The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home

Photography by: Dominick Guillemot
The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Greener Home
35.Decorate wisely. If you are going to treat yourself to an unnecessary (but oh-so-nice) extra, make it a sustainable pick.
36.Green your sheets. Cotton is the most heavily sprayed crop worldwide, contributing to the use of 55 million pounds of pesticides. So, when you need a new set of sheets, opt for organic cotton or lyocell (our new favorite fabric for sleeping). It’s an all-natural fi ber made from the cellulose found in beechwood trees, which means it’s biodegradable and naturally anti-microbial.
37.Stop wasting food. Be honest: How often do you end up tossing out food that has gone bad in your fridge or in the back of your pantry? Before a trip to the market, note what you have—and only buy what you need to make a meal of what you’ve already got.
38.Kick off your shoes before you go indoors. You’ll save your space from hundreds of germs and bacteria we drag in from the great outdoors—and have to clean your floors less often!
39.Compost. Composting food scraps and other organic materials diverts that waste from landfills, ultimately reducing the amount of methane and other gasses formed there. Can’t be bothered? It’s easier (and less messy) to start a compost pile than you might think. Go to naturalhealthmag.com/compost for simple instructions on how to get started.
40.Boycott plastics. From food storage containers to water bottles, refuse to use plastic in your home. Not only is it loaded with BPA, a chemical that may cause a slew of health problems, but plastics can survive for thousands of years in a landfill, leaching harmful chemicals that can spread into groundwater