7 easy ways to start going green

Apr 6, 2021.

You don’t have to go off the grid to do your bit for the environment. Here are seven easy things you can do today to help save the planet and a bit of cash.


1. When in doubt, keep it at 30 degrees

Keep your washing machine temperature low unless your clothes are really in need of a good clean. Invest in an eco-friendly washing machine to cut water and detergent use as well.


2. Turn off, not standby

If you just put your appliances on standby when not using them, you'll pay the price in higher energy bills.

3. Try screen-free Sundays

Avoiding switching on appliances once per week gives your overwhelmed senses, and electrical usage, a much-needed break. This is an especially good idea if you have kids as you can then spend the time playing, reading and chatting.


4. Travel light

Take all non-essential items out of your car, because the heavier your vehicle is, the harder it has to work (using up unnecessary fuel in the process).


5. Make do and mend

Cut open that moisturiser tube to use the last bit, take a sewing course, buy second-hand and upcycle as much as you can. For example, you could make old sweaters into a quilt. Sites like Pinterest have all sorts of brilliant tutorials that can help you cut down your waste footprint.


6. Switch to natural ingredients

Avoid using shower gels, face creams or house cleaners with abrasive ingredients that can harm the planet. Using soap and home-made beauty treatments is cheaper, and better for the environment. You can also get good cleaning results from household ingredients like baking soda, lemon and even vinegar.


7. Take cooler baths and showers

Taking a bath so hot that you gasp when you step in isn't great for your skin or your heating bills. By contrast, a quick cold shower releases the "feel-good" brain chemical dopamine, getting your day off to a fantastic start ‒  it's worth it after the initial chill!

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