Ok, Ok, I know these baby steps are not going to single handedly save the planet however I recently read somewhere that one person going all out on becoming eco friendly wont be as effective as lots of people doing their best to make small changes. I am trying to make changes within our home and lifestyle to be part of that group of people doing our best. That’s why I want to share with you some of the things i’ve changed to become more eco-friendly.
Becoming More Eco-Friendly.
There are a number of ways in which I would love to become more eco-friendly but it takes time and money to make some of these changes.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your planet friendly journey
Tips For A More Eco-Friendly Life
1. Buy less
This is easy to say. However making a conscious decision to only buy what you absolutely need will make an impact Instead of spending money on mindless tat that will only end up in the bin.
2. Water Bottles
For a while now We have had reusable water bottles I drink quite a bit of water and always have a water bottle with me. I try and make sure wherever I go I take my reusable bottle and try to make sure the kids do too.
Wherever possible we Recycle. Using the local kerbside collections but also taking glass to the bottle banks.
Having 4 children we go through a lot of clothes. I’m also trying to cut down on clutter in the house so sometimes I dont want to hold onto clothes for 6 years either. Luckily there is a charity shop close by so often just take things there. We also donate things that we no longer love like household items and decorations. If items are damaged they can then send them in bags to be recycled into rags.
7. Milk Delivery
We Recently Made the switch to a doorstep milk delivery. Using a local Dairy not only reduces the plastic consumption as milk come in glass bottles but also cuts transportation pollution as milk comes from the local area.
6. Plastic waste
As we learn more about the effect plastic has on the earth I feel more inclined to try using less one use plastic. I have had silicone straws for a while. I’m trialling different things to find what we can change as a family on our journey to becoming more eco-friendly .
- Shopping bags – I try and remember to take bag with me when I go shopping. I have a few roll up bags in my handbag and changing bag so that I at least have one or two.
- Toothpaste – Recently I purchased Some Toothpaste that comes in a glass jar however I have sensitive teeth and I think it may be making it worse. I will see how it goes.
- Laundry – After asking on Instagram about eco friendly laundry I have now bought a Laundry egg It’s great for light washing. Tough satins need a little more and for this I’ve opted for Method Laundry liquid. However I think I need to add some essential oils as I like my laundry to smell nice and this just smells wet!
- Sustainable Clothing – One of the big pollutants is fast fashion that’s why I try and use independent makers like Little Drop in the Ocean. I have a long way to go on this though, Its hard when trying to kit out 4 kids as Independent, eco friendly or sustainable clothing can work out really expensive.
- Cloth Wipes – For the most part I have swapped the disposable wet wipes for a more eco friendly version. Cloth wet wipes are easy to use and you can make simple ones from old towels or other similar material.
- Water Bottles – For ages we have each had our own water bottle that can be refilled. I’m never without a water bottle myself so not having disposable plastic bottle is so important.
As mentioned above I have changed my laundry a little. Not only have I got rid of the chemical Laundry detergent but I try and line dry as much as possible. I also use my washer on its lowest temperature dependent on what I’m washing.
8. Natural Sunscreen
We all know that sunscreen is a must during the sunny months but most sun creams are full of chemicals. If Sunscreen is worn at the beach and while swimming in the sea can actually damage marine life. I am trialing an all natural sun cream Shade. Now it does take some getting used to it’s a little thick and has a “natural” smell but im going to be sticking with it for awhile especially when we are at the beach.
Eco Friendly Swaps
If you want see how these eco friendly swaps and habits fit into our family head over to my Insta feed where you can catch us daily in becoming more eco-friendly and other adventures.