Hey there Teacups! I’m back again with another installment of The Green Living Guide and this will be a little bit different from my first few posts on this series. For today’s post I’m moving more of to the Eco friendly element of this series that I spoke of in my introduction post.
I try and be as eco friendly as I can in day to day life, why wouldn’t I. Being Eco friendly is so incredibly easy and can be done in baby steps over time that won’t make much of a difference in you day to day life at all. But they will make a huge difference to the earth. We only have one planet we don’t get any do overs. It’s our responsibility to make sure we look after OUR earth.
Here are 15 easy changes that you can make to start living a more Eco Friendly lifestyle.
1- RECYCLE ♻️
Recycling is incredibly important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
2- Compost at home.
Compost gives valuable nutrients soil that can help maintain soil quality and fertility. Compost is a mild, slow release, natural fertilizer that won’t burn plants like chemical fertilizers, (That are incredibly bad for the environment) … It Provides organic matter and nutrients which in turn will help your plants grow.
3- Use reusable bags. (Preferably non plastic ones)
Plastic is the largest source of ocean litter. About 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Which in turn results in lots of waste. Reusable bags save trees, Reusable bags save water, Reusable bags help air pollution, Reusable bags help our oceans, Reusable bags help our sea creatures. – The simple decisions to use a non plastic bag could help so much.
4- Air dry your hair
I know ..simple right. Reducing drying time by even 5 minutes a day saves almost 45 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Think before you go straight for the Hair Dryer.
5- Get A Ficus plant 🌱
Researchers love these pollution-fighting plants for their gas-absorbing and antimicrobial activity. One study found they can even remove traces of formaldehyde, one of the most potent chemicals, from the air.
6- Cut Down on or completely eliminate the use of aerosol products.
Only natural aerosols like sulphates, sea salts, ammonium salts, etc are good for the environment as they help in maintaining the climate.
Aerosols now use hydrocarbons and compressed gases, such as nitrous oxide, as propellants. These chemicals are greenhouse gases and contribute to the global-warming effect. They also contain volatile organic compounds that release into the lower atmosphere and add to smog.
7- Grow your own food
Grow Your Own Food & Be Good To The Environment! Growing your own food is the best way to ensure an almost constant supply of fresh, healthy, natural, organic produce, and it is environmentally and pocket friendly at the same time. Organic produce means healthy produce, free of harmful pesticides. It’s also very easy to do and means you can be in full control of almost everything you and your family are eating.
8- Don’t use microbeads
You know those little lumpy plastic bits in your shower gel or face wash? Well They’re called microbeads and they’re damaging marine life. Environmentalists say the little bits bypass water filters and travel into the sea where they’re eaten by fish.
They’re also known as plastic pellets and can be found in personal care and household cleaning products. They are completely made of plastic so they don’t break down. Toothpaste, shower gels, facial scrubs and shaving foam are amongst the items which have them. Make it your mission to not use products that contain micro beads. For the environment, the marine life and for you!
9- Go paperless
The average office worker uses close to 10,000 sheets of paper a year, that’s crazy. Worldwide, more than 300 million tons of paper are produced each year, consuming 300 million forested acres and requiring huge amounts of chemicals, pesticides, energy and water. Reducing paper consumption lessens the worldwide environmental impact of the paper industry and keeps millions of tons of waste out of landfills. So opt in for digital bank statements, don’t print things unless you need to and be sure to recycle and paper you do use properly
10- Don’t use one-time-use anythings (bags, take out containers, bottled water, straws, napkins etc.)
Re-useable products are the way forward! Use Canvas bags for your supermarket trip. STOP DRINKING BOTTLED WATER! – Buy a reusable bottle with a charcoal filter and drink tap water it won’t taste any different (and will be a lot cheaper for you) . As for straws – if you feel like you must use them just buy re-usebale ones. EVERY one time use product out there has a greener re-useable version and they are more than always a lot cheaper for you in the long run.
12- Buy used
Before springing for something new, consider buying something that’s new-to-you. Check out secondhand stores and garage sales, and peruse online websites such as ebay. I suppose this is a little bit easier for me to do being a lover of vintage styles but even if you don’t want to emulate the looks of a past decade buying used can still work for you, and save you lot of money in the process.
13 – Use your loose leaf tea leaves as food for your plants! (Ya’ll know I had to include tea)
That’s right tea makes for more than just an amazing drink it can also be used as a form of natural food for your plants.
Not only can you compost tea bags as fertilizer in the compost bin, but loose leaf teas and compostable tea bags may be dug in around plants. Using tea bags in compost adds that nitrogen-rich component to the compost, balancing the carbon-rich materials.
14- Store food in glass containers
Many plastic food containers are made with polycarbonate, which the company describes as “a high-strength plastic made from a monomer known as bisphenol-A (BPA). Long story short BPA is incredibly bad for you. a lot of companies are working hard to create BPA products, but why not cut out the waiting and invest in glass containers. By doing this you not cut down the use of plastics altogether, you also take any risk of chemicals away from your food and drink. Glass really is the way to go to help not only you and your family but the earth as well
15- Slash your holiday waste.
– Christmas is not to far away now, and while it’s always an incredibly jolly time of the year, it’s also the time of the year that we produce the most waste.
Here’s a few ways you can go greener this holiday season :
– Recycle rather than trash your tree 🎄
– Wrap your gifts in a simple brown paper not only will it add a nice vintage feel to your presents but it will also be a lot kinder on the environment.
– Turn off or unplug your Christmas lights during the day. This will save energy and keep your lights lasting longer.
– Consider Handmade Gifts ( Cookies always go down well )
So do you think I missed anything important off this list? Be sure to let me know in the comments! I’m always out to learn of more arrays in which I can be be more environmentally friendly.
As always if you have any questions at all stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as poss
Speak to you all again soon – Kimberley 💖🍵