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Eco-friendly – Jule & Richard making the change

At home, we’re gradually switching more and more household products to eco-friendly versions. This includes washing and dishwasher powder, washing up liquid, handwash refills and cleaning sprays. We’ve also both become vegetarian over the last 18 months, and all our tea is loose leaf and from ethical suppliers, each cuppa made using only the amount of water needed.

We have regular clear-outs and items are almost exclusively donated to charities or upcycled by others we know, to avoid things going into landfill, and in the garden, we have a bug hotel and have planted scented vegetation in an effort to attract more bees.

We have a resident hedgehog on the estate, as well as a bat, and myself and some neighbours have a hedgehog-watch group on social media so we can all keep an eye on it and make sure it’s doing well by putting water and food out as necessary. We have several bird feeders and boxes in the garden too, and a bird bath so they have access to clean water year round. In our local area, there are several weed killer-free patches in an effort to re-wild them.

Image courtesy of Jule Wilson

We shop efficiently to reduce food waste, and have recently started using a weekly meal delivery plan that only has the quantities of ingredients needed for each meal. We also melt the ice packs delivered with it each week and use the water on the garden and household plants, so nothing goes to waste.