The easiest way to become more eco-friendly is to analyse the things you use on a day-to-day basis and seek out versions that are more environmentally friendly. Here’s a list of things you may want to consider switching to…
- Shower Gel in plastic bottles to bar soap.
- Shampoo and conditioner in bottles to solid versions.
- Cleaning products to more eco-friendly versions.
- Plastic toothbrushes to wooden ones.
- Vacuum cleaners to sweeping brush.
- Plastic wrap for silicone wrap or beeswax wrap.
- Plastic carrier bags to canvas totes.
- Plastic single use drinks bottles for re-usable ones.
You could switch plastic wrapped food items, particularly plastic packaged goods, to loose dried goods that can be packaged in your own re-usable containers or look for goods that are packed in glass or tin that can be recycled or re-used.
Cut down on the amount of electric and gas that you use by turning things off instead of leaving on standby, or by turning your heating down a few degrees or off completely when you don’t need to use it. When there is a chill in the air, put on more clothing or wrap up with a blanket instead.
Try to grow some of your own veg if you have the garden space or apply for an allotment to grow things in.
Buy local produce where possible, markets are a good place to start as they are usually stocked with local farmers produce and can work out cheaper than buying from a supermarket.
Check each piece of rubbish that is entering your bin to see if you can re-cycle it, you may be surprised at what you can put aside to recycle.
This is only a short list of suggestions…what other things can you think of to help becoming more eco?