4 Ways to Incorporate Natural Materials and Green Habits into an Urban Home

Creating a home that’s as natural and environmentally friendly as possible is high on the list for many UK homeowners. But in the city it can be tough to evolve a house into a green home. Urban settings may not be ideally placed for things like self sufficiency or sustainable energy production, but there are still plenty of ways the concerned homeowner can make their property and lifestyle as green as possible.

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1.      Opt for environmentally ethical suppliers

Being eco-friendly isn’t just something for consumers. More and more businesses are developing green business profiles to help customers and other businesses see how much they incorporate sustainability into their business.

Take the example of something like solid wood worktops, which can be manufactured unethically using illegal foresting in parts of Asia, then shipping the material to the UK via China. Consumers looking to buy ethically should head for the companies selling wood worktops under a clear banner of sustainability. Where did the wood come from? How was it harvested? What did the company do to keep the forest sustainable and not impact on the local ecosystem? Similar questions can be posed to most of the suppliers in an eco-minded person’s life, from food to furnishings.

2.      Urban chicken keeping and beekeeping

It’s a growing trend among urban folks looking to be green. Urban chicken keeping has led to some exceptionally creative new developments in chicken coups and similarly in the field of beekeeping. According to the Beekeeping Association, the number of people attending urban beekeeping courses has risen dramatically over the past couple of years as more and more enthusiasts see how beneficial keeping bees can be, both for the beekeeper and the bee population.

3.      Growing fruit, veggies and herbs

Keeping bees on the roof or chickens in the backyard may not be possible, but it’s certainly easy enough to have a go at some urban gardening in the form of growing things like tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, runner beans and even strawberries. There are plenty of superb online advice guides and resources available to help novice growers choose the best plants for their circumstances.

For example, tomatoes make great indoor plants for folks with a sunny windowsill, and strawberries grow well in shallow soil, meaning a rooftop grow-bag could yield a great crop – no garden needed!

4.      Reuse and Recycle

It’s not just paper and plastics that need to go to the recycling bank. The average person in the UK throws away their own bodyweight in waste every seven weeks. Each household produces around a tonne of rubbish each year. By cutting down on things like unnecessary packaging (e.g. saying no to carrier bags at the supermarket) and composting waste paper and other compost-friendly materials, a person can reduce their waste impact significantly.

It’s in everybody’s interest to maintain the planet in such as a way as to guarantee a healthy future for all its inhabitants. Implementing simple green habits and practical environmental considerations is a great way for everyone to play their part.

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