Making sustainable swaps in a care home can contribute to environmental conservation and promote a healthier living environment. Here are five sustainable swaps for a care home:

Reusable Incontinence Products

Instead of using disposable incontinence products, consider switching to reusable alternatives like washable, absorbent pads and undergarments. These can be laundered and reused, reducing the amount of single-use waste generated within a care home.

Biodegradable Cleaning Goods

Choose cleaning products that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Traditional cleaning agents often contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both residents and the environment. Biodegradable options are gentler and break down more easily without causing long-term harm.

“Choose native plants that require less water and maintenance.”

Energy-Efficient Lighting 

Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting. LED bulbs are long-lasting and consume less energy, leading to reduced electricity bills and a lower environmental impact.

Biodegradable Cleaning Products: Opt for cleaning products that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Traditional cleaning agents often contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both residents and the environment. Biodegradable options are gentler and break down more easily, without causing long-term harm.

Reusable Diningware and Utensils 

Replace disposable plates, cups, and utensils with reusable, durable alternatives. Stainless steel or bamboo utensils, as well as plates and cups made from materials like melamine or bamboo, are great options. This not only reduces waste but also saves on the cost of constantly purchasing disposable items.

Green Landscaping Practices

Look to implement sustainable landscaping practices around your care home. Choose native plants that require less water and maintenance, use mulch to retain soil moisture, and consider rainwater harvesting for irrigation. These practices can contribute to a more eco-friendly yet effective outdoor environment.