Whether you are new to green living or a seasoned eco-living expert, our 30 Green Living Tips will help you to get more enjoyment and fun from living closer to nature. Our Tips range from very simple ideas to more challenging ones, so feel free to consider them all or choose the ones that are best suited to you. Most of all, we hope that you find them useful and have lots of fun trying them out.  

 

Green Living Tips

1.

Go for a walk in your local park and soak up all the beauty around you. Enjoy the sun on your skin, smell of flowers and be mesmerized by the intricate designs present in nature. Isn’t nature amazing?

2.

Take a few seeds or grains from your kitchen, soak them overnight and place them in a glass jar. Rinse them twice a day. After a few days you should be a proud owner of a mini garden. If you enjoy growing food, you might even like to become a sproutarian.

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Next time you eat a banana, don’t throw the skin away. Keep it and during your walk to the park, bury it under a bush or a tree. After the skin decomposes it will become the most nutritious food for your chosen plant. What a wonderful gift to give.

4.

Instead of taking a car, go for a walk or get on a bike. Enjoy the nature around you while getting extra exercise.

5.

Visit your local farmer’s market and buy some yummy fresh fruits and veggies. Can you tell the difference in the quality and taste of these foods?

6.

Get in touch with your local council and find out where recycling points are located for all the tricky things to recycle, such as: old batteries, medications and oversized items.

7.

Before buying something new, double check if you really need it. Do you have another object at home that could be used instead?

8.

Put aside a few recyclable items, such as empty cardboard boxes, colourful magazines or other interesting items. After you have a nice collection of them, gather with your family or friends to make new creative things for your home. Have fun designing and making your eco masterpieces.

9.

Go to bed before it gets dark one evening a week to prevent switching on lights. Notice how it feels to be more in sync with your circadian rhythm.

10.

Instead of using plastic bags when shopping, how about making your own bag for life from old pieces of fabric. Learn how to make your own furoshicci that you can use not only as a bag but also a gift wrapper, blanket and even a piece of clothing.

11.

Reduce your shower time to less than 5 minutes and if you are super brave one, use only cold water.

12.

Try eating only raw fruits and vegetables one day a week. If you enjoy it, you might like to consider becoming a rawtarian.

13.

Instead of throwing old clothing out, come up with creative ideas of how to reuse them. Could you make little funny creatures from them? Could you use them as gifts for your family members?

14.

Introduce FIFO – First In First Out rule for your fridge, to reduce the amount of food waste in your home.

15.

Remember to make a shopping list before going to the shop. Make sure that you buy only what you need.

16.

Switch off as many stand-by devices as you can. Remember to unplug computer chargers when not used.

17.

Organise a water saving day at home by reducing the amount of water you normally use. Let’s say use only 20 litres.

18.

Grab an empty box and fill it with all unused and unneeded items from your home. Take your box with you on your way to a local charity shop. What a great way to help others and declutter your home.

19.

Instead of going on a holiday abroad and taking a flight, how about exploring your own country?

20.

Next time when shopping, try to buy food sold loose or in recyclable packing. Could you buy all items from your shopping list without packing or in recyclable packing only?

21.

Try switching to using home-made eco toothpaste. Dip a slightly wet toothbrush into bicarbonate of soda and put one drop of peppermint oil on top. Enjoy a sparkling clean white smile!

22.

Wash your hair with water only and avoid using a hair dryer.

23.

Every other day, have a chemical-free day and use only home-made natural cleaning and care products.

24.

Watch our Eco-Living Exhibition and consider making your own home accessories or eco-furniture.

25.

Replace disposable paper kitchen towels and tissue paper with fabric towels and napkins.

26.

Consider washing clothes that are only slightly soiled with water or borax only (no chemical detergents).

27.

Avoid taking unwanted or unneeded items – freebies offered in shops or on streets, such as: free newspapers, food samples or leaflets.

28.

When buying new home equipment, make sure that your old equipment is either sold, reclaimed or recycled.

29.

Sign up for our free Zero Waste Home e-course and learn how to send no waste to landfill.

30.

Consider volunteering with an environmental charity or local organisation dedicated to taking care of nature.