Sustainable living made easy: how to be eco friendly

This article gives some helpful pointers on how to be green, from reducing plastic waste to using less food.

24 June 2019

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Are you wondering how to be eco friendly? Look no further – we have loads of tips on how you try a more sustainable lifestyle. All the news around climate change can be scary, but finding out ways to be green at home can really help you feel more in control and give you the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your bit.

Do a ‘plastic audit’ to work out how much plastic your family requires and how to use less.

Green living tips

If you’re looking to go green, tips like these should give you a good idea of where to start:

  1. Use less plastic: This is something we can all do to reduce consumption and help prevent plastic getting into the oceans. If you’re wondering how to be green, a great place to start is considering what plastic you could cut out. Think for example about plastic bag use – could you swap disposable plastics for a cotton tote? Or switch your toothbrush to bamboo? If you find yourself using a lot of plastic wrap on food, why not invest in some good quality food containers that can be used again and again?
  2. Reduce food waste: Talking of food waste, one of the great ways to be green at home is to work out how you can reduce the amount of food you and your family throw away. Keep a record for a week of what goes in the bin and you’d be surprised. Some estimates put it as much as a one third of all the food we buy. To reduce waste, try planning meals in advance and freeze anything that’s not likely to get eaten.
  3. Try to save water: When you’re trying to improve your sustainable living, water usage might seem hard to reduce. We all need to wash, drink and use the toilet each day. However, there are some straightforward ways to reduce the amount of water you use. For example, try to replace regular baths with short showers. Plus, check out your water company’s website for their tips and tricks. Many offer free gadgets to put in your toilet basin which will reduce the amount of water it uses to flush.
  4. Think about how you travel. We all need to get around somehow, but when it comes to how to go green, the tips that can make a really big difference involve adapting your travel habits.Try ride-sharing with people. If you live close enough, why not walk to social engagements once in a while? If you fly regularly for a holiday, cutting down on this kind of travel can save a huge amount of carbon and bring you much closer to sustainable living – why not try exploring the countryside near your home for your next holiday?

Climate change often feels like an overwhelming problem. The best thing you can do as an individual is to think about small steps you can take in your day to day life to help you live a sustainable lifestyle. Try some of these green living tips and you’ll realise how you really can make a difference, every single day.

Key steps:

  • Reduce the amount of plastic your family consumes
  • Find ways to use less water
  • Think about food waste: use up left-overs and freeze things that won’t be eaten.