Switching to a zero-waste lifestyle takes time, and the best way to tackle your habits and go greener is to do it step by step. When it comes to your own home, it’s a good idea to go over every room and check which improvements you can make to be more sustainable. The best place to start? Your bedroom!
That space is where you relax after a long day and where you spend an average of 8 hours resting your body to prepare for the next day. By making it greener, you’re not only helping the planet, but also looking after your health and improving the way you sleep every night.
Here are a few things you can try to create a zero-waste bedroom:
Energy-efficient lighting - Reduce your energy consumption and let your body rest better by switching to LED lights and turning all lights and electronics off at night. The less screen time you have before sleeping, the better you’ll be able to rest and follow your body’s circadian rhythm.
Switch to eco-friendly bedding - Cotton bedding has for long negatively impacted the environment due to its overconsumption and unsustainable production process. Go green by choosing alternatives made from eco-friendly materials like Eucalyptus lyocell or hemp. Check out our blog about Eucalyptus VS Cotton to learn more about this topic.
Give your thermostat a break - Instead of raising the temperature in your home as soon as the seasons get colder, warm yourself up in a natural way by adding extra layers or taking warm baths. This is not only great for the planet, but it also helps you sleep better as our bodies are used to sleeping in the cold and can regulate their temperature without the help of your thermostat.
Avoid disposable wipes - Next time you take off your makeup and clean your face before sleeping, choose a reusable makeup removal cloth instead of the disposable wipes. This alternative helps you reduce waste and also contains no added chemicals.
Reuse cotton - Instead of throwing away any of the cotton you no longer use, you can repurpose it as reusable dryer sheets. This can help you avoid any artificial fragrances or harmful toxins, and also doesn’t let the cotton go to waste.
To make reusable dryer sheets from cotton follow these steps:
- Cut the cotton fabric from any old clothes or washcloths into 5-by-8-inch rectangles.
- Combine 2 ½ cups of water with 2 ½ cups of distilled white vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin together inside a jar. Shake the jar and add any optional essential oils. Then shake again.
- Place the cotton rags inside the jar and leave them there until you need to use them.
- When using them, remove 2 to 4 dryer sheets from the jar as needed and wring them to stop them from dripping. Then add them to the dryer load.
- Once the clothes have been washed and are ready to come out of the dryer, place the dryer sheets back in the jar to be used again.
- To keep them clean, simply wash them with other towels and linens every 2 weeks, depending on how dirty they get.
These are just some of the few things you can try to start living more sustainably at home. Remember that in your zero-waste journey, the best way to do something for the planet and for the good of our health often just takes a few small changes with a big impact.