- When you decorate, try and choose a timeless design and buy home wares that will last for years.
- Try and build a “capsule wardrobe” (good quality clothes that will last years) rather than buying fast fashion.
- Swap disposable razors for wooden ones!
- Swap bottled soap, conditioner and shampoo for packageless bars.
- Try and use plastic free period products such as mooncups or reusable pads.
- Buy eco friendly cosmetics (another post on that coming up)
- Try to shower more often than bathing as running a bath uses up a lot more water.
- Wash clothes when they’re really dirty rather than when they’ve been worn once
- Try and hang clothes to mostly dry rather than using the dryer for long periods
- Who Gives A Crap make awesome 100% recycled toilet paper which comes without any plastic packaging
- Swap to bamboo cotton buds
- Try not to leave your TV on all day when you’re not watching it, not only does it take energy but if your streaming things like on Netflix or iplayer then it’s even worse (more about this in my book).
- Try not to leave electronics on when you’re not using them.
- Swap paper towels for washable cloths or bamboo pads.
- Swap bottled soap and washing liquid for packageless bars.
- Try and cook more veggie meals (animal agricultural is a huge strain on the environment)
- Only boil the kettle if you are going to use it (it might sound silly, but I can’t count the number of times in the past I’ve put it on to make a cup of tea, gone in the other room and then forgotten).
- Switch to renewable energy company.
- Buy good quality toys that will last a long time and can be passed on
- Buy wooden toys when possible
- Buy secondhand toys, clothes, furniture (you’ll save money too!)
- Try and go with a bedroom theme that will last all of childhood rather than their latest favorite
- For babies, try reusable nappies, and if they’re not for you, Naty make biodegradable disposable nappies and wipes.
- Make it bee friendly by planting wild flowers
- Don’t mow the lawn all the time
- Avoid using pesticides
- If you have the time and space you could try growing your own veg
- Try composting waste
- Use a water butt to catch rainwater which you can then use to water the garden.
- Don’t be too tidy – leave a patch of un-manicured garden, leave seed heads, leave dead wood and dead grass etc for bugs in the winter.
- Reduce plastic pots when buying flowers – a lot of them come in cardboard now or biodegradable pots.
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