Become More Eco Friendly for World Earth Day

A guide on how to be more eco friendly in time for world earth day 2020.

how to be more eco friendly in the home

Image credit: Clapton Tram, London as featured in Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Catherine Gratwicke.

With Earth Week on 16th - 22nd April 2020, now is the perfect excuse to be more eco friendly in the home. Fun earth day activities and small changes can lead to lasting habits. And it's those habits which make a big impact when it comes to leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So, we've come up with our top ways that will challenge you to become more eco friendly in aid of World Earth Day on 22nd April. Keep reading for our guide and see how much you can change in the home.

Refillable containers.

Ditch the cling film in favour of beautiful glass bowls and fabulous storage containers. Not only do they look far more stylish, but you can easily store and stack them up when in use. We wrote a whole blog on Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Pantry, Larder and Shelves to get you started. Refilling your jars is such a satisfying job to do. Our favourite place to shop for our re-fills is Planet Organic, Infinity Foods, and Grocer & Grain.

Get a milkman and start composting!

We first mentioned our rekindled love with the milkman back in our Top 5 2019 Resolutions for You and Your Home blog. We switched to milk bottles at RSG HQ as part of our initiative to reduce our use of plastic. And we have never looked back since! It's also a great way to support our local organic dairy farmers. If you're lucky enough to have an outside space, why not compost your food waste? You may already be enrolled in a food waste scheme with your local council, but another great way to improve this is to compost suitable leftovers yourself. Not only will you create fabulously enriched compost for your flower beds, but your rubbish bin will also be less smelly! Our set of two No.1 & No.2 storage tins would make a great food waste bin and look super stylish in your kitchen too.

Easy everyday swaps.

From biodegradable teabags to bars of soap over plastic bottles (unless re-fillable!) and biodegradable bin liners. There are some easy swaps that you can make at home to be more eco friendly in everyday life. Make an effort to source your usual shopping list with a twist - it's easier than you might think! For example, did you know that wine bottles with corks are much more eco friendly than those with screw tops? For more tips on how to be more eco friendly in everyday life, read our eco edition Hot List.

Consuming Consciously.

If you're shopping for new items for the home it's a great chance to be more eco-friendly with your choices. A general rule of thumb is to go for the naturals. Materials like wood, glass, bamboo, rattan and leather can all either be broken down or recycled after use. This means that your footprint on the planet will be a little lighter. This doesn't mean you can't buy something which has or contains plastics, just check before your purchase about how easy it is to recycle. This way you can make a better-informed decision about what impact you want your purchasing habits to have on the environment. You can shop smarter by buying products which have been made from recycled materials or can be recycled.

Buy beautiful and you won't need to buy again.

We believe that everything in your home should be beautiful, even useful stuff. So by filling your home with treasures that make you smile every day, you are less likely to need to replace them. And if you do, you will easily be able to find them homes with friends and family who will have been admiring them!


Top Tip: Curating who you listen to and follow can also have a huge impact on the way you behave and feel. One of our favourite eco-blogs to keep up-to-date with is Curiously Conscious who you can also now follow on Instagram too.

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