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How To Start Being Eco Friendly

How To Start Being Eco Friendly using 10 EASY ways that you probably won't even notice and are super easy to switch to and try!!






  1. Switch to eco friendly laundry capsules instead of buying ones in tonnes of PLASTIC packaging!! Smol is really great and i've been washing with them for over two years now - find a local refill store for lovely refill fabric conditioner if you want a bit of oomph in there too.

SMOL- LAUNDRY CAPSULES

2.

If you bleed, switching to reusable period pads is SUCH a good way to cut waste AND money. They seem expensive but actually £3-5 a month on sanitary products soon adds up. Sure, it probably feels bit messy to start with but it's not hard to rinse lightly in your sink without touching anything else and then pop it in the wash. I also sleep better at night knowing that my rogue sanitary towel doesn't add to the 100s and 1000s in huge heaps of landfill. I use DAME and have never looked back- your kit also comes with a little bag so you can change when you're out without a problem.


DAME

Other brands:







3. HANDWASH!!! I've usually used refill stations for this which is fab, but Splosh, Smol and many others are great in this department too. I've started using Neat, as I used it at a friend's house and fell in love with the scent of the Sweet Rose Water Handwash. It's also in a really beautiful aluminium bottle with rubber base.

Sweet Rose Water

4. Check your water usage!! Type in 'free water saving devices' and your county. In some cases you can get loads of things to help and check if anything is also leaking, wasting water.

For South East Water click here



5.

Who Gives A Crap

Switch to plastic free toilet roll in bulk - like Who Gives A Crap, Naked Sprout or Bumboo

These companies either plant trees to combat deforestation or help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. It's good to do good and also makes a difference switching such a simple household thing.





6. Switch all of your bulbs to LED! Whether it's a pendant or a lamp, it makes a lot of difference in your energy cost and also the emission. Converting to LED lights: everything you need to know


"If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg (50kg in NI) a year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by driving your car around 145 miles" - Energy Saving Trust



7.

UpCircle

Switch tonnes of your toiletries to gorgeous ones with reusable packaging or sustainable ingredients.


I swear by UpCircle face serum, and I've just started using facial exfoliator by Wideye.


Barbelo also sell beautiful products and the sleep serum is my favourite.


Ecovibe is a FANTASTIC place to start and switch up tonnes of everyday household products as well as skincare.











8.


Use refill stores for pantry goods to avoid plastic packaging and grocers and farm shops for fruit and veg without plastic. Honestly, you'd be surprised how much plastic waste you get through buying packets of pasta, rice or fruit and vegetables. The packaging is really very unnecessary and can be avoided by making these switches.






9. Ditch single use bags or wasting money buying bags in shops! Get yourself a nice tote bag or shopping bag that is memorable and will make you enjoy bagging up your shopping.


"The biggest positive of reusable bags is that their use cuts down on the amount of litter on land and in the ocean. Studies have found that bans on plastic bags in cities in the United States and Europe have decreased the amount of plastic litter in nearby waters"- National Geographic



10. Learn about ethical fashion!

Repair and reuse clothing and recycle clothes you no longer want by selling them on or using Thrift Plus or Vinted or donating them to charity. Keep an eye out for greenwashing and make sure you aren't lured in by sustainable style marketing for what is essentially fast fashion. Start shopping secondhand and vintage to only buy what's already been made and here.


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