Leading an eco-friendly lifestyle starts with you. Here are seven simple changes you can make to go green in your home.
With sustainable practices becoming more and more mainstream, Britons everywhere are looking for ways to lead a more earth-conscious, eco-friendly lifestyle. Here are 7 simple changes you can make in your home that will make sustainable living easy.
1. Go Plastic-Free in the Kitchen
For many of us, the kitchen is the hardest place to reduce our plastic consumption and this is, in part, because of the amount of (often unnecessary) plastic that supermarkets use to package our food in. But don’t despair! There are many meaningful changes we can make to reduce the amount of plastic we use in the kitchen.
Quality over quantity
Where possible, try to buy good quality utensils that you won’t need to replace – saving you money in the long run. If that is not possible, try to shop secondhand and repair what is broken instead of throwing it away and replacing it with another piece of plastic.
Switch to compostable alternatives
Another tip is to look for alternatives to those pesky single-use plastic products that are hard to live without, such as cling wrap and bin bags. Cling wrap has become an invaluable kitchen-aid for covering leftovers and wrapping awkwardly shaped food items, but the problem is that it can be difficult to recycle. It contains a plastic called polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which means it often ends up in landfills.
Bonnie Bio has created a compostable cling wrap that provides an experience exactly like plastic – just without the waste. Made from plant-based materials, this earth-friendly alternative breaks down into natural elements and leaches no toxins during decomposition.
2. Plant a simple vegetable garden
If you have the space, planting a vegetable garden is easy.
First off, you need to choose a spot with plenty of sun, space, and that’s in close proximity to a garden hose or source of water. Next, choose the veggies you’d like to plant, prepare the soil, plant the seeds and water. It really is that simple.
3. Water the plants with the water you used to boil rice.
Did you know that rice water in particular is more beneficial to plants? This is because of the added starch, which encourages the growth of healthy bacteria.
4. Say no to plastic carry bags
A life without plastic may seem daunting or even impossible, but small steps have the potential to make a big impact. An easy first step is to say no to plastic carry bags. By carrying reusable shopping bags, you can stop thousands of plastic bags from ending up in landfills where they will sit for 500 years! Instead, carry whatever works for you. Some people like reusable canvas totes while others prefer to put their shopping into a backpack.
Keep compostable bags handy
Bonnie Bio makes a water-soluble tote bag, which is reusable, compostable, and – of course – water-soluble. This clever little bag dissolves in hot water – or decomposes into natural elements – making it a great choice as an eco-friendly carrier bag for shopping.
If you often forget your reusable bags why not keep a roll of Bonnie Bio Multi-Purpose Compostable Bags in your car or your handbag? These compostable bags are as durable and leak-proof as traditional plastic, but decompose into renewable resources making them an environmentally kind alternative.
5. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
If you are lucky enough to enjoy the luxury of a dishwasher, it is useful to know that they are more eco-friendly than handwashing. However, keep in mind that you should always wait until it’s full to run it and use the “economy” option if it has one.
6. Sell, re-purpose, or donate unwanted items
Donating, recycling, and selling your stuff is not difficult in the UK and there is no shortage of charities waiting and willing to take your unwanted worries and find them a grateful new home.
7. Try composting
Once you’ve consumed and repurposed all that you can, a certain amount of food and related products still need to be disposed of, which is where composting becomes important. The Environmental Protection Agency explains that “making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.”
If you don’t have the time or space to make compost at home, why not store compostable material in the fridge or freezer to avoid odors and insects before taking it to your local farmers market, community garden or other composting site?
Bonnie Bio has created a range of compostable plastic alternatives for homes and businesses that are as durable and user-friendly as plastic. These eco-friendly solutions are made from natural materials that break down into natural elements – without leaching toxins into the environment.