First Steps to a Greener Lifestyle
Today we’re bringing you a very special post. We’ve spoken with some of our favourite eco-conscious creators about the easiest ways they made their lives greener and we’re going to share their thoughts with you.
Switching to a more eco friendly lifestyle can be overwhelming. There’s just so many different areas to consider, leading many to the question of where to start?
The truth is there’s no right or wrong place to begin your journey to a more sustainable life. What’s most important is you don’t push yourself too far too soon and end up becoming demotivated.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of the easiest eco swaps you can make. Everyone on this post is a true practitioner. They’ve already made the swap in their life and have seen great benefits from doing so.
There’s no better teacher than one who’s already completed the journey you’re embarking on.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into these simple and easy eco swaps anyone can make to move towards a greener and more sustainable life!
Replacing Plastic Bottles With Glass
By Becky from Pinkscharming.com, @pinkscharming
The easiest eco swap I’ve made is replacing plastic bottles with glass bottles, by using a milk delivery service.
It couldn’t be easier as it gets delivered straight to our doorstep. As a result, we’ve been able to cut plastic milk cartons out of our life! The glass bottles get reused lots of times and then finally recycled (and they even do oat milk now too).
We also buy condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup in glass bottles, rather than those squeezy plastic bottles. Recycling glass is much more efficient than recycling plastic so it’s a win/win.
Here’s a post on a few other easy eco swaps from Becky:
Buying Preloved Kids Clothes
By Niamh from bloggingthroughmadness.com, @blogging_through_madness
I buy new but buy loads preloved, and then pass the clothes on when finished to charity shops or family members with children the same age.
I used to live in Cumbria and a lady there created her own website selling preloved clothes (@buildabundlekids). They quality checked the items so they seemed brand new anyway, but for only a fraction of the price – we all know kids grow way too fast for a whole brand new wardrobe every few months/year! They’re definitely my go-to for preloved!
It’s easy because obviously kids grow so fast and their clothes cost so much, yet they don’t wear them for long. So even preloved clothes often have tags or have only been worn once/twice and you’re not paying an arm & leg! Moreover, it’s better for the environment because you’re not contributing as much as you could be to fashion waste.
Using Refillable Products
By Gwenda from greenunion.co.uk, @greenunion.co.uk
One of the easiest eco-swaps I’ve made in the home is to brands which supply refills of their products which make for easy carbon footprint savings. In this way, you aren’t just relying on recycling, but substantially reducing the amount of packaging and single-use plastic involved in the process.
It can be a little nerve-wracking trying something new – especially when you don’t have money to burn. But so far, I’ve not been disappointed. I’ve enjoyed several collaborations with brands which have this sort of reuse and refill business model in the areas of home cleaning, beauty and personal care (such as Clean Living, Splosh, Fiils and Wild). In these chaotic times, the subscriptions they offer mean that I never run out and have to resort to grabbing a single-use version at the supermarket.
Even better, I save money; one of the issues with going greener in the past was always the increased cost – and while this still holds true in some areas (fashion being one), refill subscriptions directly with the company really do increase affordability of products that make you feel good and do good, too.
They have all been super flexible when it comes to modifying delivery schedules, too – the reminder emails in advance are a helpful touch and support an ethical business ethos.
Check out my sponsored reviews here.
Switching to a Green Energy Providers
By Emma from beemoneysavvy.com, @beemoneysavvy
The easiest eco-swap I’ve ever made was switching to a green energy provider. I made the switch to 100% renewable energy (74% hydropower & 26% anaerobic digestion) a few years ago.
The switching process was effortless, with the provider taking care of everything including cancelling my previous provider. The only thing I needed to do was to send a meter reading.
The switch has had a positive impact on my life, including my finances. Our energy provider is an area that we often forget about when it comes to going green. But this eco-swap has saved me money as they are cheaper than my previous provider.
Check out a post I titled: Sustainable Swaps – Do Better for the Environment
Repurposing Boxes and Packaging as Craft Materials for Kids
By Sarah from thelondonmommy.com, @thesouthendmummy
One easy swap we’ve made in our house is to repurpose boxes and packaging as craft materials rather than buying new things (which often are plastic and not recyclable) to do crafts.
We’ve gotten so into it we’re now even making toys! Why buy a plastic dolls house from your kid’s favourite show when you can make one? (You only need a few hours spare)
By Hannah from blog.doodleheart.co.uk, @littlepackofvegans
The easiest eco swap was using cloth nappies and wipes for my daughter. This was easy because the nappies have better containment than disposables, fit from birth to potty, and with a simple and easy wash routine they get hygienically clean and I never have to worry about running out.
It’s saved us so much money, plus we can use our nappies for our future children and then we’ll be able to pass or sell them on to friends to use in the future. Here’s a post I wrote on the subject if you’d like to reach more. Hannah x
Bathroom Eco Swaps
By Rachael from @beachlifemumma
A few years ago we decided as a family to be more eco-conscious. We knew we wanted to do more to protect our environment and look at how we could do more within our home. I began reading more about what we could do, while noticing our waste and plastic consumption.
On our journey to live a more sustainable and intentional lifestyle, I generally stick to the lifestyle changes that are simple and will also save us money. As a busy mum of 4 I really don’t have the time to make my own products, but oh I wish I had both time and creativity to do this! But instead I’ve stuck to swaps that are doable and long term sustainable for us as a family.
At first, it felt like a huge task overhauling our home and lifestyle so I decided to break it down into rooms within the house. I then worked through the home and eventuality looked at our outside space and garden for the many ways in which we could cut down on waste.
I started off putting the ‘green spotlight’ on our family bathroom, thinking that it would actually be hard to identify changes. But I easily found lots of ways we could be more environmentally conscious. One of the biggest issues I found in our bathroom was the huge amount of plastic. I realised I could swap so many plastic products for reusable items, our disposal razors being the first go and replaced with reusable ones. These are the other simple swaps I made, I’ve seen a huge difference in our bathroom waste as a result.
- Toilet paper, I found a brand that’s recycled and environmentally sustainable.
- Single use makeup remover pads
- Shampoo and conditioner hair bars
- Shower soap bars
- Biodegradable baby wipe
- Biodegradable and reusable Period products
- Bars of soap
- Deodorant bar
So many of these eco swaps not only help to protect the environment but will also save money long term. I hope to get to the point where I can make my own products and use less chemicals in our home. But for now I have to be realistic in what’s sustainable for me personally and our family.
By Sarah from @sarahjkingx
The easiest swap I’ve made in the past was definitely swapping to bamboo toothbrushes. It’s simple but it makes a huge difference. We used to buy so many plastic ones and these seem to last longer than normal toothbrushes!
It was so easy because the toothbrush is nice and soft to use and doesn’t feel much different to using a normal toothbrush.
We try more often than not to buy wooden toys too. They’re more eco friendly and, I think, more eye appealing than plastic toys.
There is it. Our list of the easiest eco-swaps you can make at home that will drastically reduce your impact on the environment, save you money and make you feel great about it as you go, brought to you by the true practitioners of our age.
Thanks to all the lovely creators who contributed to this post, show your appreciation for their work by commenting below.
Which was your favourite eco swap on the list? Which will you be implementing in your home next?
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