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Save the Planet (and Some Money) with these Eco-Friendly Kitchen Hacks 

Posted: April 25, 2018

How buying cooker elements, oven knobs and biodegradable washing up liquid could help save the world...

There’s never been a better time to invest in products and processes that help reduce your impact on the environment. Thanks to a number of eye-opening videos and articles, the British public has been making an assertive effort to reduce the negative impact they have on the environment. Whether you’re eschewing singe-use plastic bags or simply choosing to repair your fridge, rather than replace it; every environmentally friendly decision that you make is a valuable step on our way to making the world a better place. The kitchen is the most wasteful room of the house, in terms of both energy and money. Take a few of these tips on board and you could find yourself saving both of them:

Install a foot pedal for your sink

You’d be surprised what a difference installing a foot pedal to the kitchen basin makes to your water consumption. Foot-based taps give the user more control over the flow of water, so instead of simply opening up a tap and letting it run you can use an efficient quantity of water. It’s estimated that homeowners could reduce their water consumption by as much as 30% by installing one of these handy devices.

Build your kitchen using sustainable materials

If your worktops or cupboards are in need of replacement then you should favour low-impact materials over traditional plastic surfaces. Just remember that whilst pulling down your existing kitchen and replacing the materials with eco-friendly alternatives might seem like a good idea, it’s always best to wait until you really need to do this, otherwise, you’ll be needlessly wasting your current materials.

Buy eco-friendly teabags

You might have thought that your regular cup of tea was pretty innocent in this whole environment debate, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s been found that the majority of tea brands in the UK use polypropylene to help their teabags hold their shape, this microfibre is one of many plastics that can easily find its way into the sea and even the air. Thankfully, many of these major brands have announced that they’re moving away from the use of plastics in favour of a greener teabag – keep your eye out for them later this year!

Replace your chemicals with natural alternatives

Have you considered the environmental impact of your washing up liquid? A number of products have stepped up to give the discerning home owner a more natural alternative to the usual suspects from the supermarket. Amongst these are some planet-friendly products that have been around for a while, including Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner—a vegan, non-GMO, plant-based product that can be used for mopping the floor, doing the laundry and even washing your hair!

Repair your appliances, rather than replacing them

In 2014 the UN undertook a study to assess the amount of electronic waste that was currently being produced, they discovered that the countries with the best track record for environmental legislation were often the most wasteful when it came to getting rid of their broken white goods, appliances and electronics. Britain were the fifth highest contributors to e-waste, with an estimated 23.5kg per person being dumped in that year alone. You can avoid being a part of the waste problem by resisting the urge to frequently upgrade your electronics and opt to repair them instead. Our wide range of parts and spares could extend the life of your Belling appliance by years, saving you a tidy sum of money and giving the planet a break in the process.

Explore our range of spares here and give your appliance a new lease of life!

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