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How to: 10 Tips for a More Sustainable Home

It’s no secret that climate change is happening at an alarming rate, and the effects of it can be devastating. Why not do your part by making small changes in your own life to live more sustainably? It’s much easier than you think, and every little helps.

1. Morning coffee

If you use a coffee machine with pods, choose pods that are recyclable – like Nespresso. The most eco-friendly option of all is a French press, so give one of those a try too.

2. Go for glass

Instead of using plastic Tupperware, switch for a glass or stainless-steel version. These are also more functional as they can be put in the microwave or dishwasher and are much more durable.

3. Cool & compostable

Bin bags are a necessity, yes, but why not switch your regular plastic ones to compostable bags?

4. Dishcloths

Instead of using paper towels to wipe down surfaces - which are used once and thrown out - stock up on more dishcloths than can be washed and re-used again and again.

5. Try a tote

Swap your plastic or paper shopping bags for a reusable tote or net bag. These are so handy to have, simply keep a few in your car or handbag so you’re always prepared. When it comes to food shopping, you can be guaranteed they won’t break under the weight – something that you can’t bank on with plastic or paper.

6. Swap the soap

When it comes to hand soap, using a bar instead of a liquid soap is far more sustainable – with much less packaging. If you don’t like the idea of bar soap, use a refillable dispenser for your liquid soap to avoid waste.

7. Bamboo brush

Use a bamboo toothbrush instead of your regular plastic one – they are biodegradable and you can get one made with BPA free bristles. Keep an eye out.

8. Avoid air fresheners

Air fresheners can be toxic to the environment over time and due to their plastic packaging, are not eco-friendly. Try using an essential oil diffuser instead – the scent lasts longer and they are great for creating a calming, stress-free atmosphere.

9. Reduce, reuse, recharge

When replacing batteries, go for rechargeable ones instead of the disposable version. Not only are they better for the environment but they will also save you money.

10. Energy-efficient electrics

Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs in your home. These bulbs can range from 25% more energy efficient to 85% more efficient according to Electric Ireland, depending on the bulb you choose. They last longer too, on top of reducing the environmental impact.