10 Easy Eco Swaps For Busy Families
Do you wish you could make your home more eco-friendly but struggle to find the time to research all of the different sustainable alternatives to everyday products you and your family use?
Me too. I definitely want to reduce the environmental impact that my family has on the planet but sometimes convenience just wins out which can make me feel guilty that I'm not doing enough.
Feeling guilty is no use to anyone though which is why I'm here to remind you...
"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly"
- Anne-Marie Bonneau
Now, imperfect is something I can do really well so I have put together a list of 10 easy eco swaps that you can try to make your home more planet-friendly, even with little kids.
1) Cook one pot meals
One pot meals aren't just great for saving time and cutting down on dishes - they also save energy because you don't have multiple ovens / hob rings on the go. It's a win win!
2) Use refill sachets for cleaning
Bottled cleaning products are mostly water which is wasteful to transport as it uses lots of fuel - switching to concentrated sachets from brands such as Spruce reduces your carbon footprint as you fill up a reusable bottle from the tap at home.
3) Try a toy rental service
Renting toys could help you solve two problems at once - cut down on plastic waste and give the kids something new to capture their imagination each month. Toy rental company Whirli lets you keep rented toys for as long as you like and gives you the option to buy toys at a reduce price if your kids get attached to something.
4) Turn old clothes into cloths
Got clothes that aren't in good enough shape to sell on? Cut down on paper waste by turning old t-shirts into reusable cloths and use them instead of paper towels.
5) Switch to a loo roll subscription
Make sure you never run out of loo roll again by taking out a subscription with Who Gives A Crap - their toilet rolls are made from recycled paper and 50% of the profits are donated towards building toilets... because 2 billion people don't have access to one!
6) Choose organic if you can
If you're in a position to buy organic food and clothes it's worth making the switch. Organic products are grown naturally, without the use of toxic chemicals, making them better for our health and kinder to the planet.
7) Declutter your wardrobe
Decluttering your clothes means you know exactly what you need in your wardrobe, which is good for the planet because you'll be less likely to over-buy the next time the seasons change or you and the kids need a wardrobe top-up. Added extra... you'll save money too!
8) Buy essentials in bulk
Using a local refill store to bulk buy essentials such as porridge, pasta and rice cuts down on packaging waste and means you always have a stash of something in the cupboards for a quick dinner when you're short on time.
9) Don't wash the dishes
Washing dishes as you go means you end up filling the sink several times a day - ignore them until the end of the day to save water or, if you use a dishwasher, wait until it's full to switch it on.
10) Don't bit it, freeze it!
Follow @thefullfreezer on Instagram for the best advice about how to save money and cut down on food waste by freezing left overs. You'll be amazed at different types of food you never knew you could freeze!
So, those are my easy eco swaps. Let me know what you think in the comments - which is your favourite? Do you do any of these already? What else would you add to the list?