The wonderful thing about the green way of life is that it’s different for everyone, but you will find common threads in all of them. Living green goes beyond recycling – it’s a lifestyle of compassion, consideration and connection, and it always starts at home. How many traits in this list does your home have?
Know when to say “no”
A green home stays uncluttered as you are mindful of what comes in. While sentimental items are hard to part with, when it comes to excess – receiving pamphlets on the street, getting free gifts with purchases or making impulse buys – just say “no”!
TIP: Take your time to discover brands and shops that are aligned with your values. Check out www.littlegreendot.com/marketplace for a listing of eco-friendly stores in Singapore.
If you are looking for something in a green home – a pair of scissors, or a pen – the chances are that you will know exactly where to find it. To avoid buying more than you need, ensure there is a place for everything.
TIP: Looking for great organisation solutions? Check out Howards Storage World (www.hsw.com.sg).
You will undoubtedly see evidence of the process of creating: a messy kitchen, tools, plant cuttings, pots and soil, and a flurry of activity. This is part of living a hands-on life; just make sure to clean up the mess.
TIP: To learn new skills and get hands-on in your home, check out workshops on these websites: www.lessonsgowhere.com.sg and www.thegeneralco.sg.
Be smart, not stingy
Finding ways of repurposing and saving is like a game. Get a kick out of feeding plants stale water, or using an old shoe as a planter pot. Cut paper napkins in half, and always turn off running water. This isn’t stingy behaviour – it’s about not being wasteful!
TIP: If you love the look of repurposed, updated vintage furniture, check out home décor shops at www.secondcharm.net and www.artfromjunk.com.
Don’t mindlessly collect “stuff”
A green home values connections. Knowing the origin of the things you buy, feeling connected to the maker and being a part of something positive is more valuable than brand names, price and prestige.
By Militza Maury, Home & Décor, June 2015