Daily Eco-Tip Archive

  • Daily Eco-Tip Archive

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    18.07.2021

    Baking Soda Helps Stop Musty Smells In Your Vacuum Cleaner.

    Sprinkle some baking soda into your vacuum bag to help reduce musty/pet smells being spread throughout your house when vacuuming.

    17.07.2021

    Buy Local To Guarantee Freshness.

    If you’re eating out-of-season, the answer’s probably red and sweet. On average, food travels between 1,500 to 2,500 miles from the farm to your fork. Buy local, in-season produce for the freshest, most eco-friendly options.

    Out-of-season fruits and veggies shipped from outside the country travel up to 2 weeks before they arrive in the grocery store.

    A California tomato sold in New York, for example, has travelled about 2,800 miles and the truck transporting it produces more than 3,100 lbs of CO2 getting it there.

    16.07.2021

    Eco-Friendly Food.

    Eco-Friendly Food. Make more foods from scratch, pasta, breads, yogurt, granola, cookies and salad dressings, with friends. Save money and unnecessary packaging by buying bulk ingredients, and have fun making tastier, healthier food.

    15.07.2021

    Keep Bags In The Car.

    Why not keep a bag full of reusable bags in the car (hidden away under a seat) for all those planned and unplanned trips to the store?

    14.07.2021

    Be Responsible About Litter.

    Human rubbish can he hazardous to wildlife, and litter always contributes to an untidy or dirty-looking neighbourhood. It can also spoil the natural beauty of the countryside.

    So always make sure you take your litter home with you when you are out and about. Why not keep a disposable plastic bag in your handbag, briefcase or even in a pocket to collect your litter while you’re out.

    An extra benefit of this is that you might even be able to recycle some of your waste when you get home, as well.

    13.07.2021

    Greener Barbecues.

    When having a barbecue, remember that charcoal made from local sustainable woodlands is far better than propane (which, of course, is made from fossil fuels).

    In the UK, British Charcoal makes no contribution to Climate Change, whereas propane does. Mains gas would be better than propane as well, since less energy is used transporting it.

    12.07.2021

    Buy Fair-Trade Orange Juice.

    Choose to buy fair-trade orange juice, preferably organic too, to ensure that you’re not supporting orange farming around the world that still uses child labour.

    Concentrated juice is rarely labelled with its country of origin so it’s impossible to know which comes from countries where child labour is widespread.

    11.07.2021

    Use Rings Of Cardboard To Protect Seedlings.

    Organic gardeners might use physical barriers such as small rings of cardboard to protect seedlings from cutworms.

    10.07.2021

    Make Good Use Of Old Wool.

    If you have any old wool or woollen items which are too old or too moth-eaten to reuse, either compost them or donate to scrapstores, residential homes and charity shops.

    09.07.2021

    Make Your Fireplace Smell Better With Lemon Peels.

    Lemons aren’t just good for lemonade. Lemons, as well as their lemon peels, have many green uses. For example, if your fireplace smells throw some lemon peels in there along with the firewood and let it burn.

    08.07.2021

    In Support Of Hedges.

    Hedges make great wildlife habitats and an attractive alternative to walls or fences in the garden.

    Use traditional species such as hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly, beech, spindle, privet and yew.

    These provide food, shelter and nesting sites for birds, as well as shelter for animals travelling between gardens such as frogs and hedgehogs.

    07.07.2021

    Help Protect Habitats.

    Practical conservation groups are always looking for local people to give up a few hours a month to help create and protect habitats for wildlife. No experience is needed as free training is given.

    Check out the contact details for groups in your area, either in the phonebook or on the internet.

    06.07.2021

    Support ‘Green-Aware’ Businesses.

    Wherever possible you should support businesses that promote a cleaner environment, either through their environmental policy (reducing & recycling etc.) or because their products are more environmentally-friendly that others.

    05.07.2021

    Make Your Own Deodorant From An Empty Roll-On Container,

    When your roll-on deodorant is empty, prise out the ball, wash-out and dry the container.

    Fill the container with bicarbonate of soda. Srinkle a little on a damp flannel and apply to underarms – it works! The ball will make a cat toy.

    04.07.2021

    Keep Your Fridge Between 3-5 Degrees.

    Fridges don’t need to be cooler than 3 degrees C. If they are, they’re wasting energy.

    Keeping a thermometer in the fridge will help you make sure the temperature never falls below 3 degrees.

    03.07.2021

    Use Salt To Clean Silver.

    Commercial silver cleaners can be harsh and abrasive, so why not think about creating an alternative cleaner.

    Mix about 1 pint (560ml) of water with a teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. Add a strip of aluminium foil to the mix. Drop your silver item (not sterling silver though) into this mixture and boil for a few minutes.

    Remove the item with a pair of tongs and polish with a soft cloth. If the silver is particularly grimy you can add lemon juice to the mix.

    02.07.2021

    Use Lemon Juice To Deter Ants.

    Pouring lemon juice around areas that ants frequent is said to repel them.

    01.07.2021

    Get On Your Bike!

    Have fun! Ride your bike – for exercise, for errands, or even for commuting. It’s a great way to travel and it can help you and the air get into better condition. Vehicles on the road create more than 25% of all air pollution nationwide.

    30.06.2021

    Use A Solar-Powered Phone Charger.

    Don’t think that you have to plug your mobile phone into the wall to recharge it. Instead, you could invest in a solar-powered phone charger.

    Of course, you’ll need to be more organised to use a solar-powered phone charger so that you don’t just slip back into the old, easy, option of plugging the phone in again. However, if you’re successful, not only will you be helping to reduce your own carbon footprint but you’ll be saving money too.

    29.06.2021

    Tip Coffee Machine Contents On Your Compost Heap.

    Before emptying the contents of your coffee machine into the sink or bin, think about tipping it on the compost heap, instead.

    28.06.2021

    It’s Easy To Grow Your Own Salads.

    If you’re fed up paying high prices for over-packaged salad, here’s an idea. You don’t even need a garden to grow your own salad and its really easy to do. Some salads can be grown all year round. Grow them on your windowsill or by your front door.

    Then you’ll be able to enjoy great-tasting organic food, free of charge.

    27.06.2021

    Try Tobacco Water For An Organic Pesticide.

    For an organic pesticide, try tobacco water. Place a large handful of tobacco into 4 quarts/litres of warm water. Let stand for 24 hours. Apply with a spray bottle.

    This tobacco water is also poisonous to humans, so use caution when handling it.

    26.06.2021

    When Brushing Your Teeth.

    It doesn’t seem like much, but turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth will save gallons of water.

    25.06.2021

    Vacuum Your Fridge.

    Next time you get the vacuum cleaner out — give your fridge a treat and save money.

    Run the cleaner gently over the coils on the back of the fridge to remove the dust.

    The motor will run for shorter periods and save you cash.

    24.06.2021

    Eco-Friendly Ant Deterrant.

    If you’ve got a problem with ants, avoid chemical based ant deterrants. Instead, locate the place of entry, squeeze a lemon onto it and leave the peel.

    Ants will also retreat from lines of talcum powder, chalk, bone meal, charcoal dust and cayenne pepper.

    23.06.2021

    Get Organised At Home To Avoid Unnecessary Purchases.

    Why not design your own cupboard storage systems with a bunch of inexpensive clear plastic boxes or bins?

    Stash all sorts of household essentials in their own box – for
    instance, tape, ribbon, razors, soap, shampoo, etc. That way you can
    quickly see what you already have at home and won’t be tempted to
    overbuy.

    22.06.2021

    Use Baking Soda To Extinguish Stove Fires.

    Baking soda can be thrown on stove fires to extinguish the
    flames. The carbon dioxide generated when the powder burns starves the
    fire of oxygen.

