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9 everyday eco-friendly swaps

Posted: 27/05/2023

People are becoming increasingly conscious about their impact on the environment, but it can be difficult to know how to begin living more sustainably and reduce your environmental footprint.

Making eco-friendly changes in your life can seem daunting but there are so many ways you can reduce your plastic consumption. Help protect our planet by switching out everyday plastic products for eco-friendly alternatives.

Eco-friendly products are better for the environment. As they are often made from sustainable materials, they are less likely to end up going to landfill. Plus, they can be more cost-effective in the long run.

Here are 10 easy everyday swaps you can make to live more sustainably and reduce your environmental impact.

  1. Instead of buying plastic bags every time you go shopping, start using reusable shopping bags. You can get some that fold into a pouch which is great for keeping in your handbag or car, especially if you tend to forget to pick a bag up before you leave the house.
  2. Take your own water bottle or travel mug out with you. Many coffee shops will fill up your bottle or mug instead of using a disposable cup - some places will even give you a discount or reward for doing this.
  3. Switch out your cleaning products for more eco-friendly alternatives. Cleaning products with natural ingredients are typically kinder on your skin and home, as well as the environment. You could even try your hand at making your own cleaning solutions using everyday items such as vinegar and baking soda.
  4. Replace plastic and disposable items with more sustainable items. Swap plastic toothbrushes and straws for bamboo alternatives to help reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Switch out fabric oven mitts for silicone ones, and disposable razors for a safety razor, which will last longer.
  5. When the time comes for buying new appliances, choose more energy-efficient ones. This will not only help the planet but also help to keep energy bills down.
  6. If you often get around by car, consider travelling by foot, push bike, or public transport instead, whenever possible, to help reduce your carbon footprint and its impact on the environment.
  7. Consider getting a smart or programmable thermostat if you do not already own one. They are relatively easy to install and can save you money on energy and heating costs.
  8. Buy in bulk whenever possible to reduce packaging waste and carbon emissions. This can also save you money in the long run, and also save you time as you will not have to shop as much.
  9. Grow your own produce at home instead of buying it all in. You cannot get fresher herbs, fruit, and vegetables than those you grow at home or on a local allotment. You will then be able to just pick what you need when you need it, and it will last longer, resulting in less food waste. The lack of packaging will also mean there will be reduced plastic waste.

These are just some of the ways you can have a more positive impact on our planet. There are so many eco-friendly changes you can make to help the environment, lead a more sustainable lifestyle, save money, and improve your health.