It's Earth Day! - BUT isn't EVERYDAY Earth Day?
In no particular order, here are a number of ways in which you can become more eco friendly in your day to day life:
Go plastic free
Carry reusable shopping bags
Use paper tape instead of cellotape or plastic parcel tape
Use cardboard boxes for sending parcels
Use refill stations to fill containers you already have or make your own cleaning products.
Use soap and shampoo bars to eliminate the plastic bottles in your bathroom.
Conscious food consumption
Only buy what to need. Make shopping lists/meal plans to ensure that you are not over buying. Over buying often leads to more waste - your purse will thank you also!
Compost your leftovers
Grow your own fruit, vegetables & herbs in your garden or allotment - zero plastic & you can pick them as you require ensuring they're nice & fresh.
Prepare meals or freeze before use by to use at a later date.
Don't over order when eating out, but if a meal is too much, request a doggie bag to take home for later or the next day.
Ensure you are recycling properly. Follow your local council guidance on curb side recycling to ensure you do not contaminate anything leading to landfill.
Recycle batteries, electricals & other items to your local
One man (or woman's) waste, is another man (or woman's) treasure - think about what you could create with your waste.
Use schemes, such as those now run by Boots and Lush, where you can recycle your beauty & toiletry containers in store to give it another life.
Use old food jars or containers as storage for something else.
Reuse & Repair
Something is broken? Try to fix it first.
Clothing contributes massively on the environment, try repairing, repurposing or selling your clothes before considering something new.
Do a bit of DIY, you'll amaze yourself with what you can do.
Wash items on an eco wash to save energy and prolong their life.
Upcycle furniture, a lick of paint can change a piece completely.
Avoid fast fashion. It is rare that these outlets a
Ask yourself, do you really need it, before buying it
Think about where the products have come from & who they have been made by.
Buy items which have been crafted ethically - homewares made from recycled materials
Buy items to last & shop in vintage/charity shops to give items a new life.
Walk, cycle or take public transport where possible to reduce carbon emissions.
Turn off your lights & other electricals when they are not in use, This will not only save energy, but also reduce your bills - yay!
Use water responsibly - Cut those showers shorter, limit baths and turn the tap off in between brushing your teeth.
Say no to single use items - invest in reusable face wipes, cloths, sponges, steel water bottles & straws, etc.
Don't litter! This goes without saying for most of us, but there's still so much litter around! Dispose of your litter responsibly or take it home with you. We're now all wearing facemasks - Where possible please use washable & reusable masks, where this isn't possible, cut the elastic before disposing of them.
These are just a number of basic ways in which we can all help the environment.
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