Now that the days are getting longer it’s time for an eco spring clean to refresh your home. The weather is warmer, the garden is turning green and you can finally air out the house after the winter. At least, this is the case in many parts of the world right now. Spring is early across Europe with record-breaking warm weather hitting the UK in February. Parts of Canada and the USA are set to see an unseasonably warm streak in the next few days. This erratic and early spring is causing unusual problems and having strange side effects. The unpredictable weather in Italy has led to widespread fears that the olive harvest will fail this year. It has also been reported that the UK’s only poisonous snake, the adder, no longer hibernates during the warmer winters. Climate skeptics are quick to dismiss climate change when the weather turns cold (even when such extremes are likely a result of climate change). Yet, much of the media has failed to show alarm at the early spring, instead reveling in the pleasant temperatures.
Why do we Shake the House?
Spring cleaning has a long history and exists in many cultures. Many Christians use the beginning of Lent to clean their homes. With Persian New Year just around the corner, Iranians engage in “khooneh tekouni” – literally “shaking the house”. Similarly, in preparation for Passover, Jews engage in cleaning the house. The practice celebrates refreshment, renewal, and preparation for the warmer months. In recent times, practices such as minimalism and tidiness, led by the likes of Marie Kondo, have led many of us to question our consumption and reconsider our possessions. There’s nothing like a spring clean to help reduce and recycle.
With the links between consumption and climate change clearer than ever, we could all do with buying and owning less stuff. This spring, why not consider a significant eco spring clean to realize the value of the items you need and jettison those you don’t. And, if you’re inclined to observe Lent, why not take on a 40-day challenge to not acquire any more unnecessary stuff?
Eco Spring Clean
Another way to help the environment through your cleaning rituals is through the products we use. Many commercial cleaning products contain chemicals which are harmful if you come in contact with them, and which continue to wreak damage once washed down the sink. Single-use cleaning wipes and wet wipes clog up sewerage systems, leading to disgusting build-ups of fats and oils, known as fatbergs (warning: not for the faint-hearted).
It’s clear that we need to be kinder on the environment, and by choosing eco-friendly cleaning alternatives, we can help reduce the effects of harmful chemicals.
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