One in three consumers say they have increased their efforts to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their daily life, according to a recent Trusted Media Brands survey. Some of the easiest steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle can be taken right in your own backyard.
Create an outdoor oasis with these simple and sustainable tips – no green thumb required.
Save time – and water – with low-maintenance landscaping. Sow the seeds for a hassle-free backyard by planting perennials or shrubs, which require minimal upkeep. Support your local environment by choosing native plants, as they typically require less watering, fertilizer and pesticides, and they’re beneficial to pollinators. Plus, many native plants can store excess carbon dioxide for better air quality.
Collect and reuse rainwater. Conserving rainwater is a simple way to make your outdoor space more sustainable. Install a reusable drum in your yard below gutter spouts to collect water when it rains. Once full, use the rainwater to water plants or clean exterior surfaces like decking, siding and outdoor furniture.
Choose energy-efficient LED lighting. Replace outdated, energy-draining deck and landscape lighting with energy-efficient or solar-powered outdoor lights. LED lights are extremely long lasting, easy to install and use significantly less energy compared to once more-commonly used incandescent bulbs. Not only can you enjoy your yard long after the sun goes down, but you can feel good knowing you are making a sustainable choice.
Consider wood-alternative decking. Among the greenest products available for the home is composite decking, such as Trex, which is manufactured from more than 95 per cent recycled materials. Unlike wood, composite decking resists fading, staining, scratching and mould, and needs only an occasional soap-and-water cleaning. Since composite decking never needs to be stripped, stained or painted, no environmentally harmful chemicals are required.
These easy upgrades not only benefit the planet but also create an outdoor space that will leave your neighbors green with envy. Find more information at ca.trex.com