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Make your home a green haven

This Earth Day, show your support towards the environment and transform your home into an eco-friendly haven, instantly. You don’t have to be an eco-warrior, minor changes will suffice, to be considered an eco-friendly citizen and benefit your health and happiness too.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2011 01:16 IST
Priyanka Monga

Minimise switching on electric-run lights during the daytime and let sunlight be the source of light. In evenings, opt for decorative oil and wax lamps, candles of different shapes, sizes and colours; and light t-lights in votives. “Incase you switch on the lights, make sure to turn them off when you leave the room,” says Kamal Meattle of Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park. Save water by using it judiciously and replace or get all leaking taps fixed.

Say no to plastics

Reduce, re-use and recycle your plastics. This is one of the best ways to combat global warming. Abandon usage of polyethylene plastic bags — from grocery and trash bags to those ultra-convenient sandwich bags. Use a jute, cloth or recycled paper bag instead. Because plastic is made from petroleum and the processing and burning of which is considered as one of the main contributors to global warming.

Use nature-friendly furnishings

Try replacing artificially made accessories with ones manufactured with natural or recycled materials such as wicker, rattan, cane, stone, recycled glass or natural fibre furnishings. All products made of artificial material use procedures that are harmful and toxic. So, replace your artificial rugs with nature-friendly durries, artificial vases with recycled glass vase and your cushion covers and curtains with ones made of natural fibres.

Usher nature in
Add potted plants and water bodies within your home. Water bodies and plants keep the environment fresh and cool. Meattle suggests, “Fill a bucket with water. The roots of the sapling should be soaked in water for up to 6 hours prior to planting. Look for a spot that offers little sunlight and there goes your indoor plant giving out oxygen.”