We know we all need to do good things for the planet but actually implementing them and living green can be so overwhelming! One step at a time is all it takes.

Just start doing one or two things here and there when you can, by implementing these small things into our daily lives, our kids will learn by example and go on to be natural eco-warriors themselves.

Here are a few easy ways to be an eco-warrior:

Stop buying books, newspapers and magazines
Turn off stand-by appliances
Visit the local OP shop
BYO bags or boxes when shopping
Bulk buy
BYO cup when purchasing a hot drink or juice etc

Mums also share their clever tips below:

“I take some stainless steel straws and my reusable cup with my everywhere in my reusable carry bag.”

“When I order a takeaway pizza, I always ask that they don’t include that little plastic “table” in the middle that stops the top of the box from touching the pizza because its unnecessary and cannot be reused for anything else.”

“One big change I am making in my household is using plastic reusable containers instead of glad wrap for meals and also using metal straws instead of plastic ones.”

“My daughter and I recently upcycled some old pillow cases into fold away shopping bags. We are going to put them in the loot bags for her birthday party instead of plastic junk!”

“We have used modern cloth nappies on both of our girl’s and recently we have changed from using disposable wipes to reusable ones and we also take reusable straws with us when out and about.”

What is one big change you are making in your everyday life to go plastic free?

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  • I have reusable shopping bags. I use my own coffee mug for takeaways. I am buying reusable plastic containers, gradually building up my stock of them. I avoid buying fruit and veg that are pre packed


  • A great read and we have done many of these just trying to do what we can wherever possible.


  • I am always conscious of re-using and recycling. Every little bit does help.


  • I need to get better at a plastic-free life and to teach my son to be kinder to our earth! Small steps have been taken like bringing my own cup for drinks and coffees


  • Must beg to differ about the little plastic table in the pizza box – it is a perfect size to fit in your preserving bottles according to the chefs on TV – I don’t eat pizza so have never had them in the first place. But I do preserve a lot of my produce from the garden to use in times when that produce is no more and often wish I had something to keep my dill pickle gherkins from rising to the top of the preserving jar.


  • I understand why and its a good idea. Well done on the tips giver here.


  • I agree with recycling. Good habit to be in but I could never get rid of books.


  • We love books and they are important for so many reasons.


  • No no no I’m never going to stop buying books.

    • Me either – love books and love the feel of holding books. We share books with others so it is community minded.

      • Agreed I think I’d go mad without the ability to sit down & rewind with a good book! However, some other very good tips I could get on board with ????


  • I always use reusable plastic containers rather than bags and glad wrap. Also try to recycle what I can.


  • I recycle what I can’t avoid. No longer use glad wrap and sandwich bags the individual usable containers are my go to now days


  • I’m trying to reduce our carbon footprint by doing a few of these things however I don’t find all of them practical.


  • The source bulk foods is a good place to go to. You can take your own containers to fill up. You get things like flours, grains, nuts, rice, honey, herbs, sweet treats, dishwashing liquid, shampoo and conditioner, and many other things. The range is also excellent. For example it is the only place I know where I can get wholemeal bakers flour. It’s a franchise so there are quite a few around the country.


  • I’ve been looking at getting the stainless steel straws, so long as they come with a pipe cleaner thing. Not sure which ones are decent and not too expensive, though.


  • I just cant imagine the reusable wipes


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