I shared a quote over on Instagram recently that said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does”.
When we think about things like the environment and climate change it can feel like nothing we do will make a big enough impact to make any lasting change. But the thing is, if we all take those little steps and make small changes then, added together, it really will make a huge difference.
If you’re not sure where to start though, here are some small changes to make at home to start living a more eco-friendly life and make a difference to the world.
Start meal planning for less food waste
Food waste is a huge problem in the UK, with billions of pounds worth of food being thrown away each year.
One of the best things we can all do to reduce the amount of food we waste is start meal planning. Once a week take a look in your cupboards and in your fridge to see what you have that needs eating up, then work out what meals you want to cook for the next 7 days.
Once you have your meals worked out you can shop for just the things you’ll need to make them, instead of buying random impulse purchases that may or may not actually get eaten.
Switch to LED lighting
Making the change to LED lighting in your home is a really easy way to make a big impact on how eco-friendly your home is.
Standard LED bulbs can be around 80% more energy efficient than conventional bulbs, requiring less power and therefore having a more positive effect on the environment.
LED light bulbs also tend to last up to 20 times longer than conventional bulbs, so they’ll save you money in the long run.
Lighting is also a great area to look at if you want to make your office more eco-friendly too. Installing INUI LED panels instead of traditional lighting options is a great way to reduce both costs and environmental impact at the office.
Change your washing routine
If you’re anything like me, with a busy family at home, you’ll have the washing machine running most days during the week.
So while it might seem like a small thing, making changes to how you do each load really does add up to a big difference for the environment.
Look at using eco-friendly laundry products, and wash at 30 degrees as much as possible. One of the biggest changes to make though is to use the tumble dryer less, and hang washing to dry outside as much as possible.
Switch up your cleaning products
Along with your laundry products, look at all the cleaning products you use in your home. Once you’ve used up what you’ve got think about replacing them with more eco-friendly options.
There are some great options now from floor cleaners to all-purpose cleaning sprays which smell amazing, do a brilliant job of cleaning your home and don’t harm the environment.
If you want to take it one step further you could give making your own cleaning products a try.
Choose reusable over disposable
There’s been a big movement recently encouraging people to pick reusable over disposable.
One of the ways you can do this is to buy a jute bag for life and use that at the supermarket instead of plastic bags. Or just use whatever bags you already have at home. I quite often take my backpack to the shop with me now and pop all my shopping in there.
At home you can make the switch from cotton wool pads to reusable bamboo cleansing pads for taking off your make up at the end of the day. Try shampoo bars instead of bringing more plastic bottles into your home. Make washable cloths out of old clothing or towels to use at home instead of paper towels.
These all seem like quite little things to do, but when we all do them it adds up so quickly to a huge impact on the world around us.
Which of these changes have you already made to make your home more eco-friendly?
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