We hear a lot about the importance of being environmentally aware and conscious especially in today’s world where climate change and similar topics take up many column inches in the media. Instigating small changes in the home can seem futile at times in the grand scheme of things, but this is not true. Implementing small changes to our behavior can ensure that others change too, and suddenly, you have a snowball impact on people’s attitudes and behavior toward the environment at large. The people at EZ Living have put together this infographic below which details everything you need to know in relation to the environment and your home. Check out the full advice in the graphic below!
There are more ways than ever to go green in our homes, but how about the towns and cities that we live in? In this final edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over urban, home, and technology trends that are working together to make green living a part of everyone’s lives.
One of the biggest challenges we face is making our cities greener. Urbanization and the subsequent lack of space make it difficult to accommodate both rising populations and sustainable measures. To solve this, projects have sprung up in recent years to convert city buildings into “green buildings”, where greenery, soil, and flora planted into the structure. Aside from the visual impact, these structures would provide a number of eco-friendly opportunities.
The plant life on the walls traps matter and harmful gases in the air, mitigating pollution and improving quality. The plants also provide insulation for buildings and help cut down on power and energy use. Skyscrapers, notorious for consuming large amount of energy, are also being transformed into “eco towers” with advanced rainwater collection systems, solar farms, and wind turbines that aim to produce as much energy as the skyscrapers consume. Green is literally on the rise in cities, with San Francisco recently becoming the first U.S. city to require certain new buildings to be built with a green roof. As more and more cities adopt green architecture, it would revolutionize the future of cities as we know it.
While a lot of work still has to be done to innovate green buildings, the rise of community gardens in cities will certainly work alongside these efforts. Community gardens have been around for hundreds of years, but have become a hot trend in big cities. In addition to the experience of getting to grow and eat your own food with your community, these gardens have valuable eco-friendly benefits: they allow water to infiltrate into the ground and thus limit runoff; they save carbon-producing car trips to the market to buy vegetables; and they cool cities by shading surfaces like pavements and rooftops that tend to collect heat.
Part of a successful eco-friendly lifestyle is the ability to cut down waste and resources to help our planet. As sustainability continues to become an accessible and viable way of life, consumers are looking for products, services, and experiences that are trendy but low on environmental impact. In this edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over the lifestyle, home, and technology trends in the front of this movement.
In order to go green, one first needs to think green. Consumers, especially Millennials, are increasingly adopting a “buy less, but buy better” mentality, which involves purchasing fewer, but higher quality goods.
Currently, 35% of shoppers are willing to spend more on products that are good for the environment, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Consumers are focusing more on the brand behind the product, favoring companies that are mindful of the environment and subsequently buying products that make them feel good in both body and mind. This is assisted by the idea that a clean, minimal space equals a happy space – by choosing to buy fewer products in general but going for products that are long-lasting and sustainably designed, people are keeping more goods out of the waste cycle.
Tiny homes were all the rage in 2015, and they continue to be the craze for 2016, appearing on HGTV shows like “Tiny Home Hunters” and “Tiny Home Nation”. Tiny homes are also part of this growing movement to downsize one’s life and live more minimally.
Costing less than $30,000 on average, these pint-sized micro dwellings typically occupy between 100 and 400 square feet of space and are often built with eco-friendly materials like solar panels and rainwater collecting pipes. The costs of owning and living in a typical 2,000 square-foot home can be expensive and wasteful in the long run, so the tiny home trend is all about eliminating what we don’t need and focusing on a simplified shelter. Ranging from modern styles to rustic trailer cabin, tiny homes are also a perfect fusion of environment and design – you could live green and live with less, but look good while doing it.
Although green living involves us cutting back on our energy use, it does not mean we have to compromise our lifestyle and detach ourselves from gadgets or electronics. In fact, we can use smart gadgets like our phone to make sustainable changes. In this next edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over gadget trends across home, technology, travel, and lifestyle to see how people are using them to make a greener impact on their lifestyle.
“Smart” appliances have been around for a few years, but now a new batch of energy-efficient gadgets might allow the technology to catch on with more households. Most notable is the smart thermostat, which allows you to control your home’s heat and air conditioning remotely via your phone or computer. New thermostats like Nest, can be programmed to learn the times you wake up and go to sleep and provide a desired temperature, saving energy when you do not need it.
The environment is trending. With concerns continuing to grow for the planet, eco-friendly innovations are popping up in many aspects of life. Companies are initializing sustainable practices, while consumers are becoming eco-savvy and willing to invest in eco-friendly products. To track the growing sustainability movement, we are bringing back the Eco-Friendly Trends Report on our blog with four trend reports throughout 2016. We will go over a range of topics, including Home Design, Lifestyle, Technology and more. Without further ado, let’s talk green:
From increasing calls for locally-produced goods to the unveiling of revolutionary green gadgets, sustainability is more than ever the go-to consumer trend. According to a Capstrat Public Policy survey on sustainability, 56% of consumers would opt to pay more for a product that’s environmentally friendly compared to a non-green product. Whether you are a consumer or business owner, guilt-free and eco-friendly trends are receiving an influx in attention and are likely influencing your decisions in some aspect this year. With the spring equinox in full swing, we’ve curated a list of the latest movements in green living so you can be environmentally aware while staying up-to-speed with the season.