    21.06.2021

    Avoid New Furniture Made With Exotic Hardwoods.

    If you must buy new furniture, try to avoid anything made used exotic hardwoods.

    Illegal logging and deforestation in Liberia, for example, during the late 1990’s raised an estimated £100million per year, which went straight into the coffers of a warlord, thereby funding Liberia’s brutal civil war.

    Instead, opt for sustainable wood options including birch, ash, sycamore and cherry woods.

    20.06.2021

    Turn Computer Monitors Off Overnight.

    Make sure you turn off your computer monitor, and not just the computer itself, overnight.

    A monitor left switched on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 A4 pages.

    19.06.2021

    Avoid Plastic Food Wrapping.

    Plastic food wrapping often contains phthalates, which have been linked to foetal deficiencies and infertility.

    Why not wash out your old jars and use them to store dried food. Cheese can be wrapped in greaseproof paper.

    18.06.2021

    Go Smoke-Free.

    Instead of polluting the neighbourhood every time you have a barbecue, why not switch to smoke-free fuel.

    17.06.2021

    Try Environmentally Friendly Car Batteries.

    Varta Automotive are not only the world experts in car batteries, they also go to great lengths to adopt a green approach where possible through out all stages of development and production.

    They, and other companies too, now offer a more eco-friendly car battery, so why not think about getting a ‘greener’ car battery next time yours needs replacing?

    16.06.2021

    Weedkiller Alternatives.

    Manufactured weedkillers can harm the environment as well as killing weeds – and some are quite expensive too.

    As an alternative, try boiling water. Boiling water will kill weeds if you pour it directly onto them. Take care not to get the water on the plants you want to keep in your garden though, as it will affect those too.

    This method is especially useful for paving cracks (on a patio, for example) as long as all the plants between the paving slabs are weeds.

    15.06.2021

    Don’t Let Air Conditioning And Heating Fight Each Other.

    Never turn on local air conditioning units for cooling purposes if the heating is on. The systems end up working against each other, wasting energy in the process.

    14.06.2021

    Eating Out – Take Any Leftovers Home.

    Bring your own container to take home leftovers when dining out.

    13.06.2021

    Think Of Ways To Use Less Water.

    Over the course of this century, reducing water usage will become as important as recycling has become in recent decades.

    This is because the reservoirs of underground water that feed wells and springs, are being drained to supply our incessant agricultural, industrial and consumer demand.

    One very simple way to reduce water usage, is to wash in a half-basin of water rather than under running water. Test this idea for yourself – put the plug in while you wash under running water and see how full the basin gets.

    12.06.2021

    Don’t Let Rainwater Go To Waste.

    Collecting rainwater in a water butt makes good use of water that would otherwise just run down drainpipes into soak-aways and run-offs. It will also save mains water, which is in short supply these days.

    11.06.2021

    Avoid The Free Brochure Or Leaflets At Museums And Theatres.

    Although they may look very attractive and appear full of useful information, try to avoid taking the free brochures or leaflets available at many theatres and museums – or even the free information sheets at showrooms on the high street.

    Most of the information is also available online and you’re less likely to lose it on your computer than if you simply stuff it your pocket

    10.06.2021

    Cover Your Car Windscreens To Avoid Frost And Ice.

    During the cold months of Winter, to help avoid your car windscreens icing over and needing to use chemical-based de-icing solutions, simply cover your front and back windscreens at night with cardboard or newspaper – cover the windows fully to stop moisture sticking the paper to the window.

    09.06.2021

    Make A Good Choice When Looking For A New Camera.

    When you’re buying a new camera, think about this. Faster film speeds reduce the use of flash and extend battery life.

    08.06.2021

    Check Out How Green Your Cheese Is.

    It’s worth checking out that cheese you love so much – it could be that the cheddar in your fridge is not organic and probably came from a factory farm.

    Why not support local, small-scale, humane farms, keep cows and your family safe, and delight in sustainably-farmed cheese.

