The Handbook
The Handbook

We’re all eager to do our bit to be more sustainable, but it’s knowing where to start that’s often the hardest.

We’ve put together seven simple sustainable hacks that will help you on your way to being more environmentally friendly, from swapping out your cleaning products to eco-friendly alternatives to growing your own produce at home. 

Swap to eco-friendly cleaning products

It’s a given that cleaning products, if consumed, are extremely harmful. We’re taught this from an early age, but why are we still flushing the toxic chemicals down our toilets and drains, and harming the environment? 

Tackle the issue and swap out the supermarket brands for eco-friendly alternatives. From the chemical-free product that’s in every supermarket and convenience store, Ecover, to the eco-friendly washing pod-egg that’ll keep your linen fresh for longer, here are our favourite cleaning alternatives to your usual household name. 

We love London based brand, Tincture for their high quality and performance without the harm. Shop individually or order in their handy sets to tackle all of your cleaning needs. You’ll go from mucky kitchen to sparkling tiles in seconds.

Switch out your plastics for alternatives

As of October 1st, plastic cotton buds, straws and stirrers are officially banned in England so swap out the plastic for a more sustainable and reusable option. 

On the kitchenware front, you can switch up your straws for funky rainbow alternatives or opt for Hali Hali’s rose-gold selection. Trade the finicky cling film for reusable beeswax food wraps – Liberty London do a gorgeous floral print one – and ditch your washing up sponges for a biodegradable substitute. 

Nine times out of ten ditching the plastic will save you money in the long run, as well as helping you do your bit for the environment.

Cut down your food waste 

Cutting down on your food waste consumption won’t just help reduce waste, it’ll also save you money. 

There’s several ways to help cut down on your food waste; for instance, plan ahead! Plan out your meals for the week ahead, it’ll stop you buying unnecessary bits that you won’t use and once again will save you some pennies. 

When you prep your fruit and veggies rather than throwing out the peel in the standard bin, invest in a compost bin. Some areas of London already have compost bins as part of the usual bin collection, but you can apply for one for your house. Some local parks have them too that you can use for free. Or, even better, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, order a compost bin online and you’ll be able to do composting more efficiently. Below are some great options for when you’re in the kitchen prepping and can be easily transferred into a bigger outdoor composter. 

Grow your own produce

Just because we’re entering into the autumn/winter season, doesn’t mean you have to revert back to heading to the local supermarket for your fruit and veggies. There are tonnes for vegetables and fruits that strive best in the colder months. Do your research and get planting for the winter ahead. 

If you don’t have your own sprawling garden, use your windowsill to start growing smaller options, from your own windowsill herb garden to growing spring onions from the leftover root cut offs. All you need to do is chop off the root end of your spring onion and pop them in a glass with an inch or so of water (change the water every few days) and you’ll soon have your very own sprouting onions. 

If you don’t fancy growing your own, there are tonnes of fruit and vegetable boxes that you can get delivered to your door. Oddbox is a great one to start with as they rescue surplus or wonky veggies that would otherwise be thrown away by restaurants and supermarkets. Helps you reduce your plastic usage too.

Swap out packaged products for refill alternatives

Another way to completely ditch the plastic for good is to avoid buying pre-packaged produce. From washing up liquid to fruit and veggies, pasta to flour, there are loads of on-trend zero waste stores across the city that you can buy your essentials with without having to forgo your newfound sustainable lifestyle. Lots have paper bags and jars you can use and buy, but why not invest in some reusable bags and bottles for your everyday use and essentials. You just need to remember them when you head out… 

Oliver Bonas Reusable Eco Bags

Price: £14.50
oliverbonas.com

HandmadeByLDavies Cotton Reuseable Produce Bags

Price: £6.75
etsy.com

OikkuHomeAndGiftsAmber Glass Bottle

Price: £5.00
etsy.com

Buy second hand where you can

Sustainability starts at home with the products and items you already have. Before investing in new products and household items check in with yourself and see if you actually need a new item or if the one you already have is perfectly fine. 

When you do buy bigger items, look local and shop second hand items where you can. Look on Facebook Marketplace or deep dive through the items at your local charity or second hand store.

Update your water bottle with a reusable number

The easiest way to start your new environmentally friendly journey is to invest in a sturdy but cute reusable water bottle. There are hundreds of options out there, whether you’re looking for a simple monochrome number or you want to go all out with a floral pattern.

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