There is a big focus on making an effort to be eco-friendly at the moment, and often, people aren’t sure where to start. Do you sell your car? Do you become completely plant-based? Whilst those options are great eco-friendly things to do, there are much easier, smaller ways to make your life and your home more eco-friendly that don’t involve you completely changing your life!
If you’re looking to make some changes to make your home more eco-friendly, here are some of the first steps that you can take. Every little step helps, after all.
Ways to make your garden more environmentally-friendly
There are a few ways that you can make your garden more environmentally friendly and make sure that you’re limiting your impact on the environment. One of the ways you can limit your impact is by finding more eco-friendly garden accessories.
A lot of garden accessories are plastic, and plastic pollution is currently one of the issues at the forefront of the environmental debate. By swapping out or looking to purchase more environmentally friendly accessories like the Primeur Recycled Rubber Planters, and Plasticforte Recycled Flexi Tubs, you can really work to improve your carbon footprint.
As well as changing your garden buying habits, you can also change the way that you enjoy your garden. One of the best things to do in a garden, by far, is to have a great BBQ with family or friends. But unfortunately, the use of disposable BBQs and even the use of charcoal within permanent BBQs are detrimental to the environment. When burned, charcoal creates CO2 which is a greenhouse gas, and the use of aluminium and iron in disposable BBQs prevents them from decomposing. That’s why this Casus Grill Eco-Friendly BBQ is perfect for those environmentally conscious people who still want to have a good time! It’s made of recyclable materials and uses substantially less charcoal to cook, making it overall a significantly more environmentally friendly alternative.
Other ways to make your garden more eco-friendly include investing in a water butt to collect rainwater for you to use in your garden, and using more gentle chemicals that are less detrimental to wildlife, like the Ecofective range of garden chemicals.
Ways to make your home more eco-friendly
Within the home, there are lots of things that you can do to be more environmentally friendly. Simple things like using less water and turning the lights and electric off in rooms that you’re not using (which will also save you money) are great places to start. You can also use your washing machine at lower temperatures, and try not to use your dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer unless they’re completely full.
One of the other easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly is to swap your lightbulbs for eco-friendly bulbs. These include bulbs like the Eveready Eco Halogen G9, Eveready Eco Golf Bulb, and the Eveready Halogen MR16, all of which are more energy-efficient than usual bulbs, meaning that they help you to reduce your carbon footprint. They also tend to last longer than normal lightbulbs!
Just like with your garden, another way to be more eco-friendly at home is to buy less plastic. For items that you would usually just buy a relatively cheap plastic option, take a moment and search for a more sustainably made product instead. Brands like Lick Pro are great for this, with a comprehensive range of sustainable painting tools like their Eco Paint Roller and Tray Set and Bamboo Handle Brushes.
One of the places where many of us use the most energy, water, and waste the most, is the kitchen. We often forget about food that’s left in the fridge until after it’s out of date. We don’t use things like the stalks of our broccoli and mushrooms, and we fill the washing-up bowl multiple times a day to keep our plates clean.
To offset the number of unsustainable behaviours we all have in the kitchen, there are a few things you can do. First and foremost is to create a compost heap or compost bin. This then allows you to put most food waste somewhere useful, rather than just a landfill. Your food waste will decompose and become mulch that you can then use as incredibly nutritious soil for your plants in the garden.
In addition to a compost bin, you can make sure that where possible, you’re buying environmentally sustainable kitchen products. That includes things like reusable cloths, longer-lasting sponges, wax wraps rather than clingfilm, etc. Some of the best sustainable kitchen products include the Planit Eco-Friendly range, where you can find sandwich bags, freezer bags, and even microwavable steam bags that are much better for the environment than your usual plastic bags.
Ultimately, if you want to be more environmentally conscious, all you need to do is take a moment and think. Usually, the sustainable choice is the one that makes the most sense! Most recyclable and sustainable products will last longer, save you money in the long run, and often even look nicer. And remember, any change you make, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction!