The term ‘eco-friendly’ has become somewhat of a buzzword over the last few years. But do we know what it actually means and what an eco-friendly lifestyle entails?
Being eco-friendly means simply living in a way that’s friendly to the Earth. This can involve buying full compostable products, eating only organic vegetables with no pesticides, and using aeroplanes as infrequently as possible. In living this way, you will find that you have little to no negative effects on the environment.
Here are just a few ways to easily incorporate eco-friendly habits into your lifestyle.
Buy eco-friendly products
When you’re out shopping, always remember to look at the label before you buy something. There are lots of symbols that signal if the product is sustainably made, fairtrade or cruelty-free. Trusted organisations include the Soil Association, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade International. When possible, buy natural products as these are likely to fully decompose.
Also, the less packaging the better. Try and always buy loose fruit and vegetables in order to minimise your plastic waste and try to only buy recyclable products.
Be aware of the amount of fuel you consume
Using the car only when it is absolutely necessary can really help the environment. In this case, temporary car insurance is a good option so you don´t have to pay the car insurance for a whole year. Instead of using your car, use public transport or a bicycle wherever possible. Not only will you be helping the planet, but you’ll also get fit whilst doing it too!
By far the biggest culprit for carbon emissions is the aeroplane. Suss out other options, like long-distance trains or buses to decrease the amount of flying you’re doing. And if you do decide to go far away with the plane, go away for longer. It’s proven that slower travel is cheaper for you and better for the environment.
Make your home energy efficient
In the wake of the cost-of-living crisis, gas prices are on everyone’s minds. But by making your home more energy efficient, you’re also making it more eco-friendly by consuming less gas.
Start by insulating your roof and walls before turning your attention to draught-proofing your doors and windows. If needs be, replace your boiler so you get your money’s worth of gas and don’t overuse it. Finally, keep in mind your water usage. Only run your dishwasher when it’s absolutely full and don’t leave taps running for convenience.
First step to eating eco? Cutting the meat, especially beef. Studies have shown that following a vegan diet could decrease individual carbon footprints by 73% with many food companies following suit and offering a wealth of meat-free alternatives. Go for it, they’re more delicious than you think!