How to be More Sustainable at Home

How to be More Sustainable at Home

We’re more switched on to the importance of looking after the planet than ever before and for good reason.

Even the smallest of things you do to be more eco-friendly can help the environment.

To kick-start the New Year we’ve listed some really achievable ways for us all to be more sustainable at home.

Reduce single-use plastic

There’s a lot of simple swaps we can make as homeowners to reduce the amount of single-use plastic items in our homes, if not banish them altogether. Everything from opting for refill packs of cleaning products, shopping local and independent for groceries and banning food bags and cling film will make a difference. For more tips and things to look out for check out our reducing plastic in your home blog post.

Grow your own

You don’t need to have green fingers to be able to grow fruits, veggies and herbs in your garden – it’s easier than you think. The UK may not be blessed with year-round sunshine, but even so our climate makes for perfect growing conditions for foods and herbs like carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and mint. RHS has a handy grow your own section online to get you started and sets out what to plant when for best growth.

Be energy efficient

Having an energy efficient home isn’t just good for the environment, it can also save you money. It may seem like a daunting task to look into your home’s energy usage, but you’d be surprised by how much difference some simple actions can make. For example, did you know that a phone charger plugged in at the wall still uses some electricity even when it’s switched off? So all you need to do is unplug any chargers to get going. Head over to our blog post on how to make your home more energy efficient for other hacks.

Upcycle furniture

Upcycling furniture is a sustainable and cost-effective way to spruce up your home and keep up with new trends, without having to buy new items. You’ll find you quickly build up an upcycling kit made up of paint brushes, paints, tools, embellishments and fabrics which can be put to work on everything from chests of drawers and desks to cushions and photo frames. With upcycling you’re fully in control of your home décor vision, which we think is really exciting! House Beautiful has a great guide on upcycling for beginners.