I made the above YouTube video on this recently (5 Affordable Ways to be Eco-Friendly) – I feel like it can be overwhelming with all of the information out there on how we can reduce our environmental impact. That’s why I made the video, to show that even the smallest things we do can help. Here are the tips in written format:
1. Opt for an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush
Use a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one. My personal favourite brand is the Humble Co. They are a Scandanavian based company and all of their products are eco-friendly and mostly recyclable. The bristles on this toothbrush are made of natural products and the whole bamboo part biodegrades quickly plus it isn’t harmful to the environment. You can get them in loads of different colours so I would really recommend getting one!
2. Take less than 5 minute showers!
Spend less time in the shower in the morning! I aim for 5 minutes or less. I know in the winter this can be challenging but just think of the people who don’t even get to have daily showers/or don’t have access to clean or hot water! It’s a privilege and we should use it wisely.
3. Shop in thrift shops (avoid fast fashion)
Buy your clothes from thrift or charity shops when possible! You can find some great bargains there. I know it’s nice to buy new things every so often, or for things like gym clothes where you wouldn’t really want to be wearing someone’s old stuff. But just have a look, you can find things which have hardly been worn and save an absolute fortune!
4. Reuse jars//plastic containers!
Keep jars and containers to reuse & fill up with things from the supermarket e.g. oats, nuts, muesli. I haven’t fully explored supermarkets in the UK since coming back but I know in Australia and New Zealand some of the supermarkets have areas where you can fill up your own containers. This means less waste for you to have to deal with and you’re really making an impact on the energy going into the recycling process of these products.
5. Buy bamboo cotton buds instead of plastic!
Buy bamboo cotton buds instead of plastic ones! Again the Humble Co. sell these. The middle part of a cotton bud is plastic and to think one of our cotton buds could outlive us is a scary thought. It’s a really easy swap to make but you’re making such a difference by doing so!
If you’re interested in other ways to be more eco-friendly or sustainable check out some of my other posts:
So there you go – 5 affordable ways to be eco-friendly, almost everyone I know can do this and even though it may require a bit of extra effort in the beginning soon these things will just be a habit! xxx