7 Ways to Make Your Life More Eco-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Life More Eco-Friendly image

One of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to be more eco-friendly or to maybe be more conscious of the environment and the world around you. You may not have decided how you’re going to achieve this so we’ve put together a list to help.

  1. Solar panels 

If you were to think of renewable energy, you may not immediately jump to solar power in Scotland. We’re not exactly known for sunny skies! There is a feeling that Scotland would do better to concentrate on wind and water for renewable energy. However, arguably, it is easier to rollout solar panels on a smaller scale. We don’t all have a garden big enough to have our own windmill and unless you live by water, you can’t operate any hydro power options. But, you might have a roof that could accommodate some solar panels. In Scotland, you may not need to have planning permission to install solar panels and although they are still expensive to install, the cost has fallen in recent years. 

  1. Go veggie 

It is a well-known fact that the meat industry is a major contributor of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. We understand that it’s a big decision to go completely vegan or vegetarian, which is why we think it’s a good idea to just try and increase the amount of vegetables you eat versus the amount of meat. Maybe consider going veggie once or twice a week? If you have the space, you could even consider trying to grow your own vegetables. You could help the environment by eating more veg but also by reducing the carbon footprint of your food. Win, win! 

  1. Ditch the disposables 

Single use plastics and disposable items are a key issue when thinking about the environment. If you find that you use a lot of these items, try and make note of what you use and see if there is a reusable alternative. For example, if you like stopping by the local coffee shop on your daily walk, instead of using their disposable cups, take a reusable cup with you.  

Do you find that your fridge is full of leftovers covered in cling film? Try using beeswax food wraps. Place them over the container and use the heat of your hands to mould them to the correct shape. When you’ve used up the leftovers, just wipe the wrap down with a damp cloth and it’s good to go! 

Simple changes like these can really add up! 

  1. Shop local 

When you are planning your weekly food shop, is it possible to factor in local shops? Do you have a local butcher or fishmonger? Shopping local helps to reduce the carbon footprint of your food but it also helps to reduce your own carbon footprint if you are able to walk to the shops instead of driving. 

  1. Trust Granny’s recipes 

Brands such as Flash and Domestos would like you to believe that you need to buy multiple types of chemicals to clean your house. However, sometimes it is worthwhile listening to the older generation and their homemade recipes for cleaning products. We can keep clean, sanitary homes with a surprising range of common household items – and no chemicals!  

Do you have a dirty microwave? Try placing a solution of vinegar and lemon into your microwave and turn it on for two minutes. Leave it for a further minute for the steam to do some extra work, then just wipe clean with a damp cloth. 

Have you got a blocked drain? Pour a generous amount of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda down the drain. They will react with each other and fizz up which will cause the dirt and grease to break down. After about a quarter of an hour, rinse the mixture away with some warm water and you should be left with a clear drain. 

  1. Buy sustainable fashion 

Fast fashion is a major contributor to the climate crisis. This industry has helped to create a culture of throw away fashion where people will buy an outfit for one occasion and then throw it away where it inevitably ends up in landfill. When you make clothing purchases, try thinking more sustainably. Think about who you are buying from and if they have eco-credentials (this article from Ethical Consumer can help with that) but also consider why you are buying it and if you really need it. When it comes to disposing of your old clothes, don’t throw them in the bin, donate them to your local charity shop. It is possible that they will also take clothes that you may think are past their best as they will have ways of recycling them.  

  1. Fancy a cuppa? 

This may seem like a very simple suggestion, but when you go to make your next cup of tea or coffee just fill the kettle with as much water as you need. It can be all too easy to just go ahead and fill it up to the top. But this wastes water and uses an unnecessary amount of electricity. 

This is definitely not an exhaustive list, we’re barely touching the surface! But adopting just one of these ideas can help you stick to a New Year’s resolution to be more eco-friendly 

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