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I consider myself incredibly lucky to live in truly beautiful part of the UK. Norfolk is full of picturesque views, stunning beaches and intriguing wildlife. I’ve always taught the kids to refrain from littering and they both adore nature. Unfortunately being eco-friendly is no longer as simple as not leaving the TV on stand-by and picking up litter. Living sustainably has become something most of us are striving to achieve. Preserving Earth’s natural resources is easier than you think. Why don’t you start with using alternatives to plastic?
There are hundreds of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Today I thought I’d share some of the changes I have made in an effort to be more eco-friendly – I know I can do more, but this is a good place to start if you haven’t already!
Until recently, the compost bin that had been left in our garden by the previous tenants had gone unused and ignored. If I’m honest, I wasn’t 100% sure what I’d gain from using it, but I’m so glad I did some research and started composting. Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Composting biodegrades organic waste such as vegetable peelings, fruit skins and grass cuttings – various microorganisms break down organic matter to create compost which is fantastic for plant growth.
Why send compostable waste to landfill when you can compost it? Composting is not only good for your garden, it also reduces how much waste you send away with the bin men. It’s a lengthy process, but a process that is worthwhile. Mia and Theo are fascinated by how the compost bin works and they love putting things in it.
Charity shop, not tip.
We all love a good clear out. Nothing beats getting rid of things we no longer use or need and creating space for something new and exciting. I love having a clear out once or twice a year, but the amount of belongings I part with has the capability to have a huge impact on our environment.
Instead of sending everything away to the local tip without a second thought, I now make a consious effort to separate my waste into two piles. Everything that is broken or can’t be of any use elsewhere goes in the tip pile. Everything that still has purpose or could be beneficial to another goes in a pile for the charity shop. By donating to the charity shop I’m not only reducing how much ends up in landfill, I’m also contributing to charity and allowing someone else to make use of what I couldn’t. It’s surprisingly satisfying!
Swap paper for tech.
I know for many, good old fashioned pen and paper is irreplaceable, but how many lists and plans do you jot down, only to bin it when you are finished? I keep all of my lists on my phone, that way, I can simply delete and avoid creating unnecessary waste.
Frugal food, not fast food.
I’ve always had a habit of cooking lovely homemade meals for the kids, but opting for something quick, easy or delivered for myself. Lately I’ve made a consious effort to ignore the temptation to order a takeaway or opt for a bowl of super-noodles. Instead I batch cook meals to freeze or incorporate the children’s leftovers into an evening meal that I can enjoy once they are asleep. Both myself and the environment benefit!
Eco-friendly cleaning products.
If you haven’t discovered eco-friendly cleaning products yet then where have you been? Nowadays there is a huge range of eco-friendly products available for use around our homes that are just as good as branded options containing a phlefora of chemicals. Method cleaning products (aff) are my favourite, there is a product suitable for all of your cleaning needs and each and every one smells incredible. Method products are 100% cruelty free and made with natural plant based ingredients.
If you are concerned about how well eco-friendly products work, then let me reassure you that every single Method product I have used has worked just as well, if not better, than the potent and often bleach containing sprays I used previously. Method products are available in most large supermarkets here in the UK so why don’t you give them a try?