    Cheese produced from grass-fed pasture-raised cattle has more beta-carotene, 4 times more Omega 3s and 5 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, which may reduce cancer risk and contribute to weight loss) than cheese produced by grain-fed bovines.

    Help end the antibiotic addiction. Last year in the USA alone, overuse of antibiotics on livestock totalled more than 20 million lbs (10 million kgs).

    Don’t support horrendous factory farms where cows are crammed together in very tight spaces. Small dairy farm artisanal cheeses taste worlds better than mass-produced, processed cheeses.

    07.06.2021

    Donate Your Old Curtains.

    Curtains are resource-intensive in the amount of material they require, so don’t leave the old ones to fester in the garage when you’ve replaced them with new ones.

    Don’t throw them in your garbage either. Instead think about donating them to a charity, who will wash them and resuse them as curtains or even resuse them as something else.

    06.06.2021

    Use A Bowl To Wash Dishes & Recycle The Water.

    Always wash dishes by hand in a bowl in the basin, and then use the dish water for watering the garden, or indoor plants.

    05.06.2021

    Send Old CDs To A Specialist Recyling Firm.

    CDs are made from non-renewable plastics that usually end up in landfills. Send your CDs to one of the recycling firms that re-uses CDs and turn them into something else.

    04.06.2021

    Reuse Cardboard Supermarket Fruit Trays As A Mini Kitchen Compost Bin.

    After the guilt trip for buying fruit packed in such a container, the good news is that it can be reused as an alternative to just recycling it. Place it in the bottom of a biodegradeable bag, line the bag with newspaper and you’ve got a useful kitchen compost bin.

    When it’s full, simply take the whole bag. complete with cardboard base and newspaper, and toss it into your main compost bin in the garden, where the cardboard tray and newspaper adds fibre to the greenery.

    03.06.2021

    Invest In A Slow Cooker.

    You don’t have to use an oven or hob to cook. A slow cooker uses little more energy than a light bulb and because the food is cooked gently it loses little of its vitamins and flavour compared to normal cooking methods.

    Steamers and pressure cookers are also excellent ways to conserve energy and preserve taste and goodness when you cook food.

    02.06.2021

    Have Dinner By Candlelight.

    Saving energy is a great excuse to turn off your lights and have a romantic dinner by candlelight every now and then.

    Try using vegetable-based or beeswax candles which are better for the environment than paraffin candles and also better for your health.

    01.06.2021

    Greener Decorating.

    When it’s time to redecorate your home, purchase latex paint instead of oil-based paint whenever possible.

    Buy paint in small quantities to ensure its full use and recycle your extra paint.

    31.05.2021

    Use Banana Skin To Clean Leather Shoes.

    To clean leather shoes, rub with banana peel (the inside of the peel), then wipe and buff with a cloth.

    30.05.2021

    Eating Out – Take Any Leftovers Home.

    Bring your own container to take home leftovers when dining out.

    29.05.2021

    Sensible Food Choices.

    Make sensible choices when selecting your food. For example, it’s worth noting that it takes 50,000 – 100,000 litres of water (total usage) to put 1Kg of meat on a supermarket shelf, but only 900 litres of water to put 1Kg of wheat on the same shelf.

    28.05.2021

    Plant Potatoes In Old Tyres.

    When you’re finished with an old tyre, don’t throw it away. Instead, put it in a corner of your garden and plant a potato seed in the centre, covering it with 1cm of soil or compost.

    As the plant grows, add soil to just short of the growing tip of the shoot. Keep adding soil, and more tyres if required (if you have them).

    27.05.2021

    Dispose of Cigarettes Butts Properly.

    Did you know it takes 10 years for one cigarette butt to biodegrade? Most people wouldn’t throw a gum wrapper on the ground, but cigarette butts are commonly dropped or tossed out of car windows.

