60 EASY Eco-friendly Tips
Being more eco-friendly can be difficult, it’s not always obvious what the most eco-friendly choices are, they can often be more expensive and even inaccessible to most. But it doesn’t have to be that way, there are plenty of ways you can start off on a path to being more sustainable without it feeling like much effort.
Some of these swaps may seem small but they soon add up, before long you’ll be a fully fledged eco-hero!
Lets check them out:
- Bring your reusable bags when you go out shopping and you could save from using over 100 disposable plastic carrier bags a year.
- Take public transport or carpool when commuting to work.
- Buy clothes second hand instead of purchasing brand new.
- Recycle any plastic items you do accumulate where possible.
- Switch from plastic floss to eco-friendly biodegradable floss.
- Take your reusable water bottle with you whenever you leave the house.
- Make your own toothpaste.
- Ditch disposable cutlery, bring cutlery with you when you’re out and about.
- Swap plastic packaged shampoo and shower gel for plastic-free bars.
- Say no to receipts when you’re out and about, opt for e-receipts if they're available.
- Switch from paper bills to paperless and receive them via email.
- Bring a reusable coffee cup if you’re going to get coffee on the go.
- Replace your manual plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.
- Swap every day cleaners for white vinegar and baking soda.
- Store your food in airtight containers and keep refrigerated to reduce spoilage.
- Travel less by plane, consider a “holistay” and stay local.
- Swap toxic disposable cling wrap for eco-friendly wax wraps.
- Reduce meat consumption, meat-free mondays can be a great place to start.
- Swap paper towels for cloth scraps or reusable cloths.
- Compost your food scraps.
- Ditch plastic-ridden tea bags and opt for loose leaf instead.
- Make and box up your own food for work instead of buying plastic packaged food when you’re out.
- Swap plastic straws for reusable straws or sip plastic-free.
- Swap plastic sponges and cloths for natural loofahs.
- Regrow vegetables at home for seeds and vegetable scraps.
- Re-stitch and repair clothes instead of throwing them away.
- Use wool ball dryers if you use a dryer for your clothes.
- Swatch tungsten bulbs for more energy efficient LED bulbs.
- Make your own homemade detergent using horse chestnuts.
- Use cloth napkins instead of disposable paper napkins
- Drive less and walk more.
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth.
- Swap traditional bin bags for biodegradable bin bags.
- Take shorter showers, try showering in the time it takes to listen to your favourite song.
- Swab disposable makeup wipes (which are full of plastic) for reusable cloths or makeup rounds.
- If you’re a reader buy second hand books first, e-readers are good but it’s not that clear cut if they’re better than books.
- Unplug appliances if they’re not on use, even on standby or if they’re off they can draw on power.
- If you’re gifting consider giving experiences over stuff.
- Use reusable containers for storing food instead of disposable food containers.
- Ditch fast fashion, consider setting up a capsule wardrobe and dressing minimally.
- Use sites like freecycle to give old items a new lease of life and donate stuff you don’t want to a new home.
- If you have pets use biodegradable litter.
- Vow to buy less stuff every month to stop yourself over consuming. Use the money you’ve saved to purchase experiences for yourself or loved ones!
- Join a local beach cleaning team and help clear up plastic trash from our beaches, every piece of plastic removed from the environment is a potential hazard removed.
- Replace plastic packaged moisturisers for natural alternatives such as coconut oil.
- Say no to flyers, leaflets and other handouts.
- Avoid greenwashing companies, give your hard earned cash to environmentally conscious companies who have ethics and the environment front of mind.
- If you want to buy something new wait 30 days and see if you still want it, if not chances are it’s something you don’t really need.
- Replace your disposable plastic razors with a reusable safety razor.
- Decorate your house with indoor plants to keep the air quality high and even reduce stress!
- Portion your food properly to avoid food waste, don't over serve.
- Add a water saving attachment to your taps and shower head to save on water.
- Make sure your home is insulated to reduce energy wastage through heat escaping.
- Keep a bucket under your shower head whilst you wait for it to heat up and use that water to flush your toilet or water your plants.
- Use your vegetable peelings to make a vegetable stock.
- Vegetable trimmings and seeds can be planted to grow your own veg at home.
- Where you can read magazines, newspapers and other publications online or on your phone.
- Plant your garden to make it wildlife friendly.
- Use your best judgement to decide whether or not food is suitable for eating, use by and best by dates are just advisory.
- Spread the message, multiply your eco-friendly efforts by getting friends and family involved!
There we have it, 60 easy eco-friendly tips you can use to become an eco-hero and in your own way make the world a better place!
Do you have any more tips to share? Comment below with some of your favourite eco-friendly tips.
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