Your Eco Patio in 5 Easy Ideas

05 June 2021, 14:25

By: Luisa Dahianna Trujillo

1. Repurpose

  1. Recycle furniture or use furniture that is created with eco-friendly materials. Get to know groups like Buy Nothing Project where “you can post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share and ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow.”  

  2. Eco Paint options and materials are not just good for the environment, but also for your health. Paint, finish, or lacquer can be considered eco-friendly when “it doesn’t contain airborne chemicals or gases that will wreak havoc on your health. These low-level toxic emissions are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that leach out into the air and cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, visual and respiratory impairment—even memory loss.”  Taken from: The Good Trade

    • Make sure if you need interior or exterior paint and try to maintain low VOCs, low biocides, and natural pigments that are healthier for you and the environment. 

    • “When it comes time to dispose of your unused paint, do so responsibly. Buy only the paint you need so you can use it all, and then recycle the steel cans. If you end up with a substantial amount of paint left, save it—store the can upside down to create a tight seal around the lid. Or, donate it to a local theater, neighbor, or community group. As a last resort, take it to a local hazardous waste collection program.” Taken from: Green America

2. Go organic for your vegetable garden and your plants

  • Organic gardening gives a wonderful feeling since you put your seeds on the soil until you can understand the marvelous process of production. Of course, preparing the soil is one of the most important steps. Keep in mind that pesticides and even soils mixed with fertilizers can cause damage to the environment. “Here is a helpful recipe from Steve Solomon that is perfect for our environment and that will make enough to broadcast over approximately 50 square feet of garden space.” … Taken from Parent Map

    • 8 dry cups cottonseed meal

    • 1 dry cup lime — use dolomite

    • 1 dry cup phosphate rock

    • 1 dry cup kelp meal

    • This 11-cup mix

3.  Skip artifical light and watering

  • It's best if you can go without adding any additional light or need for water, but that's not always the case. As long as you need to use water, try to have a  smart sprinkler system. They are more efficient and cheap in the long term. If you opt to change for a complete zero water/energy swap to grass-less yards. Artificial grass lasts for years and always has a perfect aspect. 

  • Drought tolerant plants or xeriscaping: Drought conditions are predicted to continue increasing over time. Having plants around us is immensely beneficial to keep humidity, attract pollinators, and regulate temperature. Some important points to keep into account are: 

  • Timers on lights you're using near your patio or grill or motion sensor lights for your driveway are a great option to continue saving energy. There’s no need to have lights in all the time and we are always supportive of having solar lights. Extra Info

4. Best grills for your patio

  1. Every aspect of our lives is important when we are having a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and that includes grilling. There are many options to switch our outdoor cooking to a more sustainable one.  

  2. Natural gas grill and electric grill are the two more sustainable forms of outdoor cooking regarding air pollution. In this case, the most important issue is the grill’s durability. 

  3. Petroleum-based lighter fluids and self-lighting charcoal are not recommended as they release petrochemicals into the air. 

5. Nature habitats

  1. Creating a natural habitat is a possibility to transform traditional landscapes into a native space that attracts wildlife. You can have a Certified Wildlife Habitat® thanks to The National Wildlife Federation. First, you should decide the type of habitat garden based on your region. You should check on the sun and shade that your garden receives during the day, prepare your site, sections and select your native plants (especially if they can give a year-round diversity) to continue Sustainable Practices to help the ecosystem. 


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