With modern innovations, new technologies and a touch of creativity, embracing a green lifestyle has never been easier. Whether you want to help the environment or simply follow a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle our easy to follow steps can help you to live greener.
Of course this may seem like a no-brainer, but the startling fact that 60% of rubbish that ends up in landfill could have been recycled (recycling-guide.org.uk) shows that there is still more work to do. Make recycling a priority in your home and aim to recycle everything that can be.
Repair don’t replace
In our consumer society, with bargains to be had everywhere it’s often tempting to simply throw out a broken table or faded armchair, but taking the time and care to repair an unwanted item cuts down on waste going to landfill, gives a once-loved object a purpose again and can often transform an ordinary object into a unique treasure.
Put lights on timers
Of course it’s important to have light in your home, but leaving them on can be a waste of energy. Investing in timers means that you can program lights to come on and then turn off at convenient times and ensure they are not left on unnecessarily.
Wash at low temperatures
A wash at 60° uses more energy than those at lower temperatures as 90% of the energy used by a washing machine is used in heating the water. Try to keep temperatures to 40° or lower and opt for environmentally friendly detergents such as Eco Balls which last for up to 1000 washes.
Energy Efficient Windows
Improve the energy efficiency of your home with Duette® energy saving blinds. Designed to keep 46% more heat in your home in the winter months, they can help you to save up to 25% on annual heating bills. During the summer, Duette® blinds reflect up to 78% of the sun’s warmth, keeping rooms at a comfortable temperature and reducing the need for expensive air conditioning systems or electricity-guzzling fans.
In the UK we throw away over 650 million batteries every year, polluting the soil and filling landfill sites. Rechargeable batteries save energy and the higher cost is recovered within just a few uses so they are a worthwhile investment both for the environment and your pocket.
Cut down on plastic
With over 1 trillion plastic bags being used each year (Earth Policy Institute) and only 1 in 200 being recycled in the UK, it’s time to stop using disposable bags. Opt for re-usable options and be sure to keep them handy in your car, handbag and workplace so that you don’t get caught out without them!