Tips for Eco-Living and Recycling at Home

I’m always on the look out for tips on recycling at home. We have the normal bags and boxes for sorting out the household waste, but I’ve always wanted to go one step further. I suppose you could say that we do have our eco-living ways.

I think it boils down to growing up in a house with not a lot of money. My dad is a mastermind of inventions. He will find a use for anything and everything. It was great fun growing up watching him at work with his ideas. He used everybit of spare wood or metal he could find. Making gates, chicken houses, building sheds… the list is endless!

My mum loves to browse charity shops. She always used to find hidden gems for us as kids. Hardly worn clothes, bags and books, toys. They really did make every penny count. Nowadays as people struggle to keep their heads above water, these eco-living ways are hugely popular. I’m a frugal person who saves everything. I have this thing that I know it could come in useful one day, or as my husband calls it hoarding!

Tips on how to live a frugal lifestyle by recycling and eco-living tips

So I have come up with this list of things to help you start living an eco-friendly lifestyle and recycling tips.

Firstly, identify items that can be recycled around the home

  • Cans
  • Old newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Unwanted clothes
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard
  • Old electronics such as mobiles, laptops and computers
  • Plastics

Secondly, collect and sort items for recycling

  • Sort items by type and place in relevent bags and boxes for curbside recycling, if your area does this. An alternative is to take the recycling to your local recycling centre or to the supermarket where they have various bins for this.

We have discovered many ways of trying to be more eco-friendly around the home. Eco-living is becoming a way of life and goes together with money-saving tips.

Here are some of our frugal living ways:

  • We use re-useable wipes for baby girl. Not only do they save us money on buying packets of baby wipes, they are also chemical free, so much better for her sensitive skin. We have an old lunch box that I fill with water and add just a couple drops of essential oil, (Lavender and chamolile) then add the re-usable wipes. They are squares of terry cloths which you can wash in the machine when dirty.
  • I always have a couple of bags for life on me when I go out shopping, you won’t catch me caught short without a re-useable bag!
  • Collecting rainwater from the roof is a fantastic way of keeping your water bill down. I have two barrels that keep my patio tubs going most of the Summer.
  • Now I don’t have the time to frequent charity shops for kids clothes like my mum did for us, so what my husband and I do is browse eBay for good quality second-hand clothes for baby girl. She grows so fast that they never get worn out. I’m sure this is the same for most kids! The of course we sell on again and put that money back in to buy her more.
  • We have eco-friendly appliances that save us money and energy. Plus only do a full load when using the washing machine.
  • One of my favourite things to do is find vouchers/coupons for money off food items and any other household items we require.

Do you have any tips on eco-living and recycling?

As always I love to read your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by.

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2 Comments

  1. February 20, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Hi Rachel, I am a bit of a hoarder too, as you never know when you may need that certain item, the problem is we don’t have much room. My husband doesn’t think he is a hoarder but I beg to differ, you only have to go into the shed to see that he collects and saves everything. Which does come in handy as he’s just made my daughter a book case with hoarded wood and my kitchen cost a fraction of the cost because of his hoarding.

    I think composting is a big money saver. Every year our fruit trees get a good dose of nutrients from our peelings, teabags and eggshells.

    xx

    • Rachel
      February 20, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks for the tip! When we move in a few months time, our new house will have room for a compost heap. x

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