Tuesday, 3 October 2017

16 Easy Ways You Can Become Greener

We all need to be that little bit more energy conscious and take a tiny bit more care of our environment but sometimes that can be hard with our hectic 21st-century lifestyles getting in the way and busy schedules but here we have 16 super easy tips to follow to help you and the planet.

1. Get A Re-Usable Drinking Bottle
Plastic bottles of water are damaging to the environment, needlessly expensive and can be bad for you if you use them more than once. Investing is a re-usable water bottle means that you can just clean and re-use saving you that extra bit of cash and the planet having to deal with all that extra plastic.

2. Make Your Own Coffee Or Get a Re-Usable Cup
If everyone who bought takeaway coffee used their own cups rather than the disposable ones the reduction in waste would be absolutely immense. A lot of those cups aren't as recyclable as you might think and many are lined with plastic. Also, if you're making coffee at home you are saving yourself some extra cash.

3. Use Bees-Wax Wraps Instead Of Cling Film
Beeswax wraps are reusable cotton wraps coated in beeswax. They are great for wrapping up fruit and vegetables just like cling film but again, don't use any unnecessary plastic.

4. Stop Using Straws!
Straws are really a useless invention. You can drink without one and they don't affect the taste of your beverage so why use them? Ditch the straw and stop asking for them at the bar. Just enjoy your plastic free drink and relax.

5. Reuse Old Clothes And Shop Second Hand
The fashion industry is the third most polluting in the world because every season we buy more outfits and just throw out old ones. If they're still in good condition, donate them to charity and do a little shopping in your local thrift store. You can find some real gems and help the planet at the same time. If your clothes aren't in good condition then why not get crafty with them?

6. Eat Less Meat
Now, we're not suggesting you go full veggie here if it's not your style but the less meat you eat, the lower your carbon footprint because meat farming uses far more resources than crop growth. Maybe just trying going meat-free one day a week. If you're already a vegetarian why not try going vegan one day a week as this will also lower your carbon footprint.

7. Buy Sustainable Seafood 
If you eat fish, it's important to know where that food was sourced. By buying pole and line caught tuna over net caught it has a far less damaging impact on the environment as other animals often get caught in nets, they tangle around plants and can often drag up the seabed and damage the environment.

8. Grow Your Own Herbs
Herbs generally come in a plastic bag or other wasteful packaging and they are so easy to grow yourself. You only need a window shelf and to keep them watered every now and then.

9. Buy In Bulk Whenever Possible
By buying in bulk, you cut down on packaging, plastic bags and energy on returning to the shops. If you have the storage capabilities and aren't going to waste that produce then why not? You can often also make a lot of savings this way.

10. Buy Recycled Toilet Paper
It's only getting flushed away so you don't need the luxury stuff and saving on paper is vital to the environment and the future of our forests.

11. Use Packaging Free Soap
All your fancy body washes and shower gels come in plastic bottles and can sometimes contain harmful chemicals for the environment. By buying packaging free soap you can cut down on plastics and feel a little better about your morning routine.

12. Avoid Plastic Cutlery
If eating at home or the office, you don't need to pick up plastic cutlery, just grab some regular ones and wash it later. If you know you'll be eating out, why not take a fork with you?

13. Switch Off and Unplug
Don't just put electrical appliances into sleep mode when you're not using them as this is still using energy. Turn them off and then switch them off at the wall and unplug them. This stops the electricity flowing and will save you money.

14. Stop Asking For Receipts Unless Necessary
Receipts are just a waste of paper. If you need them for records then fine but otherwise stop asking for them. Thermal receipts, which are the shiny ones, are also coated with a chemical that can't be recycled.

15. Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water And Avoid The Dryer
Washing your clothes in cold water uses far less energy than in warm and hanging them out to dry saves you ever having to switch the dryer on. Both of these will save on the bills significantly as well.

16. Use An Extra Jumper Or Blanket Rather
If you are cold think about the energy you are using. Could an extra jumper be better than turning up the heating or using an electric blanket?


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