Unilever have recently made a pledge to halve the environmental impact of its products over the next 10 years. The decision to go green will be seen not just in the reduction of their carbon dioxide emissions and waste, but it will also reduce the impact caused by their suppliers and customers. It’s a huge step to see conglomerates and governments realizing that there is a problem and promising to change their ways. Although the schemes might take time to put into action, every little helps, from individuals to global corporations, each and everyone can make a difference, just by making a few small changes.
Going eco doesn’t have to be a drag or mean that you have to make do with second rate products. There is now a great range of goods on the market that are kind to the environment from cosmetics to toiletries and light bulbs to cleaning products.
To help you kick start your eco regime, we’ve put together a few ideas:
- Switch from standard light bulbs to ‘daylight energy saving bulbs’. They are more efficient, so in the long run you will need fewer, saving you money on all counts!
- Discard aerosols and furniture polishes, you can use a small amount of olive oil or use something like ‘citra-wood’. It’s made from natural soybean oil and pure orange, so smells natural too!
- Stop using chemical detergents, and swap to natural suds or use an ‘Aquaball’. They are efficient at removing stains, are kind to skin and are cost effective.
- Use moisturizers and soaps that are made with natural ingredients.The chemicals in many brands are not only harmful to you, but to the environment as well!
- Insulate your floor. It is said that 15% of household heat is lost through the floor, so if you are thinking of redecorating, add wool insulation. Your house will be warmer, and you’ll save money on heating bills!
- Use metal water bottles. Plastic bottles are not good for you, and by switching to metal you can reuse the bottle over and over.
- Compost!! Any vegetable or fruit scraps such as peel can go into your compost! It will reduce garbage and your plants will love it too!
- Reuse your shopping bags! Thankfully most shops have set up programs to incentivise their customers to recycle and reuse their bags. There are lots of great ideas out there too, from hemp bags to pocket size fold-away bags there’s an option to suit everyone’s needs!
- Use chemical free paint. It will stop the room from stinking too.
- Attach water saver faucets to your taps and toilets! It makes them more efficient and will also save your money on your bill.