April Eco Tips
If you missed of our social media posts then below are the eco tips posted out in April. Follow us on @greenalternativesuk on Instagram or Facebook to get these daily.
1st In season foods Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, New Potatoes, Kale, Morel Mushrooms, Parsnips, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rocket, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress
2nd Pay bills on line/switch to online statements - Cuts out on paper and carbon footprint
3rd Walk to work
4th 8 Rs - Rethink - Do you need item? Is there a more eco alternative? What is the environmental impact?
5th Refuse - Plastic bags, paper bags, receipts, plastic straws, free plastic toys, balloons
6th Reduce - Car usage, buying new electronics, buying new clothes, air travel, meat and dairy consumption, single use items
7th Reuse - Wrapping paper, boxes and packaging, clothes, towels and bedding, jars, toothbrushes (for cleaning)
8th Refill - Cereals, beans, pulses, pasta and grains, nuts, tea and coffee, cleaning products...list goes on.
9th refurbish/repair - Whatever you can, look at YouTube videos, take to repair cafe, call in a specialist
10th Repurpose - Get creative, look at Etsy and see how you could save something from lanfill
11th recycle - As a last resort, opt for glass and metal packaging that can be recycled indefinitely.
12th Re-steep your tea leaves
13th Gaseous fruit - Keep apples, bananas and avocados separate from other produce
14th Palm oil products - Be aware of the numbers of products out there that contain it
15th Palm oil names - Be aware of the many names palm oil goes by
16th Ekoru - Search engine that removes plastic from the ocean with each search
17th Greenwashing techniques - Be mindful of packaging, many eco claims are made to mask other areas of the product/manufacturing process.
18th English tourism week - Don’t fly, look at the holidays on offer within the UK
19th Snack n go range - Check out are range of washable sandwich and snack bags
20th Make your own glass cleaner - 50ml of white wine vinegar with 950ml of water
21st Shaving soap - Swap from a shaving foam canister, just as effective and plastic free
23rd use orange peel to clean pans
24th Alternative gifts - Eco gift ideas - an online course, meaningful book you own, month's worth of organic produce, book a class together
25th Washable dishcloths - Look on our product pages for washable cloths that are also compostable
26th Food waste – eat left overs, make a food plan to incorporate them
27th Foil recycling - Make sure you save it up so when you screw it up it's at least the size of a tennis ball to ensure the machine picks it up
28th Wrap half avocados in lettuce leaves to keep them fresh
29th Buy second hand where you can, may save something from lanfill
30th Try a non dairy milk like oat, requires far less water and has much smaller carbon footprint