Eco Friendly Changes You Can Make in 2020
There’s no denying that the Corona Virus outbreak has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, with businesses taking a hit, key staff working overtime and everyday activities put on hold for a while it seemed like a lot of doom and gloom for a while. But it has led to some positive eco friendly changes from consumers and retailers.
One positive to come out of the situation is the impact it’s had on our planet. With less cars on the road, plane-free skies and a decrease in industrial activity, the planets had a little time to heal.
So, we thought we’d put together a few eco friendly changes you can make around the house and in your daily routine to help the climate when things are a little closer to normality.
Cut Corners in the Kitchen
When dinnertime rolls around, there’s plenty of things you can do to make sure you’re making the most of what you have. It may seem obvious but make sure you use up those leftovers. Whether you reheat it the next day or use it for compost, it doesn’t have to go in the bin.
Portioning food can be a bit of a nightmare, whether it’s pasta, rice or veggies, but there’s a ton of gadgets out there to help you. From pasta portioning devices to segmented plates to make sure you’re getting all the right food groups, there’s a ton of handy gizmos to make sure you’re avoiding leftovers and waste. Not to mention there are plenty of ingredient boxes out there that deliver everything you need for a meal, so you can whip up the perfect amount.
Washing the dishes might not feel like it’s having much of an environmental impact, but it adds up. A great way to minimise water waste and cut down on the hassle of scrubbing your kitchenware, is to check out one-pot recipes. Not only will it save water, but you won’t have every kitchen appliance running at once.
Meat production is a big factor when it comes to greenhouse gases, so why not be a little adventurous in the kitchen and have a veggie day. From mac and cheese to vegetable stews, there’s plenty of meat-free favourites to try out. Plus, it’s a great way to make eco friendly changes and get the kids closer to their 5-a-day.
HelloFresh have a huge range of delicious recipe boxes to try out, and because they’re pre-portioned, you won’t have to worry about waste.
I Want One of Those offer a ton of kitchen gadgets from novelty items to ingenious creations.
Go Green with your Morning Routine
While there’s plenty of things you can do in the morning to cut back on waste, from shorter showers to turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, there are plenty of things that most people don’t even consider.
Replacing your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one is a great eco friendly change to make. Because bamboo is natural, biodegradable and sustainable, it doesn’t cause problems for the environment when you replace it. The same goes for your morning coffee, take your own re-usable cup. Top that off by using flannels instead of face-wipes, which is less wasteful, and it’ll save you a few quid.
When it comes to health and beauty products there are tons of vegan, plastic-free and cruelty-free options to choose from, so you can rest assured what you’re using is natural and safe.
The same idea goes for your wardrobe, there’s are a ton of eco friendly brands, so you can stay on-trend without having a negative impact on the environment. Another option is heading out to charity shops or checking second-hand stores, where you can find some absolute steals on style.
When you find clothes that you’re not wearing anymore, it’s worth considering donating them. This way they’re not cluttering up your wardrobe and they’re not going to waste. Alternatively, you can take to places like eBay, Gumtree or Depop to sell them on yourself.
- Holland & Barrett have a bunch of options for changing up your morning routine to something a little eco-friendlier.
- People Tree offer a huge range of environmentally friendly fashion so you can make sure your wardrobe is waste-free.
Cut Out the Carbon Footprint and Travel Locally
It may seem obvious but making eco friendly changes to the way you travel is a great way to have a huge impact on carbon footprint reduction. Whether its cycling to work or taking public transport it’s got some seriously green benefits. Not to mention you can get some great exercise in, and you won’t be stuck behind the wheel in rush hour traffic.
While heading abroad might be top of everyone’s list when travel is back to normal, it’s worth considering a staycation. It’s no secret that planes are big producers of fossil fuels, so keeping it local can be a huge help. The UK is full of incredible locations for anyone seeking culture, relaxation and adventure.
With the beautiful beaches of West Wales, the gorgeous greenery of the Scottish Highlands, to a stunning city break in London, there’s so much to see and do that doesn’t require a long-haul flight. It’s not only great for the environment, but by spending more locally you can help give the UK economy a little boost in a post-lockdown world.
- Lastminute have a bunch of options for those looking to head off on a staycation, with some stunning destinations right on your doorstep.
- SpaBreaks can give you a little rest & relaxation without leaving the UK, so you can crackdown on the carbon footprint.
Everyday Changes Can Make a Big Difference
When you’re heading to the shop it’s a good idea to buy a bag for life and re-use it. Not only is it a great way to reduce plastic waste, but in a world where spreading germs is very much a hot topic, you can use it as a basket to stop the spread.
We’ve already mentioned food waste, but sometimes it’s worth checking out the smaller, more premium brands. You may find a smaller packet for the same price, but if you aren’t using the whole bunch, it could be worth trying out the premium stuff.
Nobody likes paperwork and getting all your bank statements and bills sent out to you is a bit of a waste when it’s all available online, so it’s worth checking out whether that letter you got could’ve been an email to tackle paper waste and have a little less clutter in your life.
Upgrade and Upcycle
When it comes to home renovations, a great thing to consider is upcycling. You don’t need a kitted-out toolbox to give a little life to some worn out furniture, and sometimes a lick of paint will do the job. Better yet, if you’ve spruced it up and still don’t have space for it, your handywork might have given it a little more value, so selling it is a great option.
A great thing to bear in mind when you’re upcycling something is that you can add personal touches. Whether it’s painting something your favourite colour, or re-shaping a chair for a more modern look, you can go to town with your creativity.
Upcycling isn’t for everyone, whether you just don’t have the tools, or you just don’t have the time, but rather than resorting to binning something, you can sell it on, pop it on freecycle or even take it to a charity shop. If it’s not broken and beyond fixing, it’ll be worth something to someone.
- B&Q have everything you need to get your toolbox for some DIY projects and a spot of upcycling.
- Head over to Wickes to find everything from paint, to essentials tools for all your home improvement needs.
Make Eco Friendly Changes this Season
These small changes might not make a huge difference individually, but combined, they can have a positive impact on the climate. So, change up your daily routine, get your friends and family involved, and rest assured you’ll be making a difference.