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How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly for International Day of Forests

How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly for International Day of Forests

Have you ever heard of “International Day of Forests”? It takes place every year on March 21st. International Day of Forests was established by the United Nations back in 2012. The point of this observance is to bring attention to the importance of forests and trees. While the point of the holiday is to always celebrate forests, scientists pick a special theme to focus on that year. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests chose to celebrate “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” for 2021. Some previous years have celebrated forests and energy or forests and sustainable cities. To follow the theme of recovery and well-being, this is how you can make your home more eco-friendly. 

  1. Fill your home with plants. They look nice but your houseplants also serve a purpose! Potted plants will help cleanse the air in your home helping you achieve a higher level of well-being. House plants have the ability to purify the toxic chemicals you are subject to daily like formaldehyde which is found in most paints. Another great benefit of house plants is they help the air be not so dry. Plants will actually raise the air’s humidity. This prevents and protects homeowners from respiratory problems, dry coughs or throat. Specifically try to get a Spider plant, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Chrysanthemum or Bamboo Palm for the best results. 
  2. Use more rags and less paper towels. Getting rid of all paper towels is a big commitment but try to reach for a reusable rag rather than using a paper towel every time. You may have this perception that being eco-friendly is expensive but you do not need fancy rags you ned to replace every couple of weeks. You can cut up that old stained t-shirt you are never going to wear anyways and use it as a rag. 
  3. Invest in a smart thermostat. Your old one may work just fine but there is a big ecological and budget difference. A smart thermostat has an eco-mode that will turn down the temperature when you are not home. The money you save within a couple months will make up for the cost of a smart thermostat. 

International Day of Forests is not recognized nearly enough. In this past year, we have learned how important it is to make your home a safe and inviting place. Combine “recovery and well-being” with home. Get house plants, use less paper towels and invest in smart technology. Celebrate International Day of Forests 2021!