In today’s world, it seems as if every little thing we do has an impact on the environment. We can’t afford to be wasteful or lazy anymore! In this article, I will share with you seven easy ways that you can make your bedroom eco friendly and help our planet.
Why should you care?
Not only will making your bedroom eco friendly help our environment, it can also save you some money! Try buying organic sheets, using natural light, turning off unnecessary electronics at night, and recycling old textiles to create other things like clothing. Making your bedtime routine more eco-conscious will make you feel better about yourself and the world!
7 easy steps on how to make your bedroom more eco friendly
1) Buy sustainable sheets
Buying organic sheets is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint because they are made from natural materials like bamboo and hemp fibers which decompose quickly in landfills unlike synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. They also don’t contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde which is used for many low-quality fabrics.
Organic sheets are also better for those who suffer from chemical sensitivities because of their lack of chemicals. Choose organic bamboo sheets. Be sure to wash your sheets once a week with biodegradable soap and separately from other clothing to avoid the spread of bacteria.
2) Ensure your room gets natural light
Your bedroom should be bright enough to see but also dark enough to sleep! The best way to make sure your bedroom is getting the right amount of natural light from the moon is to get white translucent curtains that reduce the harshness of the sunlight but let enough light at night into your room so that you’re able to have a nice, serene environment.
It might be difficult to get natural light in the winter, but it’s important to make sure you are not wasting any resources on night lights when you can have the same effect using natural light already available to you.
3) Turn off unnecessary electronics
When you leave your bedroom, make sure to turn off all of your electronics (TV, stereo, computers, and lights). Leaving them on wastes a ton of energy because they constantly draw a current from the wall which is why it is called ‘vampire energy’. Although turning them on standby may seem harmless, you should know that turning any electronic device on standby still uses a ton of electricity!
For example, leaving a laptop plugged into an outlet overnight will still keep consuming electricity even if the battery is full, and may even harm your laptop’s battery in the long run! So instead of wasting electricity or making yourself rely on vampire energy, simply turn off your electronics when you leave your bedroom.
4) Recycle old textiles
Make sure to recycle any old textiles you used in your bedroom (old sheets, towels, or rugs). Old items can be reused in various creative ways which will save you the hassle of having to buy new things! If you don’t know how to sew (and even if you do), there are many great tutorials online that show how to make cool stuff from old fabrics you have lying around (Like this really cool one that gives you a ton of ideas!).
If you have an old bedsheet that is starting to look worn out, take it apart and use it for other items like dog bedding, or cleaning rags. So before you throw out old fabrics, remember that you can make other things out of them and save our planet!
5) Use green cleaning supplies
Using eco friendly cleaners like vinegar and baking soda is an easy way to make your bedroom more environmentally friendly. These cleaners are inexpensive and do not contain harmful chemicals like bleach or ammonia. You can use these ingredients to actually create your own cleaner by mixing them with water! This will ensure that you know exactly what goes into your homemade cleaner.
There are also many eco friendly brands available that produce great smelling, all-natural cleaning products. So instead of using toxic chemicals in your bedroom, switch to natural products!
6) Wash yourself with organic soap
Using organic soaps instead of regular soap will reduce the chemicals that enter our waterways which can have an adverse effect on fish and other aquatic life. This is why it’s important to buy organic soaps instead of regular ones since they are created with all-natural ingredients!
By buying organic soaps, you can save water since they do not pollute our oceans which prevents the extinction of marine life. Using organic body washes or hand soaps is just as effective as non-organic soaps but more beneficial for the environment.
7) Buy green, non-toxic paint
Painting a room using environmentally friendly paint is a quick and easy way to change the whole feeling of that room. Be sure to paint it a bright color so it doesn’t absorb the heat. You can even go as far as painting an accent wall if you want to have just a splash of color! This will not only refresh your bedroom but would also be great for your mental health.
Using eco friendly paint is just as effective as regular paints since it’s made with all-natural ingredients, has low or no VOCs, and is environmentally friendly which means fewer chemicals contaminating our air and soil. And who doesn’t want fresh air in their bedrooms?
So there you have it! These tips will help your bedroom become more eco friendly if applied correctly. Hopefully, this article has provided some useful information that you did not already know about being eco friendly. So what are you waiting for? Start making your bedroom more eco friendly today.