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Practical Sustainability: Efforts Around the Home

What You Can Do at Home Without ‘Green Washing’

Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

With the efforts around “going green” taking up so much of our consciousness these days, from magazine articles to news reports to websites and more, it’s easy to label people and products as part of the American tendency to turn everything into a fad. Green washing, or reducing the effort to go green to nothing more than a simple marketing aphorism, is a problem to be sure, but doesn’t every little bit help?

Homes like the one pictured above are the absolute when it comes to sustainability and eco-consciousness, reportedly turning in a zero energy rating. But none of us really live in Bird Island, Kuala Lumpur, so what can be done to make the house a more green, sustainable thing in the world?

Let’s start with the kitchen. We’ve all heard about switching over the light bulbs, trying to cut down on energy usage by eliminating efforts like pre-heating the oven before meals, etc., but what about the things we use every day, and what we tend to use a lot of? Aluminum foil. Plastic baggies. Paper towels. Things of this nature that we might have worked into such a regular routine in our lives, we don’t even think about them anymore. But rest assured, lots of cutbacks can make a real difference here, when taken in total among thousands of households. Think about it. Continue reading