31 ways YOU can help save the planet (one for every day of the month!)

31 ways YOU can help save the planet (one for every day of the month!)

31 ways YOU can help save the planet (1 for every day of the month!)

Want to help save the planet? YES you do!

Expert Home Tips are on a mission to make 2018 our most eco-friendly year yet - will you join us?

We've gathered 31 extremely easy, effective ways to become more eco-friendly (one for every day of the month).

1. Join the Meat Free Monday brigade

meat free monday recipe ideas
Check our Meat Free Monday recipes for some tasty inspiration!

Are you familiar with Meat Free Monday? This was an initiative set up to encourage people to eat less meat and reduce the impact of the livestock industry on the environment.

It's an easy way to do your bit each week, whilst also practising your cooking skills and trying some new flavours! Have a look at our amazing Meat Free Monday recipes for some inspiration.

2. Cut down on your energy usage, effortlessly!

If you want to be more eco-friendly, but find yourself lacking the motivation, listen to this:

Turning your heating down by just 1°C could save you an incredible £85 a year! Now that's definitely worth doing.

3. Is the dishwasher environmentally friendly

Now this one's a welcome surprise - turns out the dishwasher is actually more environmentally friendly than washing dishes by hand - who'd have thought it?!

Just make sure it's full before you put it on.

4. Ditch the tumble drier

laundry line tips
 This will save you so much time! ©Pixabay

Sorry folks, but if you really want to save on electricity and be more environmentally-friendly, you're going to have to ditch the tumble drier.

Get yourself a washing line hung up in the utility room or even over the bath and you'll be able to get laundry dry all year round.

5. How to be more eco-friendly when food shopping

Plastic. We all know it's bad, yet we continue to load our shopping trollies up with the stuff during every weekly shop.

It's time to stop.

Next time you're at the supermarket, pick loose produce wherever possible and don't bother with a plastic bag at all.

6. Are straws bad for the environment

Single-use straws are extremely bad for the environment. If you want to be more eco-friendly when sipping on your favourite cocktail, opt for a metal or paper straw.

Better still, ditch the straw completely!

7. Try a charity shop

charity shop oxfam
You'll be surprised what bargains you can find hiding inside! ©Geograph

Charity shops - once you've tried them, you won't go back. Not only are they an extremely cheap way of kitting yourself out, but they save perfectly good clothes from going to waste.

Benefits for you, and our lovely planet!

8. Slash your shower time

How long is your average shower? Five minutes? Seven at a push?

Wrong!

The average shower in the UK is actually a rather shocking nine minutes, and makes up around 12% of our total water usage. Cut yours down today to do your budget some good, and be more environmentally-friendly too.

9. Air dry your hair to save electricity

Do you really need to use a hair dryer? Air-drying is not only better for the environment, but better for your hair too.

The heat will dry out your hair and leave it looking frazzled and split over time.

10. Why it's better to walk

walk to work
Reduce your environmental footprint by walking! ©Pixabay

Have you checked your step count recently? The recommended daily amount is 10,000 steps.

If that's not incentive enough to walk into town as opposed to hopping in the car, think of all the good you'll be doing the environment. Fewer cars = less CO2 emissions = a happier planet!

11. Bring your own coffee cup

Got a bit of a take-out coffee habit? In Britain we drink more than eight million takeaway coffees every day! Just imagine all those empty coffee cups...

An easy way to be more eco-friendly every day is to take your own coffee cup. Not only will your reduce your carbon footprint, but most coffee shops now offer a discount when you do!

It's a win-win.

12. Water plants in the morning/evening

When it comes to saving the planet, every little helps.

Even the way you water your plants can have an impact on your carbon footprint. For best results, water them first thing in the morning, or late in the evening to prevent water loss via evaporation.

13. Meal planning

meal prep environmentally friendly
Planning makes things MUCH easier!

If you don't meal plan already, it's hide time you started.

Meal planning is worth doing for convenience alone, but if you add to that the money you'll save, and the reduction in waste, it seems silly not to try it!

Learn the ins and outs of meal prep today with my guide, Why YOU need to meal prep & how to get started.

14. Be more eco-friendly on your travels

Time to dust off your old bike and get yourself back out on two wheels again. There's something so satisfying about feeling the wind blowing through your hair.

Get an adrenaline rush and reduce carbon emissions by hopping on your bik einstead of in the car for your next short trip.

15. Why bags for life are the best

bag for life benefits
They look pretty too!

There was reasoning behind that 5p plastic bag levy - our usage of them has dropped by more than 85% since it's introduction! Pretty impressive, huh?

If you're still yet to get on board, now's your chance. Investing in a lovely, bag for life is an easy way to be more eco-friendly every time you shop.

16. Is natural cleaning better for the environment?

If you follow our blog regularly, you'll know we're big into our natural cleaning. Not only is it often much cheaper, but eliminates the chance of harsh chemicals in standard cleaning products from damaging the environment.

Make 2018 the year you give natural cleaning a go. Want some inspiration? Try our article, 17 natural ways to clean your lovely home.

