Think it's not that easy being green? Think again! Simple everyday changes can make a real difference to our impact on the environment. Plus, there are tons of benefits to living an eco-friendly lifestyle: knowing we're doing our part for the environment, becoming healthier, and saving money on the annual energy bill to name a few.
If you’re interested in learning how to be green, here are some great ‘going green’ tips:
1. Rethink Your Washing & Energy Use
You may think that washing at 40°C for 2 hours is the best way to get your clothes clean and fresh but by opting for laundry detergents that are specifically designed to provide great results at 30°C, such as Persil Bio 3in1, you could be making a huge difference. Washing at 30 saves energy, and shorter washing cycles have also been found to release far fewer microfibres into the the water system.
The savings don't end with the washing machine though. If you think turning the TV to ‘standby’ is a good way to save energy when it’s not being used then you might be surprised to learn that even on standby electronics continue to draw power. A good habit to get the kids into is turning off appliances when they’ve finished with them – it’ll help you to ‘go green’ and your bank balance will thank you for it.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Throwing out packaging has huge environmental consequences – not only does rubbish contribute towards landfill but it also wastes the energy that went into making the product. If packaging can be recycled, then it should be. This way, it can be used time and time again, minimising the impact. Plastics, glass, papers, and tin cans can all be recycled in the UK. If your local collection doesn’t include recycling, you can find recycling bins at many supermarkets.
For your everyday essentials, look for products that come in recyclable packaging, like our Persil liquid and capsules.
3. Live In An Eco-Friendly Home
Part of understanding how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle is weighing up how much of an investment you can make towards it. If making adjustments to your home is a realistic option for you, then improving insulation, installing double-glazed windows, or even putting up some solar panels will all help to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save you money on energy bills over time.
Outside of the home, growing your own fruit and vegetables is a healthy and sustainable way to ensure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need to stay happy and healthy. Growing your own is one of the best ways to go green, reducing the amount of non-recyclable packaging your buy from the supermarket each week. You don’t even need to have a garden as foods like tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries can easily be grown on a sunny windowsill during the summer.
4. Try Second-Hand Style For An Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
The ‘fast fashion’ industry has a huge carbon footprint, from manufacturing new clothing to shipping it around the world. Buy second-hand clothes instead of new ones whenever you can; it makes a very real difference. And if you buy from a charity shop, you know the money is going to a good cause, too!
5. Get The Whole Family ‘On Yer Bike’ And Hooked On Living Green
For busy parents, going completely car-free isn’t always possible but it is possible to reduce the amount of time spent behind the wheel. For shorter journeys, grab a comfortable pair of shoes and get the family out and about using their legs. For longer journeys, dig out the old bicycles and get cycling! Not only can this significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which are contributing to climate change, but it’ll also help you improve your fitness level and boost health. Now that's a green living tip with added benefits!
Of course, it's not just parents that can learn how to live eco-friendly lifestyles - if everyone in your household takes a few steps towards living greener then the positive impact is so much greater. If your kids grow up knowing how to be green then they’re bound to do even more when they are adults. Teach your kids about global warming to help them understand the importance of turning off those lights and taps, and get yourself a few extra pairs of hands to help sort the recycling while you’re at it.
With these great ‘going green’ tips, families all across the country can find themselves well on the way towards leading a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. As well as living greener lives, you may also find that you reduce your annual bills, save money, and even increase the value of your home! So get thinking, and get the kids involved, too – it’s never been more important for the younger generation to understand how they can help the planet.