With over 7.5 billion people living around the world and 66 million of those living here in the UK we should all be doing our bit to look after the world in which we live. The thing is though not everyone is doing their bit and as a result the environment is suffering massively. I’m not saying that you or I alone can change the world but if we all change a few things in and around our homes we can make a difference. By setting good examples to our children we are teaching them to look after the world around them, they in turn will teach their children the importance too and the world will slowly become a place that is happy and healthy for everyone.
Reduce single plastic use
There has been a lot in the media lately about the amount of plastic in landfills and in our oceans. I have written about this topic before and it’s something that My Three and Me are keen to change in our homes. We no longer use plastic straws and I have recently invested in a menstrual cup to help reduce the amount of plastic we send to landfill. There are plenty of ways you can reduce your single use plastic at including:
- Growing your own fruit and vegetables if you have space, even buying them loose from the supermarket helps the environment if growing your own isn’t an option.
- Use reusable coffee cups when you are out and about, keep one in the car so that if you fancy a coffee whilst you are away from home you can use your own cup.
- Use reusable nappies and baby wipes instead of disposables, invest in a menstrual cup instead of using tampons and sanitary towels, if you use cotton buds make sure you buy ones that are made from natural materials instead of the ones that have a plastic core.
- If you go out for the day, leave only what you saw when you arrived, if you take a picnic with you take the rubbish home, use reusable plates and cutlery and pack food in containers that can be reused rather than plastic bags and food wrap.
- Remember the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, it’s amazing what people throw away without thinking about it. If you no longer use something give it away to charity, sell it or reuse it in some other way if you can rather than sending it to the landfill.
Change Cleaning products
We seem to be in a little of a cleaning frenzy since Mrs Hinch exploded onto social media last year. I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting a nice clean and tidy home at all but be mindful about the products that you are using. Products containing bleach and chemicals aren’t good for the environment and if used wrongly or too often can be bad for our health too. Consider switching some of your everyday cleaners from eco products instead. If you are unsure what products are eco-friendly take a look at Pattersons eco cleaners – the company offers both home and commercial eco cleaning products so whether you clean your home, office or have a whole office block to clean they will have everything you need. If you’d like to make your own eco cleaners instead this infographic below has some simple recipes that you could recreate.
Change how you travel
Are you someone who always takes your car even when you don’t need too? I know it is convenient but if you live close to your place of work, school or even the supermarket is it always necessary to take your car too? If it’s possible you could consider car sharing with work colleagues, you could take it in turns and share the commutes and it would mean at least one less car on the roads per day.
Monitor energy useage
Do you have a smart meter in your home? If not, you can ask your energy suppliers to install them. By having a smart meter, you can see where in your home you use the most energy and in doing so you can reduce your energy consumption as you can monitor if energy is being wasted. Turning plugs off after use, turning the thermostat down by just 1 or two degrees and having showers instead of baths can all help reduce your energy consumption in the home.
As I’ve already said you and I alone can’t change the world in which we live but hopefully by changing a few small things each we can make an impact that will help shape a better place for generations to come. Have you already changed things at home to help the environment or are there things you’re planning to change? If so, I’d love to hear all about it.
*This is a collaborative post*