I like how some things in life just go together: saving energy saves you money and produces less pollution and damage to the environment, disposing of things sensibly encourages recycling or upcycling or can make you money…I love these win-win situations, they positively make sense. 🙂
- At this time of the year, Car Boot sales are starting up again after the Winter break: give your unwanted items a new life and get yourself some great bargains, find your nearest one on the Car Boot Junction website – whenever I’ve been to a car boot sale I’ve always seen tons of children’s toys in great condition and also really cool home accessories and objects;
- If you need to freshen up and remove odours from carpets or rugs without using chemical-filled products, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, leave for a couple of hours or overnight and then vacuum;
- Recycle your bra: 29% of British women wear the wrong bra size, so if you own any wrong size bras join the Big Bra Hunt like celebrities such as Helen Mirren and donate them to Oxfam and help women in Senegal earn a living to support their families.
- 1.5 million tonnes of unwanted clothing and textiles end up in landfill each year in the UK, or 30 kilos of waste per person. Have a clear out this weekend, and donate clothes you no longer wear to your local charity shop or sell them on ebay!
- Grow your own tomatoes, salad, carrots, courgettes, leeks, French beans, broad beans and spinach with these lovely tips;
- Cut kitchen waste and start composting: have a look at the guide to composting in 7 easy steps;
- Create a greenhouse by cutting plastic bottles in half and placing them over seedlings as individual greenhouses that will also protect them from slugs and snails;
- On a team night out I was appointed the honourable title of “Queen of Ambiance” of the office. If my title maintains any of its drunken-night power then I will definitely set forth several ideas to green the workplace, from cutting waste, to recycling, only printing what’s really necessary, using less energy and turning computers and monitors off, saving water and more! You could even save your company some money so it’s well worth trying;
- If you have a baby or know someone who has a bundle of joy, try out real nappies! Real cloth nappies can not only reduce waste but save you hundred of £$€! Have a look at the Real Nappy Information Service for more info on their comfort, econess, easy use and super funky designs 🙂 my Nan always says it was a great source of pride to hang lovely clean cloth nappies on the washing line…
- Replace leaky taps and save litres of water each day, if installing new taps, consider using spray head taps which can save up to an amazing 80% water;
- Have a look at the DIY guide for green tips for your home, there is so much interesting info!!
- Recycle your paint: Community RePaint is a UK network for reusing paint and redistributing it to those who cannot afford it;
- Shop from a list: reduce food waste and save money by planning your meals and writing a shopping list. It will help you avoid impulse-buys of food that will otherwise go to waste.
- When you use lemons for any recipes, such as my lemony halloumi pasta, use any remaining lemon juice for any of the 40 lemon tips or to clean your chopping board by rubbing the lemon pulp on it and leaving it overnight-
-you can even add a little salt for a real scrub effect, and then rinse with warm water.
- Use up your beauty products in a tube to the last drop by cutting them up:
Cut the tube in half to be able to scoop out all the remaining product (you’ll be surprised by how much there is left!)
Re-seal for future use
By re-sealing in onto itself you make sure the product doesn’t dry up and you can use it up gradually until there actually isn’t any left and avoid wasting it.
What are your favourite energy and money-saving habits?