Living an Environmentally Friendly Life: A Practical Guide

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Living an environmentally friendly life is no longer a dream that only seems attainable way off in the future, but is increasingly possible for the everyday person. And the good news is you don’t have to abandon your creature comforts or move into a hobbit-like home to make a difference.

Most of the rubbish we throw away can be recycled, that’s a fact. Thankfully, more and more of our councils are offering us recycling facilities and even providing separate recycling bins so that all we have to do is separate our rubbish, rather than just chucking it all into one black bin bag.

Organic waste like food peelings can be composted in your garden and used to fertilize your plants, whilst grass cuttings can be left on the lawn, providing nutrients to the grass to keep it looking healthy. Some new homes for sale have this facility built in, making it even easier to recycle.

You can go one step further by keeping an eye out on everything you buy from the supermarket, checking the packaging for whether or not it is recyclable. As the environmental impact of packaging becomes more important to consumers, more companies will need to consider this in order to stay competitive, which can only be a good thing for the environment.

Think about everything you throw away: could it be used for anything else? Plastic bags take 1,000 years to degrade, yet nearly thirteen billion are handed out each year. Getting into the habit of reaching for your old plastic bags before you head to the shops will make a positive difference to our environment.

Glass and plastic jars and pots can be reused to make handy containers, whilst old clothes can be used to make cushions or quilts. If they are in a good enough condition, donate them to your local charity shop and let someone else have the benefit of them.

If you no longer want a piece of furniture, why not donate it to a local community centre or local project? There is sure to be someone in need of it: don’t waste it and throw it into the tip.

Reduce your impact on the environment by walking or cycling instead of taking the car wherever possible. Another option is to buy an apartment near to your workplace to eliminate the need for considerable travel. Not only is walking or cycling great for reducing pollution and saving money, but it’s great for your health too.

Do you drink bottled water regularly? If so, remember to fill up your bottle at home or work everyday rather than just buying a new one for the shop; this will save you money in the long term and reduce the number of plastic bottles that are sent to our landfills.

Reduce the amount of energy you use in your home by turning off appliances at the plug rather than leaving them on standby; turning off the lights whenever you leave a room and turning your washing machine down to 40 degrees or cooler.


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