With many people committing to making ethical and environmentally-friendly choices, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the changes that you should be making. However, like most changes, it’s a good idea adapt gradually and make small alterations where possible. Introducing hemp products into your home is a manageable change which can have a notably positive effect on Mother Nature.
DON’T BE SO QUICK TO THROW OUT
Whilst it’s true that hemp linen is more environmentally friendly than cotton linen, and glass is more eco-friendly than standard plastics, this doesn’t mean you should ditch what you have and start again. Starting anew is damaging to the environment, as the products you are disposing of will go to landfill. Instead, wait until your products reach the end of their life, and then replace them with hemp-based alternatives. This way, you’re making the most of what you have, as well as slowly implementing change.
If you have your mind set on undertaking a complete home over-haul, consider ways you can pass along your unwanted products, such as giving items to friends, charities or your local “Buy Nothing” Facebook group.
START SMALL AND ACHIEVABLE
Everyone knows the feeling of setting yourself an amazing goal, only to grow disheartened and give up a week later. Incorporating hemp products into your home doesn’t have to happen all at once – it can be a marathon rather than a sprint.
Perhaps the easiest change is to start using reusable bags at the supermarket. Whilst cotton tote bags can be many times, the production of cotton requires a significant amount of water. Next time you need to purchase a reusable bag, opt for a hemp tote bag. Additionally, when purchasing loose produce, consider replacing the store-provided plastic bags with light-weight hemp produce bags. Hemp produce bags can be placed straight in the fridge and provide the perfect environment to keep your fruit and veggies fresh, reducing food waste.
Another simple yet impactful change is to move towards using hemp wash cloths. These highly durable cloths work wonders in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, whilst naturally providing an antibacterial effect.
Plastic packaging around food can be highly wasteful – but it doesn’t have to be that way in your home. Start with replacing cling film with beeswax wraps. These wraps can be used many times, and ensure freshness is sealed in. Additionally, aim to move from plastics to glass and ceramics – perhaps store leftovers in a glass/ceramic bowl with a plate over the top.
INTRODUCING HEMP PRODUCTS INTO THE BEDROOM
There is truly nothing better than falling into bed after a long day and being surrounded by soft, clean sheets. Hemp bed linen is durable, comfortable and breathable, whilst also being anti-bacterial and allergy friendly. Hemp fabric is environmentally sustainable, as it requires very little water in its production. Next time you need to replace your sheets, opt for hemp linen – you’ll be investing in your comfort, health and the environment.
ADDING HEMP PRODUCTS TO YOUR PANTRY
There is a range of edible hemp products, all of which offer fantastic health benefits and are easy to incorporate into your day-to-day diet. Hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein powder can be added to smoothies, shakes, baking, soups and porridge, and will provide nutrients such as protein, fibre, magnesium, calcium and iron, all of which lead to increased energy levels, improved skin health, and better overall wellbeing.
It is easy to start small and still make a big difference, you shouldn’t be overwhelmed by making eco-friendly changes in your home, it should be fun and rewarding. Browse our range of eco-friendly hemp products to find how you can make a difference.