How To Become More Eco-Friendly This Year: Top 10 Tips
January 26, 2021

Being environmentally friendly has never been as important as it is today. Something that we’re very passionate about and strive for here at Robert Dyas. Sure, you only have to listen to David Attenborough’s heartfelt, stirring messages to be moved about how much our planet needs us to change in order to protect it for future generations. By changing old habits, learning how to be more sustainable, and making more eco-friendly choices - we can all play an important role in protecting our beautiful planet.  

When we talk about becoming more eco-friendly, it goes far beyond switching off lights and recycling (even though these too are valuable habits that will benefit the environment). Living a better, sustainable lifestyle means looking at all of the possible areas in which you can make changes, even the most subtle ones from the kitchen to the garden!

Whether you’re on a mission this new year to say goodbye to your wasteful lifestyle and live a more sustainable one, or simply want to add more habits to what you’re already successfully doing - check out our Top 10 List of things that you can easily do to accomplish this! 

Plus, with our wide range of FSC-certified and sustainable products to eco-friendly products; making the switch to alternatives will be easier than you think. What better place to start than at home.

Eco-friendly cleaning products

Ranging from kitchen to bathroom, opting for eco-friendly cleaning products over traditional ones offers a host of benefits:

  • They don’t contain toxic chemicals, making your home safer with no toxins in the atmosphere or on surfaces you clean, making it a much healthier home for you and your family.
  • Fewer risks involved removing the risk of itchy skin and eyes or even more harmful accidents that can be caused by the chemicals in traditional cleaning products if it gets in contact with your skin. 
  • Eco-cleaning products are better for your health as well as the environment.  
  • Oh and they smell really nice too and come in a variety of scents. Their smell isn’t as overpowering as some traditional products can be.

Reusable water bottles

Such a small change, but makes a huge difference on the environment. Investing in a reusable water bottle takes less oil to produce, uses less plastic, reduces your carbon footprint and most importantly reduces the build up of plastic on landfills, oceans and streams. 

While doing your bit for the planet, and choosing not to buy plastic water bottles anymore, you’ll also save yourself lots of money in the long run. Simply fill it up before you leave the house and top it up throughout the day at work or during gym time. With a selection of designs and colours available, you’re sure to find one you like.

Brita filtered water & SodaStream

Having a Brita water filter jug at home makes drinking from the tap so easy. Enjoy fresh, tasting water with impurities removed while helping reduce the impact of plastic bottle waste. 1 litre of Brita water has a 25% smaller carbon footprint than 1L of bottled water. Save money by removing plastic bottled water off your shopping list. 

Buying bottled fizzy drinks is expensive, increases plastic waste and most importantly are full of sugar. With the comeback of
SodaStream recently, making your own natural flavoured sparkling beverages at home is a great sustainable alternative. Enjoy all the classics including cola and orange flavoured drinks!

Reusable straws

Even though paper straws are better for the planet, they can only be used once in a drink which means you’ll need to buy them regularly. Opting for reusable stainless steel ones allows you to wash them after use; making them much more eco-friendly and will also make your pennies go further.

Eat less meat

The production and preparation of meat and dairy contribute to the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the agriculture industry which isn’t good news for the environment. Consuming less meat in your diet will make a positive change and will conserve more water. 

Plus, with so many delicious veggie recipes to sample and less cooking time required - what’s not to love about this meal option?

Don't waste food

Reducing food waste also helps the planet and with some simple steps, you can achieve this:

  • Plan your meals, bring a shopping list to avoid having leftover food at the end of the week.
  • Add leftover vegetables to a soup maker to make a tasty soup.
  • Pot up leftover portions of dinner into food containers and freeze them - great for when you want something quick to eat after a busy day at work, or perhaps when you’re not in the mood for cooking.   

Smart lighting

When it comes to lighting your home, LED, Halogen and CFL light bulbs are the smartest lighting options; being most environmentally friendly; reducing greenhouse emissions.

LED bulbs are the best choice out of the three - they are the most energy-efficient, will bring your energy bills down, have a longer bulb life and are recyclable. CFL are four times more energy efficient than traditional ones, initially cost more but are less expensive in the long run are recyclable. 

Halogen bulbs feature a bright, white light, are small and compact, last longer than traditional bulbs, but they must be disposed of in the normal household waste.

FSC-certifed & other recycled furniure

Buying FSC-certified furniture ensures the product comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits while you can also opt for items that use recycled plastic from the ocean creating modern-day furniture. With a wide selection of sustainably designed furniture for the home and garden, it’s very easy to find items to fit the style of your home while most importantly being better for the environment.


Recycling as much as you can will contribute to a positive impact on the planet, from having the relevant bins in your kitchen for recycling different materials to popping into any of our Robert Dyas stores to use our battery and Brita filters recycling services. Bringing your old, unwanted clothes to charity shops and clothes banks is also far better for the environment than throwing them in the bin at home.

Simple: Fix it

While it can be easier and fun to buy new items, it’s always good to get into a habit of making an effort to try fix it first, using your DIY skills or asking a family, friend or neighbour for a helping hand. This way you’re being more sustainable, plus it will be cheaper than purchasing a new item. Upcycling old furniture by painting it or adding new handles/knobs is another fantastic way of saving money and being kinder to the planet.