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Now that the days are getting longer, it’s time for an eco-spring clean to refresh your home. Finally, the weather is warmer, the garden turns green, and you can air the house out 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 broken and early spring is causing unusual problems and 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 in the early spring instead of revelling 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. Recently, techniques such as minimalism and tidiness, led by 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. So, this spring, why not consider a significant eco spring clean to realize the value of the items you need and scrap 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 throughout the product. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals if you come in contact with them, which continue to wreak damage once washed down the sink. Single-use cleaning 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 to the environment, and by choosing eco-friendly cleaning alternatives, we can help reduce the effects of harmful chemicals.
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