Being a little more eco-friendly: the basics | Eco Lyf

Being a little more eco-friendly: the basics | Eco Lyf

If you follow me, my blog and my YouTube channel you may have noticed that I’m very much trying to do as much as I can to be better to the planet. I have realised though that all I talk about reducing plastic, visiting farmers markets and carrying reusables bags/cups/utensils I’m not being as inclusive as I could be and assuming everyone has the same basic knowledge that I do. Let’s get back to basics

  1. Turn off the lights when you aren’t using a room. Super simple and saves you money on your electricity bill. If you have a smart meter you can really notice the difference in how much you are using
  2. Layer up when it’s cold before turning on the heating. Yes, I know it is sad to admit when the warm weather has gone away but before you turn that thermostat up put on a jumper or cardigan and some fluffy socks and snuggle under a blanket, this is another one that will save you money too
  3. Super easy one; turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, it might not seem like much, but it can make a huge difference in the amount of water you use
  4. Walk. I know this one isn’t an option for everyone but if you can walk places, do! Walk to the shop instead of driving or taking public transport, walk to college, uni or work if it’s not too far
  5. Get the bus or other public transport where you can. If you work or go to a place of education in the city centre, driving in and parking can be a nightmare. Bus passes can be surprisingly affordable, you can be productive while you travel, a week rider for one bus company in Southampton costs less than a day of parking in the city centre. You can also get your bus pass on your phone now so you will never forget it
  6. Choose the loose produce, actively pick the bananas, apples, potatoes, peppers etc that aren’t in plastic when you are shopping in a supermarket. Some of these foods have a layer that you don’t eat anyway, and it is easy enough to wash your fruit and veg before cooking or eating it

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