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Reduce, reuse, recycle: ideas for your home

Your home is the perfect place to start practising sustainable living! With these tips on how to reduce, reuse, & recycle, you'll see the impact in no time.


By Cleanipedia Team

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  • Reduce

Reducing means cutting down on the amount of waste we produce in the home, and the amount of energy we consume. In terms of reducing waste, think carefully when you pop out to do your weekly shop. Even though there might be a great deal on – buy one get one free – think about whether you’ll actually use the free item, or whether it will simply end up as waste.

In terms of reducing energy, one of the best ways is to rethink your laundry habits. If you regularly wash at 40 degrees, and tend to wash only half loads, then you could be wasting both energy and water. It takes much more energy to heat water to 40 degrees than it does to 30 degrees and, believe it or not, most laundry detergents work just as well at 30 as they do at 40!

  • Reuse

Water reuse is a trend that’s growing in popularity because it’s so easy to do, and yet makes such a huge difference. Waste water from the sink, the bath, or that’s collected in the shower can be used for watering houseplants, garden plants, or your lawn. You could also look into harvesting rainwater, while soapy water from your bath is actually great for controlling bugs!

How about reusing packaging in your home, rather than buying new packaging each time you run out of a product? Persil’s eco packs are small pouches that are made from eco-friendly packaging with 78% less plastic than a standard laundry detergent bottle. Keep your old Persil container and reuse it by pouring the detergent from the eco packs into the bottle.

  • Recycle 

Did you know that it takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to create paper from raw materials? There are many ways we can recycle, including organising our papers, plastic bottles, glass, and food cans and putting them out for the council recycling collection, taking them to a local recycling centre, or popping them in the recycling bins at supermarkets.

We can also get creative with our recycling, too! If you’ve got kids at home, old butter tubs are great for making Easter baskets, empty bubble bath bottles can be made into skittles, and there’s no end of things you can whip up from an old kitchen roll tube. You don’t need to have little ones to recycle, either. How about turning old clothes into reusable cloths or cleaning rags for the kitchen?

Living in a more sustainable house and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Remember – you don’t need to make big or expensive changes to make a difference. Sometimes, the smallest changes can have the biggest impact, helping us all to do our part for the environment.

It’s something that many of us have heard of, but what is ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ all about? The ‘3 R’s’ are about helping regular people all across Britain to easily practice sustainable living at home, and do their part for the environment. It’s a simple, 3-stage process that focuses on minimising waste output and energy consumption by reducing what we use, reusing what we produce, and recycling that which cannot sensibly be reused in the home.

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