Your Green Thumb On. Adding house plants to the home naturally cleanses the air of indoor toxins, while providing a green aesthetic look. House plants, such as Lady Palm, Peace Lily, and English Ivy, are known for their ease of growth and maintenance, removal of vapors, and resistance to insect manifestation.
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