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5 Eco-Friendly Tasks You Shouldn't be Skipping

As the world wakes up to the realities of climate change and its effects, more people than ever before are looking for simple ways the make their lives eco-friendlier. The good news is that being eco-friendly is a breeze. It only requires a bit of willpower and determination. Most of the changes we can make to improve our carbon footprint are small things that we will barely notice. Becoming eco-friendlier doesn't require us to dramatically alter our lifestyles in any way.

Going green has numerous benefits, not just to the environment but also to us as individuals. Making an effort to be eco-friendlier allows us to exercise our discipline and self-control. Below are five of the easiest things you can do to make your household eco-friendlier.

Benefits of Recycling

Start Reusing
There are a surprising number of things that we regularly throw out that can be reused or repurposed. The government introduced legislation a few years ago, which required shops to charge 5p for plastic bags. This has been successful in cutting down on the number of plastic bags that we, as a society, use. You can further help the situation by reusing any plastic bags you buy or by investing in a bag for life, which is designed to last for a long time.

Alternative Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products such as bleach rely on powerful acids and other chemicals whose production process is very unfriendly to the environment, and on top of that, they often come in non-recyclable plastic bottles. The truth is that for every such product on the shelf there is an alternative which doesn't carry the same environmental footprint. Baking soda, for example, is great for cleaning dishes. Lemon juice is an effective antibacterial agent, and white vinegar is very effective at removing grease and mildew.

Recycle Whenever You Can
Disposing of your household waste correctly is one of the most important things that you can do to become eco-friendlier. Local authorities in the UK are required by law to make recycling bins available to every household, so it shouldn't be difficult for you to ensure that any recyclable waste that you produce is disposed of in the correct bin.
You can even hire eco friendly rubbish removal experts who will take care of your waste for you. By using such a business, you can be certain that your household waste will be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Buy Organic Pet Food
If you have a pet, although you may not realise it, they will be one of least environmentally friendly things that you own. This is because producing and transporting pet food involves some significant carbon emissions. One way of offsetting this is to buy your pet organic food that is produced in a more eco-friendly manner.
Also, remember that most types of packaging that pet food comes in can be recycled, so make sure that you always recycle when you can.

Grow Your Own Veg
What could be eco-friendlier then planting some plants? By growing your own fruit, salad, and vegetables at home or on an allotment, you can not only produce whatever you like but you will save money compared to buying them from the supermarket. You will also brighten up your garden in the process. Growing veg at home is remarkably easy, even for absolute beginner gardeners. Even if you don't have a garden, you can grow small vegetables and salad in a window box.

Being eco-friendly isn't as difficult as most people think. By making a few relatively minor changes to your life you can live a much greener existence without having to make any serious sacrifices.

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