Every step you take towards living a more environmentally friendly life is not only one that helps you, but one that helps the world. Yes that may sound a bit dramatic, but its way easier than you may think. Deciding to live a greener life not only helps the environment, but could also save you some money in the process. Below are some of my top tips and easy switches you can make to give your life an eco-overhaul.
You know that saying you’re mum always used to say, ‘waste not, want not’? Well, unsurprisingly in the UK over 7 million tonnes of food is wasted each year. This doesn’t just add up as a huge cost expense to your monthly bills, but also contributes to the amount of CO2 gases that are now in landfills. Combine that with confusing food labels and best before dates and all of this waste is harming the environment. Compulsory food dates do have to be labelled clearly on items such as meat, fish, and dairy; but dates on fruits and vegetables means items may no longer be at their best but are still completely safe to eat! Also, show some love to your leftovers and don’t let any food go to waste.
GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
While growing your own food may not be an option for most people, if you can its a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases created when products are flown or driven in. If you’re tight on space, why not consider using a windowsill box? They offer plenty of space for small vegetable patches/herbs; and plants are a great way to remove toxins from the air, increase humidity, and improve overall health.
The closer to home the products you buy are created, then the less carbon footprint is left with their transportation. From food, to clothes, to beauty and household appliances, consider supporting your local economy and buying locally.
RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE
Could you improve the amount that you recycle? Most households in the UK have to recycle, and luckily you can recycle almost anything from paper to batteries and even car parts. Chances are if you are trying to give your life an eco-overhaul then you’ve definitely thought about recycling, so commit to it a little more deeply and before you throw anything away take a minute to discover if you could recycle it instead.
CUT OUT PLASTIC
Regrettably, plastics seems to have found a way to enter every aspect of our lives. There are small swaps you can make to help the war on plastic; take a canvas bag with you when you go food shopping, buy a reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water, and instead of plastic wraps/foils use a wax alternative.
MEND IT, DON’T THROW IT
Next time something breaks, why not take a second to find out if there’s a way of repairing it? Throwing something away may seem easier and cheaper at the time, but with access to YouTube and the internet you’ll be able to find all the information and tools you’ll need to fix almost anything.
USE ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
Harmful and toxic chemicals in household cleaning products aren’t easy to dispose of, so making the switch to eco-friendly products that are more natural is a no-brainer. Also, continuous exposure to the harmful chemicals and toxins in household cleaning products can affect your health.
CHOOSE BEAUTY PRODUCTS CAREFULLY
One of the most damaging materials in your personal care and skincare items is microbeads. Microbeads can be found in items such as shower gels, face scrubs, and even toothpaste. These little pieces of solid plastic aren’t biodegradable and make their way into water systems and the ocean after we flush them down the sink, and can also make their way into the food chain if ingested by marine life. Thankfully, the beauty industry has responded by banning manufacturers from adding microbeads to personal care and beauty products.
DRIVE LESS, WALK MORE
It may sound obvious; but if you can make a journey by public transport, bicycle, or even by foot, then for the sake of the environment, do. A lot of main cities now have bicycle renting systems if you don’t own your own bicycle, and this all helps to reducing your carbon footprint.
Leaving your electrical devices on standby uses up tons of energy, so before you leave for work or school in the morning make sure to unplug and switch off everything you won’t be using during the day. You could also save a ton of money on your energy bills!
Do you have any suggestions on how to make our lives more eco-friendly in the 21st century? Comment below and let me know…