5 Ways To An Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Going green should start at home!

Original Article: Jennifer Adriano-Martinez Photography: Gio Oliva and Miguel Nacancieno (Main Photo)

Contrary to popular belief, having a sustainable home isn't that difficult or expensive. While solar panels and energy-efficient appliances are big pluses, there are a ton of other ways to reduce waste and decrease your carbon footprint—after all, every tiny act counts when it comes to saving the environment. Learn a few more green living tricks from our list below: 

1. Green your kitchen. 

This area generates most of the waste in the home. Instead of using paper towels, opt for dish towels and cloth napkins. Stop buying disposable containers and use washable glass or porcelain food storage. Lastly, consider assigning every family member a refillable, washable drink bottle instead.

READ: 5 Ways to Create an Eco-friendly Kitchen

2. Reexamine the disposables. 

Look for the small things you can replace. For example, get a razor with refillable blades rather than single use plastic shavers. You can also try buying food in bulk to ditch the excess packaging. 

READ: Achieve A Tidy Home With These Habits

3. Put a stop to "vampire" energy. 

Even when turned off, things like hair dryers, mobile phone chargers, and televisions suck energy. So unplug your chargers and other energy drainers when not in use. Lights, fans, and AC units should also be turned off when you leave a room. 

READ: These Appliances Consume Energy Even When They’re Turned Off

4. Go paperless at home.  

When printing a document, use both sides of the paper. Whenever possible, send materials electronically to reduce your printing needs. Switch to refillable pencils and pens. 

5. Save gas. 

Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60mph. For better fuel economy, accelerate and decelerate gradually and turn off your engine if stopping for more than 11 seconds. If you're one who doesn't mind traffic, try walking or using public transportation whenever possible.

Read the original article (“Project: Green-light") in the May 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details.

More on

5 Simple Habits for a Greener Home

6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

RL Ideas: 5 Steps to Eco-Living


Latest Stories

Here's How To Keep Your Clothes Wrinkle-Free When Traveling

Get perfect OOTD's with this handy (and travel-friendly) gadget!

Neutral Colors Make This 50sqm Condo Unit Extra Homey

Taking inspiration from an accent wall, interior designers Honey Mutia Cervantes and Rosa Manduriao were able to achieve a modern yet comfy look for a one-bedroom vacation home in the city

5 Plants That Can Repel Mosquitoes

Keep your home safe and these pesky pests away with these natural solutions

This One Home Appliance Can Cause A Fire

Hint: Did you straighten your hair this morning?

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist

We discovered the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner has some mad painting skills!

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now

Team Kramer Gives A Tour of Their New Home

The house will have an elevator, an infinity pool, and a classroom for the kids

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!