We all want to do our bit towards saving the environment, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
Every home can make a big difference, with just a few small changes to their routine. If every family carried out just some of our suggested recycling tips, it really could make a big change to the state of our planet.
Be honest, do you use your recycling bins to their full potential? It’s such an easy thing to do, especially as once a fortnight some trusted refuse workers will come and take it away from your doorstep. Make sure that you separate your rubbish carefully and compost what you can to prevent it going to landfill. Give your recycling items a rinse and put them in the right bin, then they will be sorted at the refuse site to be recycled wherever possible.
Glass jars are very easy to upcycle so that they can have other uses. After a good wash and removing any food labels, you can use them for storage of other food items, use them as a quirky way to serve desserts, or even use them to display tea lights for decoration. Check out Pinterest for thousands of clever ideas on how to reuse your glass jars and containers.
In order to make changes that have a long term influence, it is important that we move away from our disposable culture. Some easy changes to make are to avoid using paper or styrofoam cups, as well as paper plates and plastic cutlery. These will all inevitably end up in the landfill, so try to use products that have already been recycled and which can be washed and reused.
Composting is so easy to do and you can do it in your own garden. It will help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and prevent the methane gas that would otherwise be released. Take a look at our composting blog which explains why it is so important and how you can get started.
If this summer has taught us anything, it is that water is a precious source that we should not take for granted. With experts predicting that droughts and hose pipe bans are going to be more commonplace in the future, now is the perfect time to find ways to save it where you can. Installing water butts in your garden is just one way to collect rainwater that can be used to care for your garden, whilst having shorter showers can also save gallons of water every year.