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Eco Friendly Home: 5 tips to get you started

Eco home tips

If you’re looking to go green with your home but aren’t sure where to start, look no further!

Here are 5 tips that you can use to make your home more eco friendly.

Buy quality, Buy less

Quality items are generally more expensive, but they're worth it in the long run because you won't have to replace them as often. As the saying goes, buy cheap, pay twice. Saying that, luxury items don't always have to be expensive. there are many smaller brands that compete with, or outmatch, well-known luxury brands.

Scented candles as an example, many customers have said they have purchased supermarket candles in the past which smell great until they're lit and then they soon lose scent. These candles are generally made with lower quality ingredients and less fragrance added than a more expensive candle. Higher quality ingredients will give your candle a long lasting and clean burn. Unlike a smaller brand who make in small batches these candles are mass produced so not every candle gets quality control checked.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You know that recycling is important, but that’s only part of it. Reducing, reusing, and recycling should be a way of life. Reduce by buying products in bulk whenever possible; reuse old glass jars to store pasta, dried foods; Tins with lids can be great to store items in the shed or craft supplies. Give away or sell items you don't need or want anymore, advertise them on social media platforms or in your local area. It may be of great help to someone else and reduces the waste going to landfill.

Reusable Products for Beauty and Grooming

Another way you can be more eco-friendly is to incorporate reusable items into your beauty routine. There are many ways you can do so, why not try switching out disposable razors for a reusable one, buy bamboo toothbrushes rather than plastic, switch to toothpaste tablets, invest in refillable shampoo/body wash bottles and buy refills or ditch the face wipes for a reusable cloth or eco sponge. Just one small change in your beauty habits can make a difference.

Ditch the plastic

Single-use plastics—such as plastic water bottles and plastic utensils, have become a huge environmental hazard. It can take up to 450 years for a single plastic water bottle to decompose in landfill! So swap out those single use plastics for a reusable bottle and travel cup. ( as above with buying quality, buying less ) Buy a reusable bag for shopping to avoid having to purchase lots of plastic bags. Buy products with a more eco friendly packaging, or better still no packaging. Instead of buying plastic products and single use items, swap to eco alternatives like wax food wraps as an alternative to cling film and glass storage containers, glass is infinitely recyclable!

Eco cleaning

Use items you already have at home and save money. Carpet fresheners are popular with many people, but why spend money on a fragranced bicarbonate of soda mix? (This is what smaller brands use) Many people already have this is the cupboard at home so save some money and use your own bicarbonate of soda instead of carpet freshener. Bicarbonate of soda helps neutralise odours and is a safer alternative when you have pets or small children. Simply sprinkle it onto your carpet before vacuuming. This can also be used to eliminate odours from shoes, fridges and bins! Another use is to mix equal parts bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar or lemon with a little water, to make a cleanser for greasy dishes and stubborn stains.

Making your home and life more eco friendly doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, you don’t have to make drastic changes, every little change you make can make a difference.

Here are some additional tips for a more eco friendly home.

  • Composting food scraps - Reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

  • Upcycling furniture - Get creative with old furniture instead of buying new to match your decor give your existing furniture a spruce up with some paint or fabrics.

  • Support local / small businesses - Reduce your carbon footprint by shopping small. Small businesses are often more eco friendly than big corporations.

Let us know your favourite eco swap!



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