December 7th, 2016 by Darcy

So you are a renter or just bought your first home and think there isn’t much you can do to be green or sustainable (after all, funds are tight). NOT true my friends. Little decisions and efforts do make a difference, so jump in and do what you can.

Here are some ideas for things you can do at home:

  • Use natural and non-toxic cleaning supplies. You can make your own and save money as well. Vinegar and baking soda are a great start and there are many recipes online. Keeping toxins out of your house helps create a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. Healthy humans are also better for the planet and have less impact on all sorts of social and economic levels.
  • When you buy water fixtures including toilets, always buy EPA Water Sense fixtures. These are 3rd party certified to use less water. Know before you shop. Hawaii has a limited quantity of fresh water, so help reduce your use. Board of Water Supply has many great ideas as well.
  • When you buy paint and similar materials, always buy No VOC whenever possible. VOCs are chemicals that are not healthy for you and can be concentrated indoors, making the fumes even harder to dissipate and making your exposure greater over time.
  • Use reclaimed and repurposed materials when possible. There is a huge impact on the planet from the collection, manufacturing, transportation and ultimate disposal of building materials. Instead of our current “cradle to grave” lifestyles (things are manufactured once i.e. the cradle and then disposed after one use i.e. the grave) think about adopting an attitude of “cradle to cradle” where there is little to no waste and building materials are kept in use over time. For an island state, nowhere is this more important.
  • Focus on natural ventilation and natural daylighting as much as possible. Healthier for you and better for the planet.


Natural Ventilation, Natural Lighting
Design to focus on the view, views of nature impact us in a positive healthy way

Rhonda Goyke
Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability

Email D’Arcy Kerrigan for more information about finding YOUR sustainable new home in Hawaii.

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