Written by Becca Green

6 sustainable household swaps you can make today

We can all make small changes to be more eco-friendly. Take a look at these 6 easy swaps that you can easily make in your own home. 

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As our lifestyle choices and shopping habits become more eco-conscious, it can seem a little overwhelming to make the same changes in your home.

Start small and follow these tips to make a difference.

1. Refillable cleaning products

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Help reduce plastic waste with a starter kit containing three natural cleaning products that you can top up with the handy glass refill bottles when running low. We’ve rounded up some of the best re-fillable washing up liquids to get you started. 

2. Bamboo straws

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Sip guilt-free by trading your plastic straws for a renewable alternative. These sustainable straws come in a eco-carry bag, meaning they’re easy to transport around with you.

3. LED bulbs

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Reduce your energy usage and bills by switching to LED lightbulbs, which not only last longer but emit a warm glow. Add a touch of style to your light choices with this heart LED bulb from Oliver Bonas for £25.

4. Washable cloths

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Made from naturally antibacterial cotton and absorbent bamboo, this zero-waste alternative for disposable dish sponges can be washed with your laundry and added to the compost when worn out.

5. Shampoo bars

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Shampoo bars are a great solution for stopping the cycle of plastic bottles that can’t be recycled. Packed with natural oils and plant-based ingredients, shampoo bars last far longer than your average shampoo bottle and also look gorgeously retro.

6. Green mattresses

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A good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy mind and body, but you don’t have to skimp on super-softness to be eco-friendly. Opt for a mattress, like the Naturalmat’s Splendid design, which is made from recycled materials. Why not take a look at our full guide to the best natural fibre mattresses

 

What sustainable swaps have you made? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.     

 

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