Friday, 9 November 2012
TOP TIPS on Going green for 2013 - will you try some of them ?
I was recently asked what I did to go green and I made a list of just a few of the things and thought I would challenge you to try some of them - who will pledge to try and be green for 2013 - Comment and let me know how many of these tips you already do or plan to try !
Repair and reuse broken items (eg. toys, furniture) Upcycle and recycle it can be great fun to get the kids involved spray painting or covering pieces with fabric and glitter for that personal touch.
Donate your old computer/ mobile phones to charity
Use biodegradable bin bags especially in the food bin
Send unwanted furniture to a reuse scheme – freecylcle is handy and many charities like the BHF will collect your unwanted items for free and ensure they get recycled or sold again.
Buy, sell and swap online – networking is great for this, get online find out who will trade a service for something you have or can do – check to see if you have a local timebank in your area or start your own group.
Give services as presents, not products
Buy antique or second-hand furniture
Write to retailers to complain about unethical products and supply chains - Boycott unethical products
Choose cardboard coffins and recyclable urns
Use rechargeable batteries not disposables -Only use disposable products when there is no reusable alternative
Use your kerbside recycling collection
Reject junk mail switch to paperless billing
Buy products with recyclable packaging or buy products in reusable containers
Use charity shops, and buy local; Buy your books/CDs/DVDs second hand
If you have to take carrier bags from the shop, make sure you reuse them
Fit a hippo or flush saver in your cistern
Take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath - Avoid power showers
Switch to a water meter
Buy a rainwater butt
Use rainwater (not tapwater) to water plants
Use a watering can rather than a hose or sprinkler
Use an energy saver plug on your fridge Run your fridge between 3-5 °C
Purchase energy efficient appliances eg. Choose an A+ or A++ fridge/freezer
Avoid plasma TVs and choose a more energy efficient style
Unplug appliances when not in use and avoid using stand-by
Draught proof the house / Draw your curtains at dusk/Keep internal doors closed- do you qualify for help with insulating your loft or upgrading your boiler? Can you afford to invest in solar panels?
Fit shelves above radiators under windows
Fix foil reflectors behind radiators on outside walls
Turn down the heating in rooms which you are not using; don’t heat your conservatory and put on a jumper instead of turning up heating
Take a trip to your local Farmers' Market
Get milk and more from your local milkman
Buy fairly traded food and drink
Plan a weekly food menu and make a shopping list
Waste less food
Avoid heavily-processed food and go for healthier alternatives
Drink tap water instead of bottled water
Reduce your food miles and avoid buying produce which has been air freighted to the UK
Buy more seasonal food
Use chemical-free laundry products I buy ecosense once a month for a family of 8 as it is 6 times concentrate and works out at 17 per load
Use the washing machine at 30 degrees - I use pre-spot which is 4 times concentrate on tough stains as it naturally lifts the stains and for tougher ones like grease ,chewing gum, blood I use a capful of solumel to freshen them up - I always use a cold wash on reusable feminewear products simply because I want them to remain clean and absorbable so that they will last and save me money.
Line-dry your clothes
Use natural cleaning products - for an easy clean up and spray with a mild solution of sol-u-mel for a tea tree fresh smell- banish bleach from your house – learn about alternatives. I love Tub n tile and use it as toilet cleaner and shower cleaner it has the power of 20 lemons and you do not need to wear gloves and it is safe around children and pets.
Avoid products tested on animals – none of the products I buy are tested on animals – and my vitamins and minerals are the only ones to have been trialled on a human gut! Makes you wonder.
Buy one general-purpose cleaning product, not several Sol u mel tackles more than 30 different cleaning tasks and takes up less space in your cupboard, you add water to it according to the instructions and the spray is refillable, the bottle is fully recyclable saving on landfill space
Buy 'green' products many companies are going green, do your research, find a company that will let you try the products with a money back guarantee you may be surprised at how many products you can switch and save with. Take a look at http://waytowellness.blogspot.co.uk/p/melaleuca.html on your blog hop to find out more .