    Cigarette butts are not only litter, but they also cause many serious environmental problems. Many land and marine animals die annually from mistakenly eating cigarette butts. Cigarettes tossed out of car windows are often the cause of forest fires.

    26.05.2021

    Avoid Peak Power Periods.

    The
    highest demands for electricity are from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and
    from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wherever possible, try to avoid using large
    appliances such as dryers, washers, and ovens during these times.

    25.05.2021

    Choose Your Seafood Wisely.

    Choose your seafood wisely. Did you know nearly 70% of the world’s fisheries are fully fished or overfished?

    About 30 million tons of fish, sharks, and seabirds die each year as “wasted catch” — animals caught accidentally and discarded, dead or dying.

    Helping the world’s oceans is a easy as making wise choices when you buy seafood. Look for the MSC Kitemark (Marine Stewardship Council) when buying seafood or other similar marks.

    24.05.2021

    Use Orange Peel For A Quick Potpourri.

    Although orange peels aren’t the worst thing to throw into your garbage, what if you could actually use them instead of tossing them? For example, throw your citrus peels in a pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks to freshen the air in your kitchen.

    23.05.2021

    Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner.

    Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse it down with boiling water.

    (tip: when pouring the cup of vinegar down the drain, keep eyes away as the baking/vinegar mixture will fizz).

    22.05.2021

    Natural Food/Organic Food.

    Seek out your local natural food store and organic farmer’s markets and check carefully for organic certification.

    Prices may sometimes be a bit higher, but consider it a donation to the earth, and a preventative healthcare measure.

    21.05.2021

    Electricity In The Average Home.

    Electricity from the average home puts more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year than two average cars do over the same period.

    Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances. Consider putting in timers on lights to automatically turn lights off after a set period. And don’t leave appliances in standby.

    20.05.2021

    Avoid Using Foam Peanuts For Packaging.

    Foam peanuts are a popular packaging material, but they’re mostly made from polystyrene. Toxic chemicals leach from the peanuts, they are made from crude oil and they don’t totally break down, just fragment.

    If burned, polystyrene gives off highly toxic fumes. It’s the same sort of situation with any sort of polystyrene foam packing product. So try to avoid using foam peanuts if possible and look for a greener solution to your packaging needs.

    19.05.2021

    Think About Bamboo Furniture.

    Bamboo is a good option for furniture because it is both sustainable – it grows quickly and requires little water, fertilizer, or pesticide – and versatile – it can be moulded into a variety of shapes.

    18.05.2021

    Reusing Old Tights And Stockings.

    Don’t throw your old torn tights and stocking. If you are a gardener you can use them to tie up vines, roses and such.

    17.05.2021



    Choose Organic Cotton.


    Cotton is the world’s most-sprayed crop, producing toxin run-off that contaminates nearby streams and rivers.

    The chemicals used in sheep-dips for non-organic wool production are
    toxic and leak into the local water supply, as does the chlorine used
    for shrink-resistance treatments.

    Wherever possible, try to look for organic wool or cotton products.

    16.05.2021

    Be Responsible When Buying Souvenirs.

    Think twice before buying certain souvenirs when you’re overseas.

    Many souvenirs in exotic places are made from endangered animals. Knickknacks made from materials such as ivory, reptile skins, tortoise shells and coral not only encourage poachers, but may be illegal to bring back to your home country.

    15.05.2021

    Borax And Water Make A Great All-Purpose Cleaner.

    Avoid the toxic chemicals (and high price tags) of many commercial cleaning products by making your own. A teaspoon of liquid soap or borax dissolved in a quart of warm water makes a dandy all-purpose cleaner. For tougher jobs, use one-half cup borax, one-half teaspoon liquid soap, and a splash of vinegar in two gallons of warm water.

    14.05.2021

    Use Bicarbonate Of Soda With Distilled Malt Vinegar To Whiten Grout.

    Use bicarbonate of soda mixed with distilled malt vinegar to make a paste for use as a grout whitener in the bathroom or kitchen.

