Well, this is the way the world is going, isn’t it? and we want to do our part. And we like that some things aren’t hard to do to get with the trend of being eco friendly in our ways. The plan or aim is to leave things in a good enough state for future generations.
So this week we did quite a bit toward this end, even though some of it was really unintentional. It just goes to show that sometimes it’s minor changes that we can make to improve things both in terms of being frugal and also in terms of being eco-friendly.
Here are some of the eco-friendly things we did this week.
Decluttering and clothing donation
This week we donated some more clothes to the charity shop and some to one of these places that weigh the clothes and give you a little stipend. Have you ever used one of these? We got £6 for three full bin bags of clothes. Some even still had the labels on!
We would rather do that than put them in the bin where it will then just fill up the landfills. Burning them would be damaging to the environment too. The hope is that the clothes will find new homes and life. I know that some people sell the clothes for a big profit. But it’s all good. What do you think?
Homemade cleaning products
We have been watching Scandish home on Youtube as she deals with cleaning and general home living without using many if any harmful chemicals. She basically uses her homemade glass cleaner and her homemade all purpose cleaner for most of the cleaning jobs at home.
So this week, Leisa purchased the iconic bottles for homemade cleaning products and made her own.
I love the All-purpose cleaner one as all it is is water, half a teaspoon of washing-up liquid, and scented oils. We chose the orange scent and it’s so fresh and nice for the summer. One bottle will last us months and therefore we won’t be spending much on cleaning products.
The fridge doors look sparkling clean and new after a wipe down with the all-purpose cleaner and then buff with some coconut oil. This is the best the fridge has ever looked! No matter if we even use the expensive stainless steel cleaner on it, we always end up with a spotty or blurry look.
The glass cleaner is made up of just regular vinegar and water.
So now we need to make a decision about what to do about the bottles of products that we now have under the sink. Do we bin them or continue to use them until they run out? What would you do?
Gardening and composting
We can’t say enough about how proud we were of our little garden this week. Every day there are things to be reaped or flowers to admire. Our sunflowers are in bloom and although the strawberries look wonky I’m sure they will be ok in smoothies.
Soon we will have to wash and dry a batch of mint for the winter as we do love it in teas. Anyone else loves a hot mint drink? We find it so refreshing.
Whatever we reap that doesn’t get used, as well as whatever we weed out of the garden goes into the compost bin to create more compost for later in the year. Oh, that reminds me that the way that the garden is flourishing now may be as a direct result of us scraping out some of the compost about a month ago and scattering it over the garden. That, along with the rain may be what is giving us this lovely space to enjoy now. And it is quite easy to make your own compost friends. The only cost may be the container that you choose to make your compost in. In ours, we put grass cuttings, paper and cardboard, food peelings and core and seeds from fruits and vegetables. You must try it out.
Over to you. How would you sum up your week? You can join with Anne and others to share what your week has been like at the weekly link party.