Fix Broken Items

  • Bored with your furniture? Research ways of doing them up. Your furniture could look brand new with an upcycled piece of fabric! 

  • Rather than throwing away broken household items, fix them instead! 

  • Maybe your tech devices keep breaking. Instead of replacing, get them repaired. According to the EPA. only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled.  Remember, it's great to love what you already have.

Buy Eco-Friendly Toilet Roll

  • You can find Eco-Friendly toilet paper online, wrapped in recyclable paper or compostable plastic. There is toilet paper sustainably sourced from bamboo. 

  • You can even do monthly plans online so that your toilet paper gets delivered on time for when you run out!

  • Most toilet paper comes wrapped in un-recyclable plastic, so the alternatives above are the best, environmentally friendly option. 

  • Check out our Eco-Friendly Product Page for the Eco-Friendly loo rolls!

Avoid Cling Film

  • " More than 1.2 billion meters, equating to 745,000 miles of cling film is used by households across Britain every year – enough to go around the circumference of the world 30 times over. " BeeBeeWraps.com

  • Clingfilm is unnecessary plastic and we can easily live without it. 

  • Use storage boxes instead, this could be an old takeaway or ice cream tub. 

  • " Cling film is made by melting nurdles (tiny plastic pellets) and mixing it with additives. Millions of these pellets are spilled in factories every year and are washed straight out to sea.  Nurdles resemble fish eggs so are frequently eaten by marine creatures and birds with harmful consequences." BeeBeeWraps.Com and https://www.nurdlehunt.org.uk/whats-the-problem

Use Wooden Kitchen Utensils

  • Plastic can take up to a shocking 1000 years to decompose.

  • One plastic item you could remove from your kitchen is utensils.

  • Wooden kitchen utensils decompose better than plastic utensils and they can last for a lot longer. 

Go Vegan

  • The meat industry is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production now contributes nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. After the recent climate change report, we know that we need to get the carbon and greenhouse emissions down to zero in the next 10 years to stop the world reaching a 2-3 degree temperature, which could cause serious damage to our planet. 

  • According to different reports, cutting down your meat to 1 day a week or even cutting it our completely can help not only help the environment but also your body. 

  • There are very yummy meat alternatives out there, especially during this 2019 Vegan boom!

Use Reusable Kitchen Towels

  • Kitchen towels cause unnecessary waste.

  • By using cloth towels you can reuse them over and over. 

  • You could even DIY a kitchen towel from old clothes.

Less is More

  • Buy less household items and only purchase what you really need. 

  • It will reduce your waste and your spendings!

Turn Waste Into Art

  • Got lots of leftover plastic waste? Turn it into something new!

  • You could make a necklace from the plastic you have collected from a beach clean. Alternatively, you could make a sculpture, get creative!

  • Turn that waste into something special for yourself or as a gift. 

  • Check out artists such as; Daniel Webb or Veronika Richterova who turn waste into spectacular art pieces. 

Avoid Palm Oil

  • Many popular brands such as; Kit-Kat, Quality Street, Colgate and many, many more still use Palm Oil in their products. 

  • Using Palm Oil causes deforestation and the destruction of thousands of species homes. 

  • The more we work together to stop using products with it in and the more we rebel against it, the more likely companies will start to remove it from their products.

  • Palm Oil is otherwise known as; Glyc, Laur, Stear or Palm. Even sustainable palm is known to be bad for many ecosystems. 

  • Have a look online to find lists of what products still use it. 

Compost

  • Get yourself a compost in your garden or in your kitchen. 

  • Dispose of food waste properly. 

  • You can even turn your leftovers into new plants.

  • Try putting your leftover carrot or pineapple top in water and watch a plant grow in days!

Hang Clothes Out To Dry

  • Rather than tumble drying your clothes, save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and hang them out to dry instead!

  • Purchase wooden pegs rather than plastic. 

Vote

  • Vote for members of parliament who intend on fixing environmental issues.

Home Cleaning Products

  • Make your own home cleaning products! They'e super easy, reduce waste and they are kinder to your health and the environment. 

  • Here is an easy way to create an all-purpose cleaner: 

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 litres water

  • MethodMix together all ingredients in a bucket of water. Decant into a spray bottle. Store and keep.

Use Central Heating Sparingly

  • Wear an extra layer in the house this winter if you are cold. 

  • Switch off your heating unless it's absolutely necessary to keep it on. 

  • Ask your energy provider for a smart meter so you can see what you're using to make it easier to reduce. 

  • Switch to a more energy-efficient provider. 

  • Campaign or contact councils or energy providers to switch to green energy alternatives.  

Eat Less Fish

  • Recent studies have found that 1 out of 4 fish for Human consumption contain micro-plastics. Unfortunately, your Friday night fish and chips are contributing to plastic pollution too. 

  • The fishing industry is one of the main contributors to plastic waste in the ocean. Wildlife across the ocean get tangled up in fishing paraphernalia. 

  • The BBC's 'Drowning In Plastic' shows horrific footage of a Sea Lion that died, due to the plastic fishing rope being tangled around its neck. 

  • According to recent surveys of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic fishing nets and other discarded fishing paraphernalia makes up to 46% of the waste pile. 

  • If you would like to make a difference, you could campaign to make fishing more sustainable and less harmful to the ocean or you can cut down or stop eating fish. 

Waste Less Water

  • Across the globe, there are already water shortages happening. 

  • Without water, there is no us. 

  • We must use it sparingly and not waste it. 

  • Whilst brushing your teeth switch the tap off.

  • Shower for less time. 

  • Run shallower baths. 

  • Only flush when necessary. 

  • You could also look into getting a grey water system installed into your home or workplace. Greywater systems reuse water from your bathroom sinks, showers, and washing machines. 

Use Eco-Friendly Dish Cleaners

  • The majority of kitchen sponges are made from plastic and can not be recycled or composted. 

  • There are plenty of alternatives that can be used instead. Such as; Cut up old towels or cloths for wiping surfaces- these can then be washed to be reused. Plant-based dish scrubbers or compostable sponges. For scrubbing, you can use coconut husk scourers. 

Switch Energy Providers

  • You can get a smart meter installed that measures the amount of energy that you are using. 

  • Switching to a green energy supplier can reduce your carbon footprint drastically. 

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Sustainable Home

Here are some of our tips on how to make your home environmentally friendly.

Research has found that one person gets through up to 27,545kg of plastic each year. In the UK that is equivalent to 15 million plastic bottles per day! Take a look at our top tips on how you can reduce your waste and carbon footprint at home.