Skip the dryer whenever possible. That clean fresh air smell is unbeatable! (Or for those wet days, have an old fashioned Sheila Maid installed where the clothes are hung up out of the way.)
Be eco-friendly at Christmas and use brown paper to wrap those presents! It’s son sale at our village shop. Balls of string too! Remember wrapping paper can’t contain plastic, dye, foil, glitter or sticky tape if it’s to be recycled!
Keep a stash of old wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and old cards for making gift tags!
Leave the seed heads on any plants until early in the year. Bugs and birds will make use of any of them.
Instead of supermarket shower spray try clear, distilled vinegar, diluted 50/50 with water, to spray the shower cubicle after every use. Then rinse it off. The vinegar keeps the mould at bay!
Put up bird feeders and enjoy seeing who arrives - keep the birds alive in winter.
Try to use natural cleaning products like lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. They do not contain any harmful chemicals. e.g. Clean your microwave with half a cup of water and a cut lemon, gently squeezed. Set timer for 3 minutes so microwave is nice and steamy. Wipe down with a clean cloth.
Another Christmas tip - wrap your gifts Japanese style in pretty fabric which can be reused - or maybe use drawstring bags.
Keep the leaves that are falling off the trees and either make piles in any available space or put them in black bags which need to be pricked with a fork to give air.
Window cleaning. Don't buy expensive glass cleaner simply fill a bowl with warm water, squirt in washing up liquid. Apply to window. Scrunch up newspaper into a ball and rub over the glass. Smear free cleaning!
Check that house plants are in peat free compost - peat bogs are great carbon sinks and need saving
Rake up leaves but leave a few piles for insects etc. to overwinter
Cover pans when cooking: Whenever you cook on the hob, always try to cover the pans – this reduces the amount of energy that escapes from open pans, plus the amount of time it takes to heat up food and boil water.
Unplug your charger when your phone, laptop or tablet is fully charged: Similarly, when your phone is fully charged, unplug the charger to conserve power.
Boil only as much water as you require: Tea and coffee drinkers can help here! Be careful with those kettles.
Use short cycles for washing clothes: Modern washing machines have an “Eco Wash” option you should take full advantage of.
Always look for sustainable, fair-trade, environmentally-friendly food, as this helps the economy.
Charity shops provide a way to recycle any unwanted items, find second-hand stuff and, importantly, supports the charitable cause of your choice.
Books, CDs, DVDs, and more can be borrowed from libraries and friends. You can cut down on packaging and shipping by simply renting or borrowing something, and you can return the favour to your friends to get some proper social interaction going.
If you haven’t got time to make cleaning products, you can make the switch to environmentally-friendly options instead such as Ecover that are biodegradable. Our local shop sells Ecover products.
Go paperless! You can receive all your bills and letters by email. And remember: don’t print off documents unless it’s absolutely vital. Help the process by recycling any paper and card you no longer need.
Put an old carrier bag in your pocket when out walking and collect any rubbish along the verges and paths. (Maybe take some hand sanitizer for when you've finished collecting)
Keep the heat inside - In the winter, don't drain your sink / cook pots of hot water until they've gone cold
Keep feeding the birds particularly in cold weather. They will reward you with song in the Spring
Save water; don’t wash the dishes! A dishwasher is more efficient if it’s full and loaded correctly!
Recycle plastic yogurt pots and fruit containers for growing on seedlings or make planting tubes out of newspaper
Choose veg without packaging: let’s show the supermarkets that there is no need for all the plastic wrapping
Replace teabags with loose tea; most teabags contain a film of plastic that will not degrade in our compost. Loose tea tastes better as well!
How did we store our food in the past before clingfilm? Bee-waxed food-wraps are sold in our shop
Planning your meals ahead can make a big difference to not wasting food
Beef emits 330 grams of carbon.
Fish 40 grams.
Vegetables only 14!
Degradable does not mean bio degradable, everything degrades eventually!
Use the village bus service when possible
Put solar panels on your roof
Honeybees only fly to one type of flower when foraging. Plant in large clumps
Mother-in-laws tongue produces a lot of oxygen at night. Good for the bedroom
Peace lilies and ferns love high humidity so are especially good in bathrooms.
Buy a reusable coffee cup; very few coffee cups are recycled because of a thin layer of plastic inside