17. Learn to sew

how to sew
Everyone should know how to reattach a button.

I'm not saying you have to be a seamstress, but having a few, basic sewing skills is always a good idea.

Knowing a few basic repair techniques will mean you can prolong the life of your clothes, reduce waste, and buy less.

18. Are cotton buds bad for the environment?

Believe it or not, there's a whole website dedicated to ending plastic cotton bud pollution - Switch The Stick.

The problem with cotton buds is not just that they're made of plastic, it's their size. They're small enough to slip through sewage filters, which explains why they make up over 60% of beach litter.

It's time for you to switch the stick too! Make 2018 a year of paper-only cotton buds.

19. Save your gift bags & paper for later

There's no doubt that wrapping paper looks pretty, but it can be such a waste. All that paper for just a few minutes of pleasure!

If you still want your presents to look pretty without impacting on the environment, save your paper and bags from gifts you receive.

If you open presents carefully enough, nine times out of ten the paper will still be useable thereafter.

20. Use eco-friendly lighting

Make a vow that every time a bulb goes in 2018, you'll replace it with an eco-friendly alternative.

These use less electricity, so you'll be saving on your bills too.

21. Switch to paperless bills

Speaking of bills, an easy change to make to reduce your carbon footprint is switching to online bills.

If you're unsure how to do this, your bank, electricity supplier and other providers will be more than happy to assist you.

22. Consider carpooling

carpooling environmentally friendly
Have you ever considered carpooling? ©RobinsAirForceBase

Some days it's nice to sit back, and let someone else do the driving. That's where carpooling comes in!

Why not have a chat with some of your colleagues, and see if you can alternate the drive in to work? You'll save on petrol, and reduce both of your environmental impacts too.

23. Turn off the electric (at the sockets)

Turning off your computer and unplugging your phone is all well and good, but if they're still plugged in at the sockets, electricity will continue to travel along the wires.

Turn your electrics off at the wall to prevent them from using juice when they're not in use.

24. Don't just recycle, recycle well!

Already recycle? Great stuff! However, did you know, if you're not recycling properly, it could ruin all your efforts.

This year, make a vow to recycle as best you can. Ensure all your plastics, tin, paper and whatever else go in the right bin to ensure they can be sucessfully turned into something new.

25. Eat raw

beetroot hummus recipe
Eat the rainbow!

No, I'm not talking grass. Believe it or not, raw meals can actually be extremely delicious. 

With no energy involved in the cooking process, and the use of only fruit and vegetables, raw meals are seriously eco-friendly.

Head over to Rawberry Fields to get your hands on some scrummy recipes.

26. How to be more eco-friendly at lunchtime

Packed lunches may be convenient, but the packaging seems such a waste when you could make it without at home.

A few days a week (or every day, if you can!)take your own sandwich into work. Pop it into a reusable plastic bag, and you'll do both your wallet and the planet a favour.

27. Wash on 30°C

Did you know, most detergents now are so powerful that you really needn't wash any higher than 30°C, especially for clothes-washes.

Wash at 30° and use around 40% less electricity than washing at 60°C.

28. Go to the market

market stand guildford
You'll save SO much plastic at the market.

Skip the supermarket!

The average item of fresh food travels an incredible 1,500 miles to get to our dinner table. 

Shopping locally, at Farmer's Markets or local Greengrocer's, is a much more environmentally friendly way of shopping. Not to mention how much better it will taste!

29. Print on both sides

Reducing your carbon footprint doesn't have to be all about big changes.

Small things, like printing on both sides of the paper, will all help to reduce your resource-usage.

30. Take the bus

When was the last time you got on a bus? Relive your teenage years, and go by bus not car next time you're popping into town.

You'll save on parking, stress and do the environment some good too.

31. Start a compost heap

compost heap environmental benefits
Do your bit! ©WikiCommons

Composting isn't just good for the environment, but your garden too. It saves water, reduces waste and gives your plants and flowers a nutritional boost.

How are you going to make 2018 your most eco-friendly year yet? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Stephanie C

Editor

Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Anita Stone on May 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    What a great article! I decided to try to change at least one more thing this year, so I've switched to using shampoo bars rather than shampoo from a plastic bottle. Apart from the saving on plastic, there are some options that are also less toxic to the environment. I'm really enjoying using mine now and won't switch back. I think one of the best win win switch most people could make is move to having their milk delivered to the door in glass bottles rather than buying it in plastic containers from shops. It is so insanely convenient and saves on a huge amount of plastic. Where else would you have a fresh product delivered to the door so cheaply!

    1. Author Stephanie C on May 29, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Hi Anita, Thanks a lot for your kind comment! How are the shampoo bars? I can't say I've ever tried them. I love the milk bottle idea - there's also something so charming about having a milk van deliver to your door!

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  2. Author Amabda Tidey on May 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Recycling present wrapping. I make fabric gift bags for birthday and christmas presents which are then re-used next year, some have already done 3 christmas's.

    1. Author Stephanie C on May 29, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Hi Amabda, This is a wonderful idea - we'd love to see photos!

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