    13.05.2021

    Try Baking Soda To Shine-Up Your Car’s Chrome Work.

    A baking-soda/water paste applied to chrome surfaces, allowed to dry then buffed off will leave chrome shining!

    12.05.2021

    Use Eco-Friendly cleaning Products to Clean your House

    Many popular cleaning products found in stores contain a range of ingredients that harm the environment. Lots of the chemicals in these brands, used to clean our clothes, our dishes and our house end up damaging both the planet and its biodiversity.

    Chemicals such as detergents, preservatives, or foaming agents are the ones that cause the most harm to nature. Try switching to alternative eco-friendly brands, such as those that contain sustainably grown or raised ingredients that do not deplete the ecosystem, nor harm it when expelled back out.

    In an ideal world, you should try to use products that contain no synthetic ingredients.

    11.05.2021

    Not ready to go vegetarian?

    Try committing to a meat-free diet one or two days a week to decrease the resources you use up. According to a recent study, it takes about 750 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of wheat, whereas it takes 100,000 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef. That’s a huge difference.

    10.05.2021

    Choose Organic Cotton.

    Cotton is one of the world’s most polluting crops. Farmers spend $2.6 billion per year for pesticides to protect it from insects. It also uses excessive amounts of the world’s fresh water.

    Make sure you choose organic cotton whenever you can. Or choose other environmentally-friendly fabrics.

    09.05.2021

    Wash on cold rather than hot or warm water.

    This makes a big difference, and most modern washers do an equally fine job of getting clothes spic and span in cold. Likewise, try to hang dry items when you can—skipping the tumble dryer can save around 60% of energy used on laundry.

    08.05.2021

    Eco-Friendly Gift-Wrap.

    Beautiful, eco-friendly gift wrapping is easy if you use creativity rather than cash.

    For example, wrap gifts in old newspapers, used paper grocery bags, or fabric. Small gifts can even be wrapped in colourful paper scraps left over from other projects.

    Or make personalised wrap by decorating plain paper or old shoe boxes. Print or stamp holiday greetings on recycled paper.

    Finally, reuse bows and tie packages with string, ribbon, or raffia that the recipient can reuse. Avoiding tape makes it easier to save and reuse the paper as well.

    07.05.2021

    Pick Up Litter While Jogging.

    If you go for a jog in the park, take a bag and pick up litter on the way.

    It’s a great way of working your legs and you help the environment at the same time.

    06.05.2021



    Use Borax To Help Prevent Mould And Mildew.


    When you’re putting wallpaper on walls and want to help stop mould and
    mildew growing on the paper, use borax in your paste, instead of
    commercial fungicide (which contains potentially toxic chemicals).

    05.05.2021

    Don’t Let Rainwater Go To Waste.

    Collecting rainwater in a water butt makes good use of water that would
    otherwise just run down drainpipes into soak-aways and run-offs. It will
    also save mains water, which is in short supply these days.

    04.05.2021

    𝗦𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗧𝗼 𝗟𝗘𝗗’𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗼 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆.

    Lighting accounts for 15% of global electricity use. Switching to LEDs will use 90% less energy and last far longer than with the use of incandescent lights.

    03.05.2021

    Bars of Soap Are Better.

    A bar of soap generates less packaging waste and is less expensive than liquid soap in plastic bottles with pump dispensers.

    02.05.2021

    Greener Decorating.

    When it’s time to redecorate your home, purchase latex paint instead of oil-based paint whenever possible.

    Buy paint in small quantities to ensure its full use and recycle your extra paint.

    01.05.2021

    Keep Your Fridge Away From The Wall.

    Aim to keep your fridge more than 5cm from the wall and leave space on either side to keep vents free and air flowing.

    30.04.2021

    Help Protect Habitats.

    Practical conservation groups are always looking for local people to
    give up a few hours a month to help create and protect habitats for
    wildlife. No experience is needed as free training is given.

