Eco hacks – 10 easy ways to go green

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A few small changes to your everyday life can help reduce your environmental impact – here are 10 cheeky cheats for getting greener. 

1 Put your phone in aeroplane mode to help it charge it faster

2 Use a clothesline to dry clothes but if you must use a dryer, put a dry towel in with each load to save energy.

3 Empty two-litre plastic bottles make great plant pots. Cut a hole in one side, fill with soil and plant. Several can be strung up inside a window to create your own vertical garden.

4 Use old wooden pallets to build a compost bin for your potato peelings and tea bags.

5 No need to buy toxic paints or varnish – rubbing a walnut across lightly chipped wood furniture will repair the damage.

6 Put a brick in the cistern of your toilet to save up to an impressive 80per cent water per flush.

7 Save ink toner by switching the colour to dark blue and use Garamond typeface, which uses less ink.

8 Sharpen and extend the life of razors by running them across a pair of jeans

9 Save on plastic and keep food fresh longer – use those clips from the ends of clothes hangers as fasteners to keep food packaging sealed.

10 Use bubble wrap to insulate windows – mist windows with water and apply bubble wrap with bubble side facing the pane.

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Photo credit: melfoody from Flickr

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