6 (anti-minimalist) green living tips for your household | Melissa Hemsley
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6 green living tips for your home

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 6 (Anti-Minimalist!) Green Living Tips For Your Home

Back in the autumn, I hosted a Sustainability Sessions panel talk all about how we can make better, greener choices at home. 

Decluttering expert, Dilly Carter, slow-living advocate Emma Ross (aka Mamalina), and acclaimed organic vegetable gardener Anna Greenland came to discuss homemade herbal remedies, easy composting tips, setting up your own wormery, waste-free period power, cloth nappies, decluttering, owning minimalism, air-purifying plants for your home and office, as well as why growing herbs is a great way to cut plastic packaging and waste.

That might sound like a lot, but you don’t have to do it all.

Just pick one thing and keep at it. 

I picked out six of these green living tips which I do at home. But remember, you don’t need to do all of them. 

1. Borrow, don’t buy
I use an iron about twice a year! Do I need a new one? I’ve decided I can just use a friend’s or my neighbour’s. So whenever I do need to buy something, whatever it is, I have the cash to buy quality that lasts longer.

Rather than over-buying on household items, ask yourself if you really need it – could you borrow it from a neighbour or use a sharing app like borroclub.co.uk

2. Swap to a green-energy supplier like Bulb, Good Energy or Ecotricity.

3. You don’t have to be a minimalist! 
Being ‘minimalist’ doesn’t mean you have to suddenly throw everything you treasure in the bin. It’s just about being more thoughtful about what you buy and questioning whether you really need or want it.

Putting this extra filter in place whenever I’m tempted to buy that ‘life-changing’ mascara or new dress means I buy much less and I appreciate what I do have much more. 

4. Bulk buy
This has helped me massively to reduce my plastic footprint, cut down on household waste in general, save money, and support great people in my local community. I’ve written a beginner’s guide to bulk-buying over here, plus I’ve got lots more tips in my new book, Eat Green

5. Grow your own herbs
This is incredibly simple and you can even replant the pots of herbs from the supermarket in a bigger pot and keep it on a windowsill.

This will cut out the need for plastic-packaged herbs and means you’ll never waste a leftover bunch of herbs again!

6. Declutter
Clearing out food cupboards, sorting through wardrobes and going through forgotten drawers are brilliant ways to take stock of what we have and use it rather than buying more.

Cook from your cupboards, celebrate an OLD outfit of the day (shout out to Venetia Falconer), donate clothes you don’t want, recycle old electronics and give away books…

Stay tuned for Series Two of the Sustainability Sessions, coming soon! Click here to sign up to my newsletter to be the first to find out more.

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