Make your home more environmentally friendly

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18 April 2017 | Lifestyle

With Earth Day coming up this Saturday, there's no time like the present to look at ways to become a little greener.

So do your bit for the planet - reduce, reuse and recycle, following these tips.

 

Buy upcycled products

Upcycled products have become increasingly fashionable in recent years, as people becoming increasingly conscious of the amount of waste going into landfill.

But upcycled products are far from second rate - and it can be fun to have a go at making your own.

Upcycling platform Remade in Britain offers all manner of upcycled homewares and furniture.

If you fancy having a go at upcycling yourself, have a look through these pins on Pinterest for inspiration.

For more ideas, have a look at property guru Kirstie Allsopp's upcycling show Fill Your House For Free.

Invest in reusable bags

Research from National Geographic shows that in 2010, a staggering 8 million tonnes of plastic made its way in to the world’s oceans.

The government's 5p carrier bag charge has helped to cut the amount of plastic bags we are using - so use the charge to motivate you to invest in reusable bags.

For your weekly shop, buy several bags for life and make sure you take them with you. 

And for a stroll around the shops, invest in a jute or canvas bag to keep your purchases in.

Energy efficient lightbulbs

By swapping a regular light bulb with an energy efficient LED bulb, you could cut energy wastage by up to three quarters - reducing your carbon footprint quite dramatically.

Energy efficient light bulbs have a much longer lifespan – between 6,000 and 15,000 hours - compared to regular bulbs' 1,000 hours of life.

 

Start a compost heap

A compost heap can be used to dispose of garden waste, food waste, paper and card in an environmentally-friendly way, and helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

If you're interested in giving composting a try, let The Royal Horticultural Society get you started with its handy guide.

 

What everyday things do you do to be environmentally friendly? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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