Many of us want to live a simple life. Even high-paying celebrities like MC Hammer (know MC Hammer net worth) who can afford the luxuries of a mansion prefer the comfort of living a simple life. In this post, let’s talk about sustainable living in tiny houses (even if you can afford a bigger home like a celebrity).
We regularly show tiny houses in which sustainable living is central. That is also a lot easier in those small houses. But what if you don’t live in such a sustainable house, while you would like to live a bit more sustainably? Even then there are plenty of ways to live more consciously and we are of course happy to help you with that.
Turn the heating down one degree
This may contradict your feeling in winter, but it is good to take into account. Although a nice warm house is of course very nice, it is not really environmentally conscious to set the heating to a sauna degree as standard. It also leads to unnecessarily high heating costs.
This tip also sounds quite logical, but we all know how nice a warm shower in the morning (or in the evening) is. The disadvantage of this is that you waste a lot of unnecessary water with a long shower and that heating water is an expensive joke. In addition, you really don’t get much cleaner if you stay in the shower for a long time. In fact, it’s even worse for your skin and hair.
Tired of a piece of furniture, but is it actually still in good condition? Customize it! For example, you can give something simply a completely different look with a lick of paint or a new fabric. In addition, recycle materials and then upcycle them.
Are you really tired of a piece of furniture and do you not feel like making something else out of it? Then don’t immediately look for something new, but first, try to look at second-hand items. Search Marktplaats for items that fit in well with your living style and browse various thrift stores. There is plenty to find beautiful and there are also plenty of people who do like your discarded furniture. So don’t just throw something away, but sell it and give it a second life.
Go for sustainable materials
Would you rather buy something new? Then go for sustainable materials. Although you may look more expensive at first glance, it is better to invest in timeless furniture than in something cheaper of lesser quality. For example, choose real wood instead of MDF. It lasts longer and also stays beautiful for longer.
Bring green into your home
Plants not only look good in your interior but are also a sustainable form of decoration. Choose strong houseplants that stay alive for a long time and that purify the air. Ideal natural air fresheners!
When it comes to lighting, things can often be just a bit more sustainable. How often do you walk out of a room and (accidentally) forget to turn off the light because there is enough daylight coming in or you simply forget? Always turn off lights when they are no longer needed and do not turn them on unnecessarily.
Reduce and separate waste
Sustainable living also includes reducing waste. Reduce waste by reducing packaging and plastic bags and reuse jars, for example by recycling them. Do you not do anything with glass jars or old milk cartons yourself? Ask your local primary school if it is of any use to them. Often schools are even shy about empty packaging for crafts and they are happy with everything they get.
Tidy up and clean
If you clean up regularly, you will achieve more than if you save all the chores. Get rid of what you don’t need and give away or recycle things you don’t use. This way you can make someone else happy again and you prevent the waste mountain from growing. For example, see if the KonMari method works for you.
Grow your own fruit and vegetables
Do you have your own garden or balcony? Then consider planting a vegetable garden. Besides the fact that this is great fun, you are also consciously working with (sustainable and unprocessed) food in this way. For example, choose to eat vegetarian or fish instead of meat a few days a week and buy certain products organic (as long as this is possible).