5 Ways to Look After the Planet

Looking after the planet when you have a busy schedule or a hectic family life isn’t always easy.
To keep our world happy and healthy, everyone needs to ‘do their bit’ (which means making
environmentally-friendly choices whenever possible). Whether it’s recycling more or simply creating less
waste, there are loads of ways that you can do it. On the plus side, these changes can usually save you money! 

If you’re wondering how to get started, read on for some ideas that could inspire you.

1. Make do and mend 
Minimizing your household waste by repairing domestic items when they break, rather than replacing them,
can make a significant impact. It may not be your first thought, but it’s usually a simple and cheap solution!
For example, if your microwave isn’t working, then you can find replacement microwave parts and order them
online. Depending on your level of expertise, you can either replace the part yourself or hire a handyman to do
it for you.

2. Eco-friendly travel
It might not be possible to cycle to the grocery store every day, but switching from driving to walking once in
a while can make a big difference. The gases that vehicles produce cause air pollution, which can have a
harmful impact on the environment. If you keep your vehicle off the road for a couple of days a week - either
by walking or using public transport - you could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately
1,590 pounds. The upside to this? You can save money and burn calories at the same time. 

3. Save energy 
You may not realize that insulating your home not only saves you money, but it also helps the environment.
Properly insulating your home will mean that air doesn’t escape, so there’s less pressure on heating or cooling
systems. Because these systems don’t have to work as hard, you end up using less energy. Simple, right?
Whether you’re choosing wall insulation, loft insulation or simply double glazing your windows, these
changes will make your house more energy-efficient. 

4. Use less plastic 
An easy way to make sure you’re looking after the environment is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Why don’t
you see where you can use less plastic in your day-to-day life? Carrying refillable water bottles or using
beeswax wrappers instead of plastic food wrap are great ways to get started. And when you do have to use
plastics, make sure to recycle whenever you can! 

5. Shopping vintage
Rather than heading to the shops to buy new clothes, choosing second-hand clothes can make a big, positive
impact. Thrift stores are great places to hunt out new styles for a bargain, but if you’re looking for some
instant retail therapy, there are great online resale platforms to choose from.

Hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration on how small changes can help save you money
and look after the planet at the same time.