Five Eco-Friendly Switches for a Greener, Healthier Year

Last updated on November 16th, 2023 at 04:04 pm

There is something about the start of a new year that feels as fresh as the pots, pans, and organic bamboo bedding you might have got for Christmas. It is the perfect opportunity to set goals towards better care of yourself and our planet. If you’re looking to embrace sustainable living for a healthier year, here are some easy, eco-friendly switches you can start making today. From planet-loving energy-efficient appliances to creating an eco-friendly bedroom, enjoy a scroll of inspirational footsteps toward a healthier and greener world.

For the Kitchen: Energy – efficient gems

With the cost of living getting higher every year, ways to save energy at home are becoming more of a priority. Research suggests you can save over £600 per year from making simple switches in your kitchen alone. What is an energy-efficient appliance exactly? Good question- essentially, any item that uses the least amount of energy per use compared to competing products. You can find an appliance’s energy rating by energy labels that give it a rating from A – G, with A being the most efficient. So when looking for kettles, ovens, and microwaves, always look for a label to help make the most eco-friendly choice. For cooking delicious meals, a slow cooker can be five times cheaper than an electric oven to run. Choosing energy-efficient appliances is a great way to live more sustainably while keeping those bills down- an eco-friendly win-win!

For the bedroom: Sleep like a hero

Pour yourself a green cuppa – and let’s get cosy! The bedroom provides many ways to live sustainably with products that transform bedtime. Choosing natural, organic materials like bamboo for your bedding and mattress is one of the best investments you can make for your sleep. The thermoregulating fabric will keep you warm all winter and breezing through summer nights whilst being anti-bacterial, incredibly durable, and irresistibly smooth. From breathable organic bed sheets to a hybrid bamboo mattress, creating an eco-friendly bedroom will have you sleeping like a hero all year. Sustainable brands like Panda London take pride in being eco-friendly from the forest to the front door, offering free home trials on our award-winning products—another reason to drift off with a smile.

For the bathroom: Splash sustainably

In this chilly weather (for those that live in the UK) a delicious hot shower or warm bubbly bath are one of the best ways to end the day. Though there are ways to indulge sustainably. The latest guidance recommends that we should try and make our showers four minutes or less to save water.

For a sustainably inviting way to help get you out of the tub, fluffy bamboo bath towels will make drying off the best bit. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable natural resources in the world, growing from 3-4 feet a day and surviving on little more than sunshine and water. Natural fabrics are not only environmentally friendly, but they are also far more gentle on the skin. Choosing sustainable brands will reduce your carbon footprint plus keep the bathroom fresh and cosy. These small eco-friendly switches to your bath routine will set you up for a greener year, saving money and splashing your way to a planet-friendly lifestyle.

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For you: Get the green glow

With an eco-friendly home taken care of, it’s time to think of ways you can feel greener on the inside. January is celebrated as ‘veganuary’ and is the perfect month to pick up some great recipes for a healthy glow and to reduce food waste. Plants have a far lower carbon footprint than meat. The agricultural industry is responsible for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gases. Switching up your snacks for fresh fruit and veg will help reduce that number keeping our world beautiful. They are stocked with nutrients and vitamins that will have you fighting fit for a healthy and vibrant year. From meatless Mondays to fruity Fridays, look for ways to embrace a more vegan-friendly lifestyle at your place.

P.S. Someone asking where you got that gorgeous glow will make every effort worth it.

Moving towards an eco-friendly lifestyle can be overwhelming, though remember every little change helps. Join us on Instagram to set your planet promises for the year ahead. Let’s inspire each other to walk together to a greener future.