1000 Flowers for the Planet - #176 Use a Broom
Here’s another good way to benefit both the environment and your health at the same time. When you pick up the hose to clean the patio tiles, the deck or the driveway, you use an extremely valuable resource – water. It certainly makes the job quicker and less strain on the muscles, but the alternative has so many more benefits than that. By using a broom to sweep away leaves and tidy outdoor entertaining areas you give yourself a good physical workout, which improves your fitness and benefits your health. You will save money when you look after your health and even more money on the water you haven’t wasted.
Turning our attention to the inside of the house, using a broom on wet floor areas, rather than the vacuum cleaner saves electricity use, and therefore non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels and oil. Brooms last a long time, do not take any time to set up before use and require a very small amount of maintenance. If you’ve purchased one made of wood and bamboo fibres, you’re looking after the planet even more. Well done.