How to be more eco friendly at home in 2020
Updated: Jul 17
Welcome to our #sustainabilitytips blog! Every Friday we'll share simple tips we can all easily do, to create a better impact on our planet 🌍
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Tip #1 - Buy rechargeable batteries
It takes 50 times more energy to make a battery, than the power you actually get from the battery! Switch to rechargeable batteries and use them until they're 100% empty before recharging. Want to go a step further... recharge via solar!
Tip #2 - Double check all rubbish
70% of our black bin rubbish that ends up in landfill, could have been recycled! From paper, plastics, bottles and cans, we can all do more to reduce how much waste ends up wasted. So before you put anything in the black bin, read it. Can it be recycled?
Tip #3 - Change your wet wipes
Wet wipes for skin or cleaning the house have become popular. Despite being labeled as 'flushable,' most contain plastic and don't break down easily like toilet paper. When we flush them, the plastic parts cause blockages and fatbergs in sewers.
Impact - 3,000 U.K homes are flooded each year because of these blockages, costing £90m to repair. Blocked sewers also means untreated 💩runs straight into our environment.
Hope! Loads of eco friendly, affordable versions already exist. Here are some: https://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/beauty/organic-natural/best-ecofriendly-alternatives-to-wet-wipes-a3838076.html
Tip #4 - Wash your clothes in a microfibre washing bag
35% of microplastics (produced by microfibres) in the ocean, come from washing our clothes! The particles are invisible to us, usually less than 5mm.
Impact - The water we use to wash our clothes goes to a treatment centre, the microfibres are too small to be filtered out and are washed straight into our rivers, streams & oceans. Killing both life in the water and life on land.
Hope! We can all do something about it, by simply putting our clothes in a bag that traps the microfibres, easy! Here's an example from TALA: https://www.wearetala.com/products/fibre-filter-bag or just type microfibre washing bag into search.
Tip #5 - Buy organic clothes
60% of our clothes are made from plastic, seriously. Synthetic fibres like polyester, nylon, acrylic, are all forms of plastic.
Impact: To get these synthetic fibres (plastics) in the first place requires... fossil fuels. Yup! Petroleum, oil and coal. We all know what they're doing to our planet. Our post last week showed the impact these materials have when we wash our clothes.
Hope! There are plenty of clothes made from natural materials that don't have this impact. All we need to do is stop & check the tag before we buy. Organic cotton, organic hemp, organic linen... all good. Here are some more: https://goodonyou.eco/most-sustainable-fabrics/
Tip #6 - Change your plastic tea bags! We're sorry to break this news, most tea bags are sealed using plastic!
Impact: It may seem small, though when you add up 6bn cups of tea per year in the U.K alone, it equals 150 tons of plastic waste. This waste contaminates compost heaps or ends up in landfill.
Hope! A growing number of brands are turning to sustainable tea bags. You can check some out here: https://www.independent.co.uk/…/best-plastic-free-tea-bags-… Drink responsibly ☕️
Tip #7 - No disposable razors
Cheap, effortless, replaceable... it's not sounding great. In the U.K 5.5 million people use them each year. In the U.S, 2 billion of them are thrown out each year. That's too much plastic.
Impact: The absolute majority of these razors are made from single use plastics. Meaning they can't be recycled, instead they release toxins in landfill, or end up in the ocean.
Hope! There are plenty of alternatives. Whilst most are more expensive, it's about long term use & doing your bit for our planet. If not an electric shaver, here are eco friendly options, just don't choose disposable: https://www.peacewiththewild.co.uk/product-category/skincare/shaving/
Tip #8 - Buy healthier, safer tampons
It takes 1 tampon longer to degrade than the lifespan of the women who wears it. On average, a woman will use over 11,000 disposable, one-time-use menstrual products in her lifetime.
Impact: Tampons, pads & panty liners along with their packaging, generate over 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic – in fact, pads are around 90% plastic!
Firstly, your health - Tampons & sanitary pads are considered a "medical device" so the ingredients don’t have to be listed on the label or disclosed by the company.
The materials used to make your tampons are often farmed & produced using harsh pesticides, chemicals and plastics - absorbed into your body when you use tampons.
Secondly, the environment - 200,000 tonnes of waste per year is a lot of plastic that doesn't disappear & lays dormant, polluting our air and oceans.
Hope! There are plenty of other affordable options for a much safer and environmentally friendly period. Check some out here: https://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/health-fitness/best-sustainable-period-products-a4193061.html#gsc.tab=0
Tip #10 - Use this link to find local recycling centres
Most of us mainly recycle convenient items like cereal boxes, donating clothes, empty cartons. What do you do with the items that take more effort like batteries, paint & old toys?
It's easy to find places in your community, to take these items. One of our favourites is www.recycle-more.co.uk
Just select the item you have, put your post code in & boom! Locations in your community will come up, ready to take the items off your hands.
A bit more effort, gives a lot more reward. To you, your community & our planet. 🌍
Tip #11 - Think of new ways to reuse
We all know this phrase... The small things make a big difference. Though why? Because it's about our mindset. Giving your used items a new life is important. These small steps encourage us to think more regularly about the environment & other people take notice.
Yesterday, my candle burned out. Today, it's become a used tea bag holder. Have a look around your home, the next time something comes to the end of it's original purpose, how can you give it a new life?
Tip #12 - Watch these inspiring talks
We have access to more resources than ever before. Taking action is really important, though equally, so is learning.
We've gathered a series of Ted Talks, inspiring & helping us to understand sustainability in completely new ways. Most are under 15 mins: https://www.ted.com/topics/green
Take some time for yourself to learn this week.
Tip#13 - Plant trees! What to do: Plant tree's in our last remaining tropical rainforests or donate a small amount regularly to protect them. You can do this through sites like www.treedom.net or www.coolearth.org What its impactful: Reforestation is THE MOST cost effective way to limit global warming. Tropical rainforests play a much bigger part in our planets water & air cycle, so they are incredibly efficient at extracting carbon.
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Have a wonderful day! ✌️🌍
Green Revolt team.