Being more eco-friendly is something we all need to try to do. Not only is it much better for the environment, but it’s also a more cost-effective way to live in many cases, and right now, that’s something many of us will be glad to hear.
Yet, wanting to be more eco-friendly is one thing. Understanding how to do it is another. It can feel as though it’s an impossible thing to implement into the usual daily routines, especially when time is short. However, it can be done, and it can be done very simply a lot of the time. Read on to find out more.
Have an Eco-Friendly Mindset
Although there are plenty of practical things you can do when it comes to being eco-friendly, and we’ll talk about some of them below, it all starts with the right mindset. If you always keep the environment in mind, no matter what you’re doing, you’ll always make the right choice.
Perhaps you have a wedding to arrange?In that case, how about organising an eco-friendly wedding? Or, maybe you want to buy a new car? Would an electric car be a better option? When you’re grocery shopping, could you buy locally produced items or things that are responsibly sourced and packaged? Having the right mindset means you can automatically choose well, and that’s an excellent way to be.
Wash Laundry on Cold
Everyone always seems to have a lot of laundry to do. It’s bad enough if you live on your own, but when you have a family in your home as well, laundry can often feel never-ending. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much of a chore – you do get into a routine – but the downside is that it’s costing you money and it’s bad for the environment because you’re using resources and energy.
We all want clean clothes, so you will want to keep washing them, but if you do it at a lower temperature, you can make things a little eco-friendlier. That’s because you’re using less energy to heat the water. Most clothes will come out looking great on a cold wash, but it’s wise to read the labels to be sure.
If you live somewhere that has a lot of rain, you might not think too highly of the weather. However, you can use the rain to your advantage in your quest to become more environmentally friendly, and that will make you feel better.
The best way to do this is to collect the rainwater and use it in your backyard. You can harvest rainwater by connecting a water butt to the bottom of a drainpipe, so that when it rains, the butt is filled. When you need to water the yard, you can take water directly from there, rather than using water from the hose.
Another great idea that will cost you nothing (and it might save you money) and can be rather enjoyable is to consider composting. Compost is essentially a mix of different organic materials that have broken down to create a substance that is good for plants and the backyard in general.
All you must do is find a spot outside to make your compost heap and then add organic material that would otherwise have gone in the trash to it. This could include vegetable peelings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and much more.