June 5th marks World Environment Day – a day when we think about our impact on the environment. As awareness around planet pollution increases so do our actions when it comes to minimising our global impact. If you find it all a bit too daunting and think that taking actions to become more environmentally-friendly are out of your reach, then we’re here to help. The smallest actions when taken by thousands, if not millions, of people can have a huge positive environmental impact. Here’s how you can do your bit:
Eco-friendly reusable water bottles
Eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean style-less. Our brand new range of reusable water bottles is filled with fashion-forward designs including rose gold, dusk pink and even a tropical print. The bottles come with a double wall, keeping drinks hot for up to 8 hours and drinks cold for 12 hours. They’re great for taking to the gym or on walks and are perfect for when you’re on the go commuting to work.
Recycling and composting
Recycling is an easy one to try and tackle. Unlike many countries in the EU, we don’t have to separate our recycling into different sections, so it really is simple. Just throw all your clean cardboard, plastic, paper and glass into the recycling bin and you’re good to go (always be sure to check your local council’s recycling rules).
Top tip: If you have room, place a separate recycling bin in your bathroom and empty it at the end of the week. It’ll ensure all your shampoo bottles and toilet rolls end up in the recycling bin.
If your garden is large enough, it’s a great idea to put a compost bin in the garden. It’ll take care of your grass cuttings and other items. The compost can then be used to improve your garden soil – perfect for flowers or veg.
What to put in your compost:
- Grass cuttings in moderation
- Uncooked fruit and vegetable peelings
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
- Plain cardboard, cereal packets, toilet roll tubes, egg boxes
What not to put in your compost:
- Meat, fish, dairy products
- Cooked food
- Cat litter, dog faeces
- Disposable nappies
Top tip: When compost is ready to use it should look crumbly and dark. Depending on size of your compost the curing process can take anywhere between three months to two years.
Grow your own
This brings us nicely onto growing your own vegetables and planting flowers. If you’re the green-fingered type, then why not dedicate gardening time to growing your own veg? Start with easy veg like runner beans, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, beetroot and rocket. Take a look at our blog A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own for hints and tips. If you prefer planting flowers, not only do they make your garden look pretty but they help keep the bee population thriving. Say yes to flowers for bees!
Eco-friendly cleaning products
Feeling empowered? Don’t stop there; you can put some eco-power into your cleaning too. Cleaning the eco-way heps reduce the amount of harmful chemicals being released into the environment. Our own eco cleaning range uses plant-derived ingredients, is vegan-friendly and doesn’t cost the earth either!
If you’re looking for a kinder way to get your bathroom gleaming, then our eco bathroom cleaner is just the thing. The high-performing bathroom cleaner is great for cleaning sinks and showers and will leave your bathroom limescale-free. It’s made from sustainable, plant-derived cleaning ingredients, so you needn’t worry about harsh chemicals.
Try not to waste food
Have some leftovers? Why not box them up for work the next day? You’ll never be without a means of storing leftovers, carrying lunch or storing dried food with our bumper set of 7 Rainbow Food Containers. Take a look at our full range of food containers.
Get on your bike!
How about leaving the car at home and heading out on family bike ride? We’ve got an extensive bike range with styles and sizes for the whole family.