I know we’re 2 weeks into the New Year and it’s a bit late for New Years Resolutions but since it’s the first Tuesday’s Tip of the year I thought why not share some fab tips to help you become a bit more Eco-friendly, Green and I’ll even throw in a few health tips. This is more to help you guys that would like to become a bit more conscious and green but don’t really know where to start.
It can feel overwhelming and trust me, I had absolutely no idea where to start but you know what? Just changing a few things and starting small can make all the difference so I thought I’d share 10 with you today.
1. Bring Your Own Shopping Bags
This is one of the first things that I found was an easy step to change, I think spending money on a single plastic bag each shop is such a waste and is also bad for the environment and nature. I think a lot of people that saw Blue Planet 2 realised the damage plastic bags have and cause and it’s not good. Yes, it may cost you a couple of quid to buy a reusable bag but there’s so many nice ones out there to choose from and they look so much cuter. I always keep my shopping bags in the car and a couple of little ones in my handbag. I have to say I do love a good tote bag, they store so much easier too.
2. Go Green & Clean With Your Beauty Products
This is another really easy step and it may seem overwhelming at first but that doesn’t mean you have to throw out your current products and replace them with new ones. As you run out slowly replace with a greener, cleaner alternative. There’s so many fantastic brands out there that sell much greener products and you’ll be surprised that you can also do it on a budget. Your skin and body will love you for it. You have to remind yourself that what you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream and if your products have harsh chemicals in them you have to think about what long term damage are you doing?? I really started thinking about this and then realised the sort of things I’d been putting on the munchkin when he was a baby, needless to say I no longer use a lot of products on him and certainly won’t be on the new baby. You can download a couple of apps to get your started, they will also give you an idea of what ingredients to avoid.
3. Buying Yourself A Water Bottle Or Travel Cup
This is also a really good one, I have to say I have definitely reduced the amount of plastic bottles and coffee shop takeaway cups I use and buy. If I’m out and about I make sure I’ve got a full water bottle along with my travel cup, let’s face it you never know when you might fancy a coffee. There’s so many out there and you can even get bamboo ones. To encourage us to use them some coffee shops will give you a discount on your drink, who doesn’t want to save a bit of money?? There’s also lots of water bottles you can choose from too, I like the ones that encourage you to drink more and those cool bottles that keep drinks hot or cold for 12 hours. I will be doing a post about these in a future post so won’t go into too much detail.
This is another really easy one, I’ve started to get the OH into the habit of recycling which is a massive step especially since he’s the type of person that would just throw everything in the bin. Ideally you want to reduce and reuse as much waste as possible but I think recycling is a good start. Before you throw anything away think about if it can be reused for something else, I use those big glass candle containers you can get and after a really good wash I store my cotton pads in them, rice, pasta just about anything goes with those and they look really cute. Look around and you’ll soon find you’re way and start seeing things differently within the house.
5. Opting For Local and More Organic Food
Yes, going organic can be a little more pricey but I’m so glad I go organic where I can especially with fruit and veg. You can find organic everywhere if you look even in some of your tinned food. The fact that you’re not only putting chemical free foods into your body but my gosh you can actually taste the difference in the foods. If you’re unsure where to start try a delivery service like Abel & Cole. They do some fantastic weekly boxes and you can buy your weeks shop there too and it all gets delivered to your door. It’s a fab service. It’s not that hard either, you will find it everywhere. Even supporting local markets and businesses. It also promotes a healthy economic environment for your local farmers to grow, which in turn leads to a better care of your local farms, lands and vegetation, which is always a good, sustainable idea.
6. Cooking From Scratch
I absolutely LOVE cooking, meal planning and prepping, such an easy way to reduce food waste and it helps you to think about what you’re eating. Making sure you have a good balanced diet. You’ll be surprised what you can turn into a tasty meal. Having a plan helps to make your shopping list for the week, then you can just go and buy what you need from your list without the temptation of adding things that wont get eaten and will end up being thrown away or adding those “treats” that you really don’t need.
7. Make Ethical Fashion Choices
This is something I’ve been looking more into lately and is something that can be done, avoiding fast fashion. So no more shopping in those cheap clothes that mass sell items. Instead look for an ethical alternative or even head to your local charity shops, you’ll be surprised at what bargains and great clothes you will find. Since being pregnant I’ve really not bothered to buy too many maternity clothes and have bought a few cheap pieces (yes from one of those fast fashion shops, like primark) that I can either pass on when I’m done or cut up and use as cloths to clean my windows or even the bathroom. I can’t stand throwing clothes away, if someone else can use them I’d rather give them away. I’ve found a couple of great brands so far but this is something I will be working on throughout the year.
8. Making Your Own Chemical Free Household Cleaning Products
Household products are another one of those things that contain harsh chemicals and you can save so much money when you make your own. You might even be surprised that you’ll already have certain things in your cupboards already. I’ve got 2 fab books that I’ve been reading and I’ve started making my own cleaning products. Not only is the house free from harsh chemicals but it actually smells so much cleaner and fresher. Lemon, Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar are the staples you will need for most things but if you have a look on google or grab a couple of books you’ll be surprised how easy it is. If you’d rather buy then make your own look at smaller brands like The Humblestuff, The Eco Egg and Bio D. You’ll find some fab brands out there.
9. Walk, Cycle or Use Public Transport
Where possible why not leave your car at home?? I have to say I never learnt to drive so I’ve always walked everywhere or gotten the bus. I really love a good walk and it’s such a fab way of keeping fit too. If you can’t walk then why not cycle?? You’ll be surprised how much money you can save from not using the car and walking and cycling are both free. You will see the benefits to not only your health but if you do need a little weight loss then what a fab way to do it. Just being out in the fresh air is so good for your mental health and puts you in such a good mood. I love just going for a little walk around even if it’s to take the dog. Using public transport or even carpooling are better alternatives if you have a long journey to take.
10. Ditching Single Use Straws
For my last tip, and this is a good one if you have children that can’t have a drink without a straw. Invest in some stainless steel or even bamboo straws. We LOVE our bamboo straws and I even take them when we’re out because they do come with travel pouches and last so much longer, yes you can buy paper straws but not everywhere will recycle them and again they’re single use. I’ve written a post about our Bamboo Straws here. Go have a little read and see what you think.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this posts and my tips will helps you on your way to a much more greener, cleaner and Eco-friendly 2019! Let me know if you have any other tips.
What do you think of my tips?? Have you started any?? Would you give any of these a try?? Please do let me know, I love hearing from you and reading your comments.
Lots of Love