    Check out the contact details for groups in your area, either in the phonebook or on the internet.

    29.04.2021

    Avoid Using Sponges In The Kitchen.

    Try to avoid using sponges in the kitchen, for wiping surfaces or washing up.

    Linen dishcloths last longer than a sponge for wiping surfaces. For washing up, use a brush.

    28.04.2021

    Keep Your Hairdrier In Efficient Working Order.

    Hairdriers work more efficiently if you clean the intake vents every month with an old toothbrush.

    27.04.2021

    Choose Glass Or Ceramic Cookware.

    Glass and ceramic cookware decrease cooking temperatures by an
    average 15 degrees Celsius. It’s energy efficiency at work – Saving You
    Time, Energy & Money.

    26.04.2021

    Lemon Peel Can Help Your Garbage Disposal Smell Better.

    Lemons aren’t just good for lemonade. Lemons, as well as their lemon
    peels, have many green uses. For example, if your garbage disposal is a
    bit smelly, cut the lemon peels into smaller pieces and then toss them
    down the drain.

    Run the disposal to grind them up. You will smell the difference immediately.

    25.04.2021

    Use Grill To Its Full Capacity When Toasting.

    Always try to use the grill to its full capacity. For example, it is cheaper to toast several slices of toast at a time rather then separately.

    24.04.2021

    Fill Your Home With Sunlight.

    A great way to make the most of natural light by painting your walls a light colour, so you’ll need less artificial light.

    Plus, one skylight can bring enough light into a small room than
    electric lighting during the day. You can even buy a tube skylight which
    can direct sunlight from roof into a small room.

    23.04.2021

    Screensavers Don’t Save Energy.

    Don’t forget that setting-up a screen saver does not save any energy. Screensavers are there simply to stop the image of a static screen from being imprinted on the monitor glass.

    22.04.2021

    Reuse Boxes.

    When your office get shipments in, save the boxes and use them for shipments going out.

    21.04.2021

    Change Boiler Air Filters Monthly During Winter.

    In the winter, change your boiler air filters once a month. The boiler consumes more energy when it is full of dust.

    20.05.2021

    Check Your Car And Help Keep Local Waterways Clean.

    Help keep local waterways clean by checking for leaks under the car.
    Just a few litres of oil can contaminate a million gallons of water.

    19.04.2021

    Control Your Speed.

    Travelling at less than 15mph creates the most pollution. As your speed increases up to 60mph your level of pollution decreases.

    Travelling over 60mph increases your level of pollution again.

    18.04.2021

    Make Your Own Drinks.

    Squeeze your fruit juices, invent flavours never seen before, or simply make your own lemonade.

    Ideally, use locally-grown organic fruits. You’ll make a drink that is
    tastier, healthier and cheaper than anything you can buy in the shops.

    Plus, you’ll be reducing the amount of packaging you accumulate from
    each visit to the supermarket, and your drink-manufacturing exercise
    will use a lot less energy than the processes used to make the drinks on
    sale in the shops.

    17.04.2021

    Make Good Choices For Fish.

    Your seafood choices can shift demand from fragile fish populations to robust ones.

    Most of us may never see the world beneath the waves, but visible or
    not, what happens undersea has potential consequences for the global
    environment.

    Bad fish choices include:- halibut, cod and salmon (from the Atlantic), shark, salmon (shrimp, swordfish and bluefin tuna).

    Good fish choices include:- halibut and salmon (from Alaska), mackerel
    (Spanish and Atlantic), herring (from the Atlantic) and sardines.

    16.04.2021

    Go Vegan To Save CO2 Emissions.

    A recent study in the USA concluded that a person switching from a typical American diet to a vegan diet with the same number of calories would avoid damage to the environment equivalent that caused by the emission of 1,485 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

    15.04.2021

    Removing Stains On Your Kitchen Sink.

