Environment,  Home interiors and gardening

8 ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle

If you’ve had enough of living in a wasteful way and are looking for ways to live an eco-friendlier life, we have some top tips to get you started!

1.      Recycle more and use less paper

We’re very reliant on digital technology these days, so it’s easy to go without using a piece of paper. The less paper you use, the less that needs to be produced which means more trees get the chance to grow and prosper. By recycling just a short ton of paper, you can save nearly 20 mature trees.

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2.      Say no to plastic bags

More shops offer alternatives to plastic and paper bags, like canvas. A canvas bag might cost a little more to buy, it’s going to last you a long time. Canvas is sturdier and can hold more things. You can also reuse your canvas bag over and over again.

3.      Start your own compost bin or pile

Compost bins have become hugely popular in the last little while, and rightfully so. Not only do they reduce waste by allowing to reuse things you’d normally throw away, they can also save you money while helping your plants grow better. There’s no need to buy any expensive equipment, either, just start your own compost in your garden.

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4.      Think about light bulbs

If all your light bulbs still work, don’t run and replace them. But the next time you do need to replace a bulb, opt for an eco-friendlier brand. Choose compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs that are designed to last as much as five times longer and use a great deal less electricity than the usual household incandescent bulbs. They’re also brighter, so it’s an all-round win!

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5.      Choose cloth instead of paper

Rather than rushing off to buy rolls of paper towels, cut up old t-shirts and other clothes to use as rags. You were probably going to throw the old clothes out, anyway, so save some money and be more environmentally friendly at the same time!

6.      Save energy at home

There are tons of way to cut back on energy usage at home. It will also result in lower utility bills! Lower your thermostat in the winter and raise it again in summer. You can also:

  • Unplug all appliance when they’re not in use
  • Wash clothes on cold settings
  • Use a clothesline to dry clothing
  • Switch off lights when you’re not in a room

7.      Cut back on water waste

You can also live a more environmentally friendly life by using less water and cutting down on the bottled water purchases you make. Try to:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Install a low-flow showerhead
  • Cut back on bottled water
  • Purchase a water filter

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8.      Recycle the car

Believe it or not, recycling your car is a huge way to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. You might already be on the hunt for a more gas-friendly vehicle. If so, consider donating your car to a charity that will auction it off and put the donations to good use.

These 8 tips can help you on your way to helping the planet!

 

9 Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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3 Comments

  • Kim Carberry

    I didn’t think I was that eco friendly but I already do some of these things. I am all for using canvas and reusable bags. The Tesco delivery men hate me because I get my shopping delivered without bags so I take forever to take everything out of their boxes. hehehe

  • leannelc

    We don’t use plastic bags any more (the stores have been banned from supplying them in Australia) and I’m very frugal with our electricity and water – we have solar panels on our roof and that makes a HUGE difference to our energy consumption from the grid. I should look into my paper usage – I do love my paper towels 🙂

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