*Five Tips To Be More Green

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Reduce your plastic waste 
It’s an obvious one, and something even big brands are acknowledging. Plastic waste is a huge problem. You can help cut it down dramatically by making a few simple swaps and just think, if everyone decided to swap their plastic bags for reusable ones, how much could be saved and not end up in land fill. To make it easy I’ve written a few simple swaps below:

• Wooden toothbrush instead of a plastic toothbrush
• A glass travel mug instead of disposable mug (These often have plastic coatings)
• Bring your own cutlery instead of using plastic ones
• Cloth beeswax wraps instead of clingfilm Or even better, consider doing your weekly shop in a zero-waste supermarket!

Consider your travel options 
Have you ever considered swapping your car for a bus ride? It’s actually quite a relaxing and hassle-free alternative. Get collected from the stop, read a book, browse the internet or listen to music then simply get dropped off! All the time you’re saving on all those additional car fumes entering the atmosphere whilst getting some extra you time. Maybe you want to boost your exercise and fancy a bike ride in the morning? Then investing in a bike would be a perfect option. All the while you can get in a small workout during your standard commute. If taking a bus or cycling isn’t an option, ask around at work to see if anyone would consider a car share. There’s some fabulous schemes and initiatives run by many companies. You can even save some money on petrol at the same time!

Get bathroom savvy 
Excessive water usage essentially means more treatment is needed to pump and clean the water we are using. This uses energy which in turn has a negative impact on our environment. By reducing the amount of energy we use, it will help to reduce carbon emissions, which also contribute to greenhouse gasses. With a few simple switches you can easily make your bathroom greener and reduce your water wastage. They’re a number of products on the market which are not only greener but also have the added bonus of being super savvy and convenient too.

Smarter taps are all the rage featuring handy voice activated showers, personal preferences and recorded shower times. This gives you the option to reduce your water usage by cutting your shower time and after some time, the water saved could really mount up. Another great swap would be to consider using a dual flush toilet cistern. This gives you an option to reduce your water usage by selecting a relevant flush too.

Recycle and reuse 
‘Make do and mend’ is quite an old saying but in recent years it’s become popular again. This is seen especially around a social media. People are making the most of their items such as clothes, food and products rather than replacing them over and over. Big trends are circulating where people are no longer shopping for new clothes as they buy second hand. They also refuse to throw an item away without double checking it can’t be repaired or given to someone else first. It’s quite a fabulous mindset to have and makes you fully appreciate the items you own.

So, a few simple tips would be to write a list of the items you need. Can you get this in a charity shop? Or from a friend? Secondly id always suggest reducing your spending to a set amount a month, and only spending this on essential items, you may save a fair bit of cash too. And thirdly, before it goes into the bin, is there anything else you could do with that item? A great one for old clothes too would be to cut it into smaller pieces and use as rags for cleaning! Or even make yourself a handy patchwork quilt. The options are endless.

Love your leftovers 
This one’s for food lovers and also one for people who just hate throwing away food. Food waste is huge in the UK and its completely unnecessary. If you keep an eye on your best before dates and also plan your meals ahead you will massively reduce the amount of food waste within your home. When you go to the supermarket don’t mass buy fresh food that you may not eat and instead of getting that huge bag of carrots, buy the amount you need for the week only. If you do cook too much and have some leftovers, they’re a ton of meal ideas you can create so nothing ends up in the bin. Package then up for the next day or look at the meal options below, all of which are perfect and easy to make with your leftovers.

• Pasta bake
• Stir-fry
• Soup
• Pizza
• Frittata, omelettes or quiche
• Fried rice
• Pie (Including shepherd’s pie, cottage pie and classic meat or vegetable pie)
• Sandwiches
• Bubble and squeak And if you really can’t make something of your leftovers.

Consider composting it!

Have you made any changes to live a more 'green' lifestyle? 

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17 comments

  1. I'm trying to work on using way less plastic and reusing my materials. It's tough but it's definitely doable! Thank you for this inspiring post xx

    My Lovelier Days

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  2. Thanks for sharing these great tips


    Candice || natalyaammour.com

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  3. I love leftover meals! :) So good!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  4. I'm a vegetarian,so most of most of my veg waste goes in my composter,as i grow my own veg x

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  5. I agree and I recycle so much that my dustbin rarely has much in it! I cook leftovers and also grow my own fruit and vegetables. For lunch today we had accompanying vegetables from the garden - 10 different varieties.

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  6. This has really made me think about what I do! I recycle every other week when my local council pick up my bin. I always keep leftovers in the fridge so I can heat up the next day! I actually bought a couple of beeswax wraps last week so they've been really handy!

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  7. Bubble & Squeak is the absolute best, and now I’m craving some! x

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  8. We've always recycled. I definitely need to reduce plastic x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  9. I definitely want to start doing more to save the planet, these are all such good tips that I'll be taking on board xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  10. There are so many little things that we can all do - we've ditched the clingfilm in our house and in 3 months I've never once thought I needed it
    Em x

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  11. I always have so many left overs, I take them to work or I freeze them down!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  12. These are some brilliant tips! Thank you for sharing. x

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  13. Some amazing tips I'm so pleased everyone seems to be making changes x

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  14. Some really useful tips here, thank you for sharing x

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  15. I'm constantly trying to reduce my plastic usage. We've always recycled but I'm always looking for more ways in which I can improve x

    Sophie

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  16. So many great tips here for a greener life.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

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  17. I'm really trying hard to make the switch to sustainable living! fab tips.

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