15 eco-friendly lifehacks to 'go green'

15 eco-friendly lifehacks to 'go green'

We must take care of our home - Planet Earth! Every small change we do could make a big difference over time. Here is a list of 15 easy lifehacks to help you 'go green':

1. Embrace Meat-Free Monday (or whichever day you like)

Cutting down on the amount of meat you eat will save you money and reduce the risk of potentially life threatening illnesses like heart disease, but it also offers major environmental advantages. With 1/3 of the planet’s land now being used to raise animals or grow food for them, cutting out meat would help alleviate the pressure of needing yet more and more land. You can check out loads of recipes for inspiration on this site or books like The Meat Free Monday Cookbook.

2. Go paperless

Take advantage of gadgets! You may don't need to receive paper bills or complete your accounts by using online statements from your bank and utility companies. The same goes for travel – there are plenty of apps you can use to track all of your confirmations and travel plans without having to print off your tickets.

3. Turn off the taps

Turn off any taps when you’re not using them and be careful to not leave them running while you’re washing your face or cleaning your teeth. One great way to save while brushing is to fill a glass with a little water and use this to clean your toothbrush and to rinse. You’ll be conserving water and saving money too. You can also save water by running the water on a low pressure while washing hands or rinsing a cup, it can help tremendously.

4. Cut down on plastic bag usage - Use reusable bags.

Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide (Earth Policy Institute). Once thrown away, they tend to end up burned, which emits toxic gases, or dumped as landfill, where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Tragically, they are also commonly mistaken for food by animals, with around a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals killed as a result each year.

Not only do environmentally friendly bags fit more, but they can also carry more weight. Keep one or two in your car or bag at all times for those quick unplanned grocery trips. Just get yourself a trendy canvas shopper instead! 

5. Wrap gifts in fabric, newspaper or recycle gift bags

Like the plastic bag, wrapping papers are often used once. For something you use to temporarily cover the present before it gets torn open, it’s so easily wasted. You can reduce the wastage by reusing newspapers or recycling a gift bag. You could also use some pretty fabric or DIY recipient that can be reused in other various ways, including passing it on for someone else’s birthday. Or try using a pretty scarf which would form part of the gift too.

6. Washing and drying your clothes

Simply washing your clothes at 30°C (86°F) rather than 40°C (104°F) can use 40% less energy. You can also save energy when drying your clothes, just add a dry towel with the rest of the wet laundry in the electric dryer and your clothes will dry even faster! Or choose a much more environmentally-friendly: hang your clothes on drying racks.

7. Drive slower

Cutting driving speed down from 70mph to 50mph can cut fuel usage by around 25%. This can mean big savings for your wallet as well as the environment, and of course, less chance of fatality in the of-chance there’s an accident.

More eco-friendly lifehacks in the next page!

 

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