Seven ways to reduce your environmental impact in 2019 | Part one – the bathroom!

25th January 2019 Posted by

Posted by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

Today, it has been one month, 31 days since Christmas when many of you shared your top tips on turning your white Christmas green. Well, now that Christmas is over, what else can we do to continue to make small changes in our daily routines to make a long-lasting and positive impact on the environment – we hear you say.

If you are looking for ways to reduce your impact on a good old mother Earth this year, you have come to the right place. It all starts at home, but it’s not all about rubbish. Think about all the wasted water and energy too.

In this post we included seven simple ways to help you start this new year squeaky-clean, which according to Cambridge Dictionary is someone completely good and honest who never does anything bad!

Whether you are an eco-warrior or complete novice when it comes to recycling and waste, or perhaps you’ve made a resolution to make an effort this year and live your greenest life yet, we have seven ideas for you to pick from.

So here we go…we start in a bathroom, but in this blog series we’ll help you reduce your food waste, eliminate use of single-use plastic, reduce your carbon footprint and more.

Keep it nice, clean and green

1. Save water by installing low-flow taps, shower heads and toilets

Woman washing hands in washstand

2. Wash your clothes at 30 degrees or lower as often as possible, and always ensure that you wash with a full load. This way you can get brilliant cleaning and save up to 40% of energy and cut your electricity bill too

Washing emblem icon, wash at 30 degrees

3. Try a packaging-free shampoo bar instead of choosing a traditional bottle

Shampoo bar and bamboo toothbrush

4. Find your local refill station where you can refill your washing-up liquid bottles, laundry liquids and all-purpose cleaners. This way plastic bottles can be used more than 50 times!

refill station - ecover

5. Try upgrading to a bamboo toothbrush, do note that while most of bamboo toothbrushes are compostable, their bristles are made from nylon or plastic and may need to be removed before being composted! Good news for all traditional toothbrush users is that our partner TerraCycle launched a new programme with Colgate in November 2018, which recycles our plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and more into new products such as park benches, bins and more

Bamboo toothbrush

6. De-clutter your life and implement ‘one-in/one-out’ rule, where you can only buy a new product once you finish the old. Cut open your tubes and bottles that can’t be refilled to get the last bit of product and don’t let any of it go to waste

Half empty toothpaste tube

7. Swap to recycled toilet paper. In the UK, on average we each use 110 rolls of toilet paper every year and more than 90% of this is produced from virgin forests in Scandinavia. toilet paper


We’d love to hear more about your tried and tested methods of minimising your impact on the environment, so please do comment and share them with us below.

In return for your eco-wisdom, we will select seven of your best ideas to receive the ”Save pounds and the planet” book, which is a green guide to saving the planet and your purse that’s quirkier, easier and smarter.

Save pounds and the planet book

Keep an eye out for out next blog on putting your kitchen waste to good use!

2 comments on "Seven ways to reduce your environmental impact in 2019 | Part one – the bathroom!"

  • I take plastic tubs to the butcher when I buy meat, make my own yoghurt and have a local veg box delivery. Bars of soap and shampoo in the bathroom. Pyrex with lids for food storage and batching cooking. Make soup with leftovers and forgotten veg found lurking in bottom of the fridge. Buy as much as possible pre loved so clothes and books. Furniture from your devon based resale areas at hwrcs and plant pots. Use repair cafes to fix rather than replace broken stuff.

    • Hi Catherine, thank you for your comment. What a great way to reduce your reliance on single-use plastic when out shopping – being prepared is the way forward. Thank you for sharing! Best wishes, SUEZ marketing team.

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