why recycle, eco living, sustainable living, how to be environmentally friendly, climate changeDid you know you can save up to 8 gallons of water a day just by turning off the tap while you’re cleaning your teeth in the morning and at night?

Being eco-friendly isn’t all that hard.  Making just a few minor changes in your daily routine can make a world of difference to the planet.  But that doesn’t mean that we’re all as open to doing our bit as we should be.

Here are some of the best excuses we’ve heard why being environmentally friendly isn’t top of someone’s list:

recycling unusual things, how to be environmentally friendly1.  Not everything can be recycled

Much of what we throw away can be recycled.  It’s not just paper, cardboard and tin cans.

Batteries, washing machines, mobile phones and even mattresses can be recycled into new products.  You just need to know where to look.

  • Batteries can be taken to recycling centres
  • Ask the retailer where you purchase your new washing machine if they recycle old ones
  • Mobile phones can be sent away to be recycled for cash
  • Mattresses are recycled by companies who de-construct them and remove the components for recycling – search online for a mattress recycler near you

(And you don’t have to get rid of all the stuff you don’t want – check out this fab post by a_willow on how reuse old CDs and DVDs.)

how to recycle, how to save the planet2.  What difference does it make?  I’m just one person

Don’t be so hard on yourself.  You can make a difference.

  • One person creates a massive 1,600 kilograms of waste each year
  • If you recycle just one drinks can, you save enough energy to power a computer for three hours
  • An average person uses around 466litres of water a day, with showers, cleaning teeth, washing dishes, flushing the loo and drinking

Still think that one person doesn’t have much of an impact on the environment?

The choices we make about where we live, how we travel, and what we eat, and what we buy and throw away, make a difference to our carbon footprint.  But by each making just a few small changes, the environment will love you.

how to be environmentally friendly, environmental living, sustainable living3.  I don’t believe in climate change

God bless the army of sceptics who believe climate change is just a scam.  I’d love to believe they’re right, but the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming:

  • Global sea levels rose around 17 cm last century – the rate in the last decade is nearly double that
  • The global air temperature has increased by 1.08 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th Century
  • The sea is warming up as it absorbs the increase in global temperature – by o.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969
  • The ice is melting – Greenland and Antarctica each lost at least 36 cubic miles of ice in recent years since 2002

There is no shortage of lively discussion over the reasons for climate change, the impact and how to reduce it, but it’s difficult to dispute the empirical evidence that it’s happening.  Now.

sustainable living, my impact on the environment, eco living4.  I don’t want to ride a bike to work because it’ll give me helmet hair

This is actually a valid reason.  I can’t argue with this.

Only kidding.  Yes, it’s a nightmare when you leave the house looking amazing and arrive at work with flat weird shaped locks.  But there are things you can do to minimise the affliction of helmet hair.

Have a stash of hair products in your desk drawer, give yourself a squirt of fresh and floral organic perfume when you arrive at the office, or go for that ‘just-got-out-of-bed’ look by tipping your head upside down and giving it a shake when you get to work.  Tousled look.  Done.

What excuses have you heard for not recycling, saving water or using more environmental forms of transport?  Share them in the comments below.

And come join the conversation on the Daisy Hill Facebook page and tell us what you find easiest and hardest about living an eco life.