8 Simple effortless household swaps to a greener home

We are spending more time at home now than we ever have and so many of us have set out on home improvements, but have you been thinking about making changes to a greener household? If you are keen to make some simple swaps, Emma, founder of Dot & Doug gives ten simple swaps you can make round the home.

1.Tea Bags

We all know us Brits love our morning cuppa. What a lot of us don’t know is that our most of our everyday tea bags are sealed with small plastic pieces! Simply swapping your morning tea to loose tea in a tea strainer is a great alternative. It also tastes amazing!

Not for you? Why not look into eco-friendly tea bags. There are many brands now producing tea bags that are completely biodegradable.

2. Water Bottles

Did you know that roughly 2,480,000 tons (yes, tons!) of plastic bottles and other containers are tossed into landfill and not recycled every single year? Plastic bottles make up a huge portion of plastic waste, and a serious threat the our environment. Switch over to a stainless steel water bottle, and use the tap!

3. Beeswax Food Wraps

Instead of cling film or foil, switch to beeswax wraps to keep your food fresh! You can use beeswax wraps in the same way as cling film, over bowls or to wrap up sandwiches. The warmth from your hands softens the wraps a little, just enough to allow them to stick when wrapping. Once finished, you can just give it a clean over with some soapy water. They also come in a range of prints to suit all tastes!

4. Beauty Bars

Another easy swap to reduce our plastic usage is to switch to shampoo and conditioner bars. Beauty Kubes a Cornwall based company make a great range of environmentally friendly single use cubes. Simply crush the cube and add water and your ready to go. No plastic bottles, and also great for travel! Made up of completely natural products too, so no nasties going on your body or hair!

5. Cleaning Products

Making your own cleaning products using vinegar, baking soda, lemon and essential oils instead of harsh chemicals in plastic bottles. Have a look online for different DIY cleaner recipes.

6. Recycle Correctly

This is a really simple one! Make sure you rinse all your recycling before putting it in the bin, and look at your local councils website for what can and can’t be recycled. Black plastic is NOT recyclable, so we try to avoid it completely when making purchases, but if you must remember it can’t go into your plastic recycling bin! Also, try and reuse any of your recyclables before sending them off to the recycling centre. We reuse plastic trays as plant saucers, reuse sauce jars, and will make up fire starter parcels for our fire out of toilet rolls. (I will add my fire starters to another blog post for you all!)

7. shopping bags

We all do it, we get to the checkout and we have no bags for our shopping. Changing to fabric bags would save plastic bags being thrown away and being single use. Fabric bags are a great alternative, and easy to fold up and store to keep in the boot of the car or a handbag.

8. Swap to compostable bin bags

Instead of buying plastic bin bags, purchase 100% compostable instead. These will be completely biodegradable and will decompose in around 3 months. Reducing the plastic going into landfill.

We would love to hear any other great simple swaps you have for greener living.

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