Nowadays we can't help but hear about our planet and how we need to protect it and as one of the citizen of this blue and green wonder, it's really worth listening and doing our bit.
Things get busy as home, we get it, but we have a few easy swaps you could do that would help make your lifestyle a tad greener.
Water - We can't say it enough but ditch the plastic water bottles! Use a water filter such as Berkey. This will not only improve the quality of your water but it's better than having to recycle (or worst, throw away) a water bottle.
Also, to carry your water, get a nice reusable water bottle!
Plastic/Cling Film - That's another one. Not only can plastic be harmful to your health, it's also not good for our planet. Plastic food wrap ends up on landfill and has also been found in our oceans, rivers, seas. Plastic does not degrade and is harmful to nature & wildlife.
Best thing to do is to stop use cling film. Simply don't buy it.
- Use reusable containers with lids
- Cover your dish with a plate before putting in the fridge
- Use stainless steel lunch boxes
- Use paper snack bags for sandwiches
For your home, here a few plastics free items that are better, more eco friendly...
2. Give some love back to NATURE
Plant lots of bee friendly plants and flowers in your garden. If you dont have a garden, add some pots to your balcony or add a flower bed to your window!
Bees are vital for the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They provide one of the most recognisable ecosystem services, i.e. pollination, which is what makes food production possible. By doing so, they protect and maintain ecosystems as well as animal and plant species and contribute to genetic and biotic diversity. (ref: World Bee Day website).
3. Get Moving!
Instead of driving, try cycling, walking, or running to work. If that is not possible, try public transports or car sharing.
I cycle to work daily. Between 6 and 9 miles each way. I need to be organised. It takes me longer to get here and I can't say I always enjoy it, but it’s a great form of exercise and I feel like I am helping in my own way.
4. Reduce your Home Energy
Insulate and seal your home
Many of these home improvements can be carried out by home owners depending on their DIY skills
Foam strips and draft excluder brushes prevent cold air from rushing into your home from the gaps around windows, doors, letter boxes and other holes.
Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing new appliances such as dishwasher, or refrigerator.
Turn off any appliances that are not in use, at the swtich if you can. Same goes for game consoles, phone chargers.
Switch off standby.
That's an easy one - turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED ones.
Your room thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature, which for most is between 18°C and 21°C.
"In 1970, the average home was heated to just 12 degrees Celsius in winter; now heating systems are designed to operate from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius. Bedrooms upstairs or unused rooms don’t need to be heated to the same temperature as living rooms, try adjusting the radiator controls to a lower setting in these rooms." (ref onehome.org.uk)
5. ECO Friendly Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning, here are a few swaps you can make.
- Use Water & Vinegar to clean your windows (and wipe away with crunched up newspaper that then can go in your compost bin or food waste)
- If you have a blocked drain rely on vinegar, bicarb and boiling water.
- Use Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds. They are perfect for general household cleaning (dishes, floors, laundry, etc.), it cleans and rinses with exceptional power, yet it is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is equally effective in hard or soft water, rinsing freely, hot or cold.
- Need to freshen the air in your home? Open the window or use a nontoxic air Freshener or make your own by adding a few drops of your favourite organic essential oil to a candle or an oil burner.
- Lemons! Such a powerful fruit. Use them to scrub chopping board (dip in salt before) or use around the house to deodorise, clean, scrubs and polish.
- Buy eco-friendly brands. Many supermarkets now have sections dedicated to eco-friendly solutions.
"Eco friendly cleaning products do not contain any of these highly damaging chemicals, such as chlorine, phosphates and nitrates, which cause pollution in the environment, making them a safer and much better option for the Earth. Using products like these are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint."
And here are some of our favourite products:
And there's lots more you can do to help our planet. Get your children involved too. Make it fun and they will thank you later.
The EO team