Each time we think organic and eco-friendly we instantly think recycled paper, natural fibre like jute and other such material which is branded eco-friendly.All of which sounds good on paper but feels like a very tedious task to actually go ahead and incorporate in our lives. But, doing our bit for nature in terms of recycle and reuse may not necessarily be a tedious task or involve a major change in our lifestyle. Even small things can be done to recycle and revamp our space.
Here are a few examples of how you can reuse and recycle normal household items to revamp your space:
1.Left with single pieces of crockery and cutlery?
Fill the soup bowls and cups with wax to make your own candle’s, which can be remade anytime the was gets over. They make great display pieces and can be used on consoles/dining tables. To learn how check here.
Single left over forks can make for great note holders. Just hang them in the kitchen wall upside down to make note displays.
Left with single pieces of plates, convert them into wall art. Pick a wall in your house to display all these plate
2. Want to revamp your furniture?It does not have to be a long and expensive process, a few tricks and you can revamp it on your own
To change your headboard, you can use leftover fabric swatches to make a cushioned fabric panel. To see how click here.
You can also add fabric or paper at the back of shelves to give a new look to old cupboards and shelves. The same can be done on drawers
Cover your side-table top with a coloured mirror, this will instantly make the piece look new and good.
Have an old shed door lying around? Use it as a mirror frame and have a beautiful mirror as your living room center piece.
3. Other ideas to recycle, reuse and revamp your space
Left over wine bottles-Use them as planters and hang them on your balcony (you can do the same with old light bulbs). Else put fairy lights in them and make them a light display in your living room. Finally, you can also coat them with bright paint and use them as a cluster of vases in different colours
Make memory jars– You don’t have to spend a bomb to buy expensive accessories for your home. Simple food jars can be filled with momentos of your travels and places together to make interesting accessories, they make for great conversation starters as well
Handpainted ceramic tiles-All you need to do is add felt to the bottom and you have beautiful coasters ready for use.
Old car tyres– These can be used as base for your patio tables.Place two tyres on each other and keep two such sets at a distance. Simply place a sheet of acrylic on them and you have an outdoor table
Art work– This does not have to be an expensive investment, one idea is make panels of various sizes and cover them in fabric them place them on a wall. Else use old greeting cards in floating frames and place them on the wall.
I attended the “Green Luncheon” at The Imperial Hotel today, which was in honour of the environment day and to share the initiative undertaken by the hotel for reducing carbon foot prints, recycling waste materials, waste management and energy conservation. I think it is great for the hospitality industry to be taking interest in environmental concerns and for the government to enforce a few laws to make this compulsory. Even though most people feel this should have happened ages back, I feel even now a small step by us will go in a long way to ensure a healthier future for the earth. Here are some steps taken by the Imperial hotel which I feel we too can try to incorporate in our lives.
Steps towards effective waste management The Imperial uses recycled waste water for gardening. Apart from that they send waste food to piggery farms / NGOs and waste oil for recycling. They hope to install an organic waste composter which will convert the organic waste to manure. This will in turn also reduce carbon emission in the environment. Alternative energy sources in the property They use CFL lamps, occupancy sensor light controls ( in locker rooms), energy saver cards for guest rooms, variable frequency drive motors and timers for building lights, rain water harvesting and fresh air units for alternative energy resources. Besides which they have dual flushing system in toilets, bio blocks for urinals and self closing taps in staff toilets.They recently inaugurated solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly. Measures towards electricity conservation The Imperial has undertaken conservation of electricity by switching off lights in common areas when not in use. They also reduce the numbers of lights consumption of electricity during night hours in the corridors etc. Earth Hour is followed every week where in lights are switched off in many areas for one hour. Eco friendly amenities The Imperial provides natural products like herbal soaps and use eco-friendly cleaning agents. They also encourage guests to contribute towards the environment by not requesting for change of towel and linen, if not required. Practices towards sourcing local/organic food ingredients? They source local food from select retailers. Organic food sourcing is in the process of implementation.
I think by following these simple steps, we too can reduce carbon footprints in our lives and make the world a better place for our future generations. I for one try to not take my car out as much as possible. I walk if its short distance, take public transport wherever possible and if it is a bunch of us going; carpool. If I am staying at a Hotel I always reuse my towels and sheets and encourage my companions not to put theirs for a wash daily. Finally, I don’t run the AC 24 hours. I switch it off every couple of hours just to give the electricity a break from running constantly. What are your green initiative that you have or plan to incorporate in your life? Do let me know in the comments below so I can get some ideas and we can start a healthier relationship with Earth.