5 Small Changes You Can Make To Help The Environment

Because even the smallest action can make a big difference.

There has never been a more important time to talk about our environment.

With so much conversation around the topic it can be very difficult to know how you can help and do your part. It’s important to remember that even small changes are a step in the right direction.

Here’s our guide to some small changes you can make in your everyday life that could help the environment and climate in the long run.

1. Become more aware of your water use at home

Water is such a precious commodity. We probably don’t even realise how much we rely on it every day because it is readily available to us at all times. But here are some simple ways to become more mindful of how much water you use at home.

While we might all love to settle into a nice warm bath it’s not the best for the environment. According to Super Bath UK, an average bathtub needs between 135-165 litres of water to be full. For context, it’s recommended that we drink 2L of water a day. So the amount of water it takes to fill an average bathtub is enough water to keep us hydrated for approximately 82 days! We all love a good soak but maybe it’s not the best option for every day.

If you choose to have a shower instead you have more control over the amount of water, you use. A great way to save water while showering is to turn off the tap while you’re applying your shampoo and condition. Alternatively, make sure you don’t turn on the shower until you’re ready to get in. Some people might be in the habit of turning on the water several minutes before they’re ready to hope it but all that does is waste water!

Another simple way to save water is while brushing your teeth. On average most people spend two minutes brushing their teeth twice or three times a day. That is a LOT of water down the drain if you don’t turn off the tap. If you’re used to leaving the tap running turning it off will take some getting used to but it will be worth it in the long run.

2. Buy a reusable bottle or cups instead of using single use ones 

This is a really simple but very effective one. Plastics are a tricky material as they don’t break down overtime and it often ends up in the water. This can put our sea life and birds in danger. By opting for a reusable bottle you’ll play your part in cutting down the use of single-use plastics.

And the best part is there are so many fashionable water bottles now on sale. Shops such as TK Maxx and Penneys always have some in stock so why not check them out next time you’re out shopping.

If you’re a tea or coffee drinker, it might also be a good idea to pick up a reusable cup. Sometimes coffee shops even charge you less for your drink if you have a reusable cup. So you’ll be saving money and helping out the environment!


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3. Skip the high street and visit the thrift store or charity shop instead

Why is it that we always feel the need to have a new outfit for every occasion? Well, the truth is you absolutely don’t need to always be buying new things and it’s best to wear what you have, but if you do love shopping a why not skip the high street and head to your local thrift and charity shop. You’re guaranteed to find some unique gems that no one else has

If you’re looking for some inspiration about how you can be more sustainable with your fashion choices, check out these influencers. They are looking fab and doing their part to help the environment all at the same time!

4. Always bin your rubbish and if you can’t find a bin bring it home with you! 

This summer has been described as an outdoor summer. This means we’ll probably be meeting up with friends and family in parks, beaches, and gardens. If you get a takeaway coffee or you bring a picnic to the park, make sure you clean up after yourself. It’s so important to protect our surroundings. It not only keeps our outdoor amenities looking great, but it also helps our environment too!

5. Become familiar with the waste in your home

This is an important one as sometimes it can be very confusing as to what can be recycled and what needs to be put in the waste bin.

In Ireland, we can recycle lots of items that we use on a regular basis such as glass bottles and jars, paper, drink cartons, fizzy drink cans, tinfoil, and plastic bottles. But make sure that anything you put in the recycling is washed beforehand. Normally just a quick rinse will do the job!

Another way to manage your waste at home is to start a compost bin. Compost is great for anyone who likes gardening as it can protect your plants from diseases in your garden and helps improve the quality of your soil. Here’s a great piece that explains how you can create compost and what you can and can’t add to your compost bin.

Maybe gardening and making your own compost is something you could take up this summer!

These are just some of the many things you can do to help our environment. Even one small change could make a difference. And if everyone does their part we can live in a much more sustainable and healthier environment.

Read More: 

6 Simple Ways To Get Involved In Environmental Action.

How To Take Care Of The Environment More From Your Own Home.

By Lauren Allen