10 easy hacks for eco-friendly living

Looking for some eco-friendly lifestyle hacks?  Right this way!

We all want to do our bit by living more sustainably to help the planet, however we know that it sometimes feels difficult to know where to start. But trust us, living an eco-savvy lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated!  Even the smallest of changes to your daily routine can add up and make a big difference.

After doing a bit of research, we’ve pinned down 10 easy eco hacks, which we think everyone can try, to help them to live life a little greener…

1. Another refill please!

We love refill stores - not only do they have pretty much everything you need from food, to beauty to cleaning products, but they’re also helping us to ditch single-use plastics! Head along with a reusable bottle or container and fill up with what you need.

Refill stations are popping up everywhere (YAY!) To see what shops are near you, click here to download the Refill app and join the refill revolution.

2. Creating a home that sparkles

Who doesn’t love returning to a squeaky-clean home? To make cleaning less of a chore and a little more interesting, why not create your own DIY cleaning products? It’s much cheaper too.

It’s time to say goodbye to single-use plastics and harmful chemicals and hello to a spotless home that smells delicious!  For a guide to simple homemade cleaners, visit Good Housekeeping.

3. The art of composting

Everyone can compost (even without a garden), so don’t let anything stop you from reducing food waste. It’ll keep the plants happy too. Win-win. 

A compost bin doesn’t need to take up a huge amount space…from traditional garden compost bins to small countertop bins, there are so many choices out there to suit you and your lifestyle! Unsure on what to compost? Here are some great tips.

4. Bar soap vs liquid soap

Hands up if you thought liquid soap was more hygienic than bar soap…we did too, but Google has proved us wrong! Bar and liquid soap are EQUALLY as effective. So, when you’re next out be sure to pick up a bar of soap rather than heading straight for the plastic dispensers!

5. Become a cloth convert

Ok, so we might be a little biased, but we really do think reusable period pads are the best! They’re planet-friendly, easy to care for and are better for your health with no irritants or nasty substances - just natural fabric that’s kind to the skin.

Did you know, one person will use an average of 12,000 disposable products in their lifetime and each disposable can take up to 500 years to break down ?  These facts always remind us why making the swap from disposables to reusable period pads is totally worth it, not just for health and comfort, but also for the environment.  

Calling all new mums!  Our sister company, TotsBots, creates some super cute and easy to use nappies, including an All-In-One EasyFit, which works in a very similar way to disposables – except it can be used again and again!

Fancy a feel-good fact?  Even if you decide to use just one reusable nappy per day, you will help save 365 from landfill each year! Visit TotsBots to check out their adorable reusable nappy range and to find out more.

6. Saving water

Let’s stop our bad habits from kicking in and work to save water (and our water bills)! Although the Earth is made up of 71% water, fast-forward 50 years and we could be faced with reduced water and struggling wildlife. Current levels of water abstraction from groundwaters and rivers are unsustainable. So, it’s time to take note of some water-saving routines we can all get used to:

  • Keep your singing in the shower sessions down to 5 minutes!
  • Fill the kettle up with the amount of water you need, rather than filling right to the top.
  • Turn the tap off when you’re cleaning your teeth…

Easy!

7. Tupperware *heart eyes*

We all have a soft spot for Tupperware, but have you tried any other planet-friendly alternatives to cling film? We’d like to put the spotlight on reusable organic beeswax wraps and silicone stretch lids; both are kings of the kitchen when it comes to keeping food fresh, whilst being kind to the planet.  

Did you know, more than 1.2 billion metres of single-use cling film is used by households across Britain every year? This spells bad news for the environment as cling film is single-use and non-recyclable. Once in landfill, it takes years to decompose. Like plastic bags, cling film that ends up in the sea is easily confused for jellyfish by marine animals.

8. Booklover?

Booklovers! Help us to reduce paper, carbon emissions and water by swapping books for e-books and audiobooks. They’ll also save you the struggle of carrying around a bag full of books!

Did you know, most libraries have an app so you can loan and reserve e-books and audiobooks for free? We’ve tested out the BorrowBox app and it’s a must try if you haven’t already.

9. Busy as a bee

With the warmer weather here, it’s time to embrace your inner gardener and help the world’s top plant pollinator…the bee. Bees are one of the top players in our ecosystem, so without them, we’d be in a bit of trouble!

If you’re unsure of what pollinator plants are best, here are five top plants for patios or window boxes:

  1. Cosmos Apollo
  2. Dahlia 
  3. Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' 
  4. Lobularia maritima 
  5. Pieris japonica

10. Upcycle!

If you love home DIY projects and saving arts and crafts ideas to your Pinterest and Instagram, you have to try upcycling!   

If you’re stuck for something to do on a washout weekend, creating some quirky décor from unwanted items for yourself, or a bespoke gift for a friend, is a great way to spend a rainy day! We can all agree that receiving a homemade gift feels more special than something that’s been bought.

You could turn an old tin can into a colourful plant pot, a book into a vintage photo frame, or a recycled jar into an artistic candle holder - the list is endless! All fun to make and plant-friendly. For some upcycling inspiration, click here.