30 top tips on how to become more environmentally friendly revealed – and it's as easy as flicking off the switch | The Sun

Collecting rainwater, taking quicker showers and only washing clothes which are visibly dirty are among the top 30 ways Brits are going green.

Research of 2,000 adults revealed the top hacks for being sustainable, which included growing their own fruit and veg, taking quicker showers and buying organic food.

It also emerged 58 per cent believe they live a green lifestyle and have done so for an average of 20 months – just over a year and a half.

Yet 55 per cent still want to up their eco game and start to make good choices for the planet.

When it comes to being more eco-friendly and looking beyond the obvious – such as recycling plastic which 46 per cent now do regularly – other first steps included walking instead of driving (39 per cent) and avoiding unnecessary travel (34 per cent)

The research was commissioned by Yeo Valley Organic, which uses regenerative farming in its practices.

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Spokesperson, Beth Jones, said: “It’s more important than ever to learn new green habits, and we love sharing good choices for both people and the planet.

“Our research reveals how people are re-evaluating their water usage habits, for example, and having shorter showers and washing clothes on a cold temperature to reduce their impact on the planet.

“What’s especially great about a lot of the green habits many Brits are already incorporating into their everyday routine is as well as having a positive impact on people’s health and the planet, they’re also clever ways to save money amid the rising

cost of living.

“Turning off the lights when you’re not in a room, reaching for a jumper before the

thermostat when you’re cold, walking short distances instead of burning through your fuel tank – these things are all good choices for people and the planet.”


1.            Turn off lights/switches when not in the room   

2.            Use bags for life at supermarkets             

3.            Put on more layers rather than turn the heating on

4.            Cut down plastic usage

5.            Use reusable water bottles         

6.            Walk short distances rather than drive   

7.            Buy fruit and veg loose rather than packed in plastic       

8.            Take quicker showers    

9.            Grow fruit and veg          

10.          Cut back on meat            

11.          Only wash clothes if they looked dirty    

12.          Wash clothes on a cold wash      

13.          Collect rainwater for plants e.g. a water butt       

14.          Shop second hand          

15.          Compost food   

16.          Take less flights                      

17.          Use reusable coffee cups                     

18.          Shower less            

19.          Upcycle clothes

20.          Label recycling bins        

21.          Bought organic food      

22.          Upcycle furniture            

23.          Swap to a reusable razor rather than disposable                

24.          Avoid using cotton buds               

25.          Gone vegetarian or vegan            

26.          Swap to a bamboo toothbrush  

27.          Car share            

28.          Made plant pots out of plastic bottles    

29.          Shop in zero waste shops             

30.          Follow an organic diet

The study also found 44 per cent believe it’s difficult to live a green lifestyle compared to only 12 per cent who believe it’s easy.

A lack of understanding around how to live a green lifestyle may be to blame, with more

than a quarter (26 per cent) feeling there is not enough education around being sustainable.

Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of those polled via OnePoll agreed if everyone incorporated a few sustainable habits into their everyday routine, it would make a massive difference.

Three in 10 adults (31 per cent) have shared tips with others on how to live a greener lifestyle.

And individuals have looked to TV shows (26 per cent), social media (24 per cent) and friends (24 per cent) for inspiration. 

Top motivations for becoming greener have included saving money (39 per cent), feeling guilty for past habits (25 per cent) and becoming a parent (24 per cent) or

grandparent (21 per cent).

Beth Jones added: “It’s promising to see that people are already switching to organic as part of their personal journey towards a greener lifestyle.

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“What better time to start making good choices than Organic September?”

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