Today is the first day of Plastic Free July which is a challenge set to reduce your single plastic usage. You can sign up via their website and they’ll send you plastic-free ideas, tips & tricks in weekly emails.
When signing up they give you the option to select WHERE you would like to make changes; whether you are just getting started, at work, home or in your community. You can also pledge a little challenge for yourself whether it’s avoiding single-use plastic packaging, targeting takeaway items such as bags, bottles, straws ect or to go completely plastic free.
You then also decide how long you will be doing the challenge for whether it is 1 day or the whole month. I think it is a great way to branch into cutting down on plastic, especially with the helpful tips along the way. You can find the website here & the Instagram account here.
I thought I would share the ways we are trying to be more sustainable at home that are really easy swaps to make. There are lots of way to be more eco-friendly in your home and every small thing really adds up. Even if you make one switch!
1. RECYCLE// Probably the easiest switch to make and one i’d say (hopefully) the majority of us already do. If you are confused by what exactly can be recycled and what bin ect it goes in then your local council have a really helpful guide online.
2. SWITCH IT OFF!// Another easy one but if you aren’t using it.. TURN IT OFF. Leaving your TV on stand by isn’t enough so just switch it off properly at the plug. It uses needless energy and is a complete waste – it also increases your electricity bill by a silly amount!
3. SWITCH TO A GREEN ENERGY PROVIDER// Anyone can do this & it is really easy! Once you have switched, effectively all the electric you use when on a 100% renewable tariff, is effectively carbon-free!
4. DON’T WASTE FOOD// 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year, this adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills! So it isn’t just a waste of food & money, it’s harmful to the planet too!
5. EAT LESS MEAT// This is definitely something I need to implement more in our house & is an easy ways to be more sustainable at home! Reducing the amount of red meat you eat, even by one meal a week (we are doing meat-free Monday’s) will make a huge difference on reducing your carbon footprint.
6. ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS// You can either make your own or opt for the ready made ones in supermarkets. A lot of cleaning products have harmful chemicals in them that aren’t environmentally friendly to make or dispose of! Green cleaning products are more natural and organic to use.
7. CUT OUT SINGLE USE PLASTIC// Not necessarily completely because I know it isn’t that easy for everyone but opting for loose fruit & veg, or stopping buying plastic bottles of water can make a huge difference!
8. USE LED LIGHT BULBS// They last longer & are more efficient too! It means you will be using less power & won’t have to replace your bulbs as much!
9. SHOP LOCALLY// Now more than ever small businesses are counting on us to help them & not only does it help them, it’s also more sustainable. The closer to home these products are made & bought – the less carbon is created in their transportation!
10. GROW YOU OWN // This is something I REALLY want to start doing. Even if you don’t have much garden space you can buy some windowsill boxes that will work just as well AND filter the air coming into your house!
I hope these help & there are so many other ways to be more sustainable at home! I’d love to know your top tip and ways to be more eco-friendly.