Top Tips for Eco-Living and Recycling at Home

I’m always on the lookout for tips on recycling at home. We have 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.

Tips for Eco-Living and Recycling at Home

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 every bit of spare wood or metal he could find. Making gates, chicken houses, building sheds… the list is endless! Products such as recycled plastic splashbacks mean you can even completely change the look of your bathroom or kitchen while keeping eco friendly

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!

Browsing a charity shop

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. I would recommend reading an informative guide on electronic waste recycling to learn more.
  • Plastics
  • You can also check out online recycling sites like iPad-Recycle for recycling old iPads and Apple accessories

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.
Sorting the recycling

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, but 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 chamomile) 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 like these cotton shopping bags UK.
  • 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 as 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! 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.

rachel bustin

 *This is a collaborative post

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6 thoughts on “Top Tips for Eco-Living and Recycling at Home

  1. I love reading and buy almost all my books from charity shops. When I lived in london I used to go to the Oxfam book shop on Marylebone High St because they used to get all the review copies from the BBC. They always had a fantastic selection of books.

  2. Great ideas and tips there. Mine are all grown and have families of there own now so Granna sitting is the name of the game. Love it. Its nature way of blessing you as you get older. Its far easier being Granna 🙂

    Whilst I don’t have to be so frugal now as when the kids were little I still love a bargain, to recycle and save.

    This time of the year with Christmas coming up my one bugbear has always been wrapping paper. I don’t use proper Christmas wrap.

    I bought the reusable cotton Christmas bags a few years ago to put the grandchildren presents in.

    I use normal brown paper to wrap presents, that need to be. I then decorate with fern from the garden, string and a coloured Christmas stamper.

    The Christmas cards I get, from the year before are cut up to be me reused as gift tags.

    I dont buy anymore than I have too Christmas card wise. My husband and I for many years have used the same Christmas cards and resign it each year with the date.

    We also do that with valentines, wedding anniversary, birthdays cards etc too. Its very eco and loving too.

    As my husband passed unexpectedly nearly 3 years ago. I am so glad we did save the cards.

    Each special occasion I get our cards out to each other, sign mine for the year and put it with his on the side.

    Its a beautuful moments (my husband in spirit is still very much part of our lives) which keeps him part of us all as he always will be

  3. 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.


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