    If you have a grubby porcelain kitchen sink fill it with hot
    water, add a capful of washing soda and leave it for two hours. After
    you drain it, you will find that any stains remaining will wipe away
    easily.

    14.04.2021

    Sleep In Organic Cotton Pyjamas.

    Organic cotton has been grown without the use of pesticides and is unbleached. It therefore does not involve the emission of toxic formaldehyde during its production process.

    You’ll sleep more soundly at night knowing that you’re wearing something which hasn’t caused such damage to the environment.

    13.04.2021

    Don’t Overcrowd Your Fridge Shelves.

    Try to keep your fridge full, but make sure you don’t over-crowd your fridge’s shelves. Allow cool air to circulate freely.

    12.04.2021

    Frogs and Ponds.

    A great eco-friendly way to cut down on insects in the garden is to entice frogs and toads to gobble up any unwanted visitors.

    The best way to get our green friends into your garden is to
    install a pond, even a buried washing-up bowl will do. The frogs will
    eventually arrive in droves.

    It’s always best to make sure there are plenty of plants for the
    frogs to hide in – they’ll repay you by eating any of the plants’
    natural predators. Plants also acts as a great frog hiding place from
    cats and dogs.

    11.04.2021

    Use Packing Materials That Can Be Reused Or Recycled Once Opened.

    Use old plastic shopping bags or shredded newspaper to pack
    around breakables so that those materials can be reused, again as packing materials, before they’re
    recycled.

    10.04.2021

    Turn Kitchen Appliance Off Standby.

    Switch all your electrical kitchen appliances off standby and you could save enough energy to cut your electricity bill by around £18 per year.

    09.04.2021

    Buy Multi-grain Breads – They’re Delicious.

    For example, buy multi-grain breads – they’re delicious.

    08.04.2021

    Say No To Receipts At The Automatic Cash Machine.

    The number of trees used for receipts is criminal, so hold up on requesting a receipt at the automatic cash machine, petrol pump, store checkout, and anywhere else where you have the choice.

    Receipts from the 15 billion ATM transactions each year in Europe and the USA alone create a lot of waste. Instead, why not view all your transactions on your bank’s website, or opt for an e-receipt when you make purchases.

    07.04.2021

    Put Toilet, Restroom Or Kitchen Lights On Motion Sensors.

    Lights in the toilets, restroom,
    kitchen and even in meeting rooms etc. don’t need to be on unless there
    are people in there, so put them on motion sensors so that when the
    rooms are empty, the lights turn off after, say 3 minutes.

    06.04.2021

    Reduce Your Use Of Wood And Timber Products.

    The UK imports 80% of its timber requirements and needs to
    reduce its wood consumption by 73% by 2050 if it is to help reach
    sustainability.

    So, try to use reclaimed and salvaged wood wherever possible and reduce your use of paper as well.

    05.04.2021

    Use The Plug In The Basin.

    Don’t run a tap without the plug in. Always put a plug in the basin and sink, to reduce water usage. And leaving hot water taps running is also a costly waste of energy.

    04.04.2021

    Vinegar For Dishwashers?

    Use white vinegar in your dishwasher instead of rinsing
    products. It’s fantastic – Brilliant shiny glasses, cheap, chemical free
    and stunning results.

    03.04.2021

    Opt For Organic Undies.

    Wearing 100% organic-cotton underwear reduces your exposure to chemical pesticides in a sensitive area.

    02.04.2021

    Try Not To Buy Plastic.

    Try not to buy plastic, as it accounts for a large amount of landfill waste.

    However, if you must buy plastic containers look for those that are easier to recycle. Then use them to store food instead of using foil and plastic wraps.

    01.04.2021

    Use Sour Milk On Rust Stains

    If you get rust stains on your clothing you don’t need to throw
    them away. Saturate the rust stain with sour milk (milk mixed with a
    little vinegar or lemon juice) and rub with salt.

    Place the item in direct sunlight until dry then wash as normal. The rust stain should have just vanished.

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