January Eco Tips

Below are the 31 eco tips that were sent out each day through January.  Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @greenalternativesuk to receive a daily tip.

  1. In season Fruit and Veg for January - Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Spring Greens, Spreing Onions, Squash, Swedes, Turnips
  2. Cutting out meat 1 day per week will cut carbon footprint by 1915 lbs of CO2
  3. Grow your own low maintenance produce - Corgettes, Squashes, Beetroot, Cillies, Dwark French Beans, Potatoes, Strawberries, Radishes, Shallots Gooseberries, Rhubarb.  Full details visit www.gardenersworld.com/plants/low-maintenance-veg-and-fruit/
  4. Don't leave electrical items on standby
  5. Take your own bags, containers, wraps etc. when you go shopping
  6. Compact all cans for recycling and use the net on recycling boxes to stop the wind spreading it down the road
  7. Before putting non recyclable plastic in the bin tie it in knots to stop it getting blown away during bin emptying or emptying at landfill
  8. Use the correct amount of product i.e. skin creams etc. Full details https://www.today.com/style/how-much-skin-product-apply-serum-moisturizer-more-t105697
  9. Put a dry fluffy towel in the tumble dryer with wet clothes for 20 minutes of the cycle and then remove.  Hang the towel to dry separately, the tumble dryer should be able to be turned off earlier or run at a lower temperature
  10. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth to save 12 litres of water per day
  11. Used paper based alternatives to sellotape.   https://greenalternatives.co.uk/collections/recycled-wrapping-paper/products/eco-adhesive-paper-tape
  12. Make clothes last. It can take 1700 litres to produce the cotton for a single t-shirt
  13. Attend a Swishing party.  This is where you take clothes you don't want to wear anymore and swap with what others bring.
  14. Use Ecosia instead of Google as a more environmentally friendly search engine that plants trees with each use.
  15. Take wax wraps to the bakery for bread, bagels etc.
  16. If you need to print switch from Arial to Century Gothic to save 30% on printer ink.
  17. Use you old toothbrush for cleaning hard to reach places
  18. Swap products to bamboo alternatives.  Reasons being, it can grow up to 3 feet per day, produces 35% more oxygen than other tree species, grows 100 times faster than oak, doesn't require pesticides to grow.
  19. Make your own popcorn to cut down on snacks packaging
  20. Take your own lunch to work.  This cuts down on non-recyclable packing most sandwiches and other snacks come in.
  21. Make sure your pension and other investments are in ethical funds.
  22. Only boil the water you need when making hot drinks
  23. Look at the uses banana skins can be used for https://brightside.me/inspiration-tips-and-tricks/10-unusual-ways-to-use-banana-peels-520360/
  24. Check products you buy for palm oil
  25. Set up a street/neighbours WhatsAPP group to share tools etc. to save people buying things they will rarely use
  26. Take faulty/damaged electrical items to a repair cafe.
  27. Save your packaging and donate to companies like ours who reuse anything that is donated.
  28. Use a dishwasher, modern machines will save you time and water and on a eco cycle acually save on money too than hand washing.
  29. Using OKCupid dating APP will allow you to filter out climate deniers
  30. Swap your washing sponge that contains micro-plastics with coconut fibre scrub pads. https://greenalternatives.co.uk/collections/kitchen/products/safix-coconut-fibre-scrub-pad-scourer
  31. Plan your journey, can it be done by foot, on bike, train, bus?  If not car share?travel comparisons

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