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How To Make Your Home A Little More Eco-Friendly

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Going Green is all over the news at the moment, with businesses and individuals alike being encouraged to take steps to become more sustainable in their daily lives. The reasoning for this is clear: we need to do better to protect the planet for future generations. 

Make Your Home A Little More Eco-Friendly
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As most change begins at home, it’s a great place to start on your sustainability journey. With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to make your home a little more eco-friendly! 

  • Become more energy efficient. Replacing Storage Heaters that run on gas or oil is a great way to ensure that your home is more energy-efficient. However, this is a particularly important task when you consider the fact that the UK government has banned the installation of gas boilers in homes after 2025 – meaning you’ll have to replace them sooner rather than later. Doing so now gives you the chance to not only become more sustainable but can also save you a great deal of money on bills.
  • Cut down on plastic. According to a recent study, most UK households throw away at least 40kg of plastic each year. While recycling these products is a great way to minimise their impact, you should also look out for ways in which you can cut down on plastic use. For example, you could purchase reusable makeup wipes instead of the kind you throw away after a single-use. When heading out for your weekly food shop, be sure to take bags along with you so that you can turn down the bags offered at stores. 
  • Avoid fast-fashion retailers. Avoiding fast fashion retailers is another great way to make your home more sustainable. While it can be tempting to purchase from these sites as the products are cheap and arrive quickly, it’s important that you shop sustainably where possible. For example, you could buy clothes second-hand from local charity stores. These products are often just as high in quality, and it means your money is going towards a good cause too! 
  • Make your own cleaning products. Keeping your home clean is always important, but the products you are using to keep your surfaces shining may actually be causing a lot of harm to the environment. This is because, once disposed of, a lot of the chemicals in these products wind up in our water streams, causing water pollution. Thankfully, you can remedy this (and save some money) by making your own cleaning products. For example, a combination of lemon juice and baking powder is excellent for removing grease from kitchen surfaces. 
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables.  Setting up your own fruit and vegetable patch is more than a way to transform your garden or outdoor space – it can also be a great way to become more eco-friendly. This is because you’ll no longer have to purchase products from grocery store chains, whose shipment practices often contribute heavily to global warming and other environmental crises. It’s also a great way to save money!  

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