Andrex Eco is working with renowned eco-designer Oliver Heath to educate us Brits about the ‘little things’ we can all do around our homes to help us live sustainably. The lovely folks over at Andrex Eco created this great gift pack for me containing Oliver’s top items that make eco-living easy in the home and we were set the challenge of trying them out in our daily life.
A recent study that showed nearly half of Brits admit that they want to be eco-friendly but think it’s too expensive or too much hassle and I must admit, I probably fell into this category too. But Oliver is campaigning with Andrex Eco to demonstrate that this is not the case and sharing his top tips to make making eco-friendly cheap, easy and fun.
Cut your electricity bills by switching over to low energy LED light bulbs. They’ll save you money and won’t need changing almost ever – well every 50,000 hours or so! I’m pleased to say that this is a change that we had already made in our home. When we moved into this house, as and when the light bulbs left behind by the previous owners needed changing, we switched them to low energy ones.
It’s often the small actions that make a change like choosing to buy better. Look out for products that contain recycled materials and that are easily recyclable. You’ll find the same great quality but with the environmental thinking built in from the outset like Andrex Eco toilet paper. I must admit that I used to think that ‘eco’ toilet tissue couldn’t possibly be as soft or indeed as top quality but I’m pleased to report that Andrex Eco has smashed those perceptions for me.
Cutting down on hot water use can save you in three ways as we pay to buy, heat and dispose of it. Fitting an aerated shower head and using a shower timer like the one we were sent will literally save you gallons every day, not to mention the reduced energy costs. I have two teenagers and it takes me as long to nag them to get into the shower as it does to nag them to get out again! The timer was a bit of a shock to their usual habits but if they can make this change then I’m quite sure that anyone can, seriously!
Think about all the places you throw stuff away from. We were definitely guilty of forgetting about all the recyclable materials that come from the bathroom such as shampoo bottles and toilet roll tubes. So we now use this separate recycling bin in there. Such a simple idea but I can’t believe that I have never thought of doing it before.
Most toilets don’t need to use a full cistern to flush effectively and we were sent a Hippo water saver to try out which now saves us 2-3 litres of water per flush. It fitted into the cistern and in fact, it was so easy to set up that I did it myself! And of course we started saving water from the very next flush. Such a simple idea and so easy to set up that we have in fact bought them for the rest of the toilets in the house.
Choose vintage or upcycled items like this beautiful teacup candle. Who knew that being eco could look so good? This is definitely something that I am happy to embrace as there is nothing quite like vintage or reclaimed items in the home to make it feel more unique. And of course you can shop happily in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the planet!
I must admit that this challenge was much easier than I thought but THIS IS A GOOD THING! The smallest of changes really can make a big difference and it has made me think about where else we can make changes in our home too so thank you Andrex Eco! I’ve already set Mr Mostly the task of fitting new draught excluders to the windows and doors ready for winter. And yes, I know it is only July but yes, knowing Mr Mostly it probably will take that long for him to get around to doing it….