Little changes you can make to live more sustainably

At Wet Ones, we don’t like to tinker around too much with our products. We know our customers love them just as they are – whether it’s the aloe vera softness Be Gentle or the invigorating Be Zingy. You know that familiar pack you’ve got in your handbag or pocket won’t let you down when you need it, and that’s one of the reasons we’re the UK’s original and number one wet wipe brand*.

Having said that, we’re always looking for ways to improve them, and sometimes the time is right for a major change. We’re all aware of the dangers posed to our planet by plastic, and it’s never been more important that we all do our bit to look after the health of the planet.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes at Wet Ones and we’re proud to announce that all of our wipes are now eco-friendly. They offer the same freshness and gentle feel that you know and love, and still kill 99.9% of bacteria. They are also made from plant sourced fibres.

It’s a big step for us, and one that we know you’ll support – after all, making Wet Ones more sustainable helps you make your daily life that bit more green too, whether you’re at work, travelling or keeping the kids busy at home. But it’s not all about major overhauls, as there are plenty of small steps you can take towards living more sustainably.

Using the kitchen more sustainably

The kitchen probably uses more energy than anywhere else in your home. Here’s how to lessen its impact on your carbon footprint…

  • Use the dishwasher more. It might surprise you, but dishwashers are much more energy efficient than washing by hand, so if you’ve got one, don’t neglect it – but do make sure it’s full before using it so that you’re not wasting water.
  • Grow your own. You don’t need a full vegetable patch or allotment to start taking advantage of nature in your cooking – even a few pots on the windowsill can start to make a difference when it comes to sourcing basics like herbs.
  • Avoid plastic packaging. We’re all reusing shopping bags as much as possible, but they only last for so long. Buying your own sturdy bags for shopping, and for fresh produce like vegetables, can make your kitchen that bit less reliant on plastics.

 

Doing laundry more sustainably

Avoiding laundry products that contain them is another positive step towards protecting our oceans. In addition, these little changes to your laundry room could help…

  • Use a green energy provider. Renewable energy is more popular than ever, and making the switch is easy with most major providers offering competitive deals.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. When your kettle, microwave, toaster and even TV are off, they’re still using more electricity than you’d think.
  • Switch off lights when you leave the room. Even with energy-saving bulbs, getting into this habit makes a real difference.
  • Close your curtains at night. It’s easily forgotten, but going around rooms you’re not using and shutting the curtains makes your heating go further.

 

Using water more sustainably

Your water bills might be low compared to other household costs, but chances are you can lose one or two swimming pools’ worth in gallons each year…

  • Reuse spare water for jobs like watering the plants. Your begonias aren’t going to be fussy when it comes to drinking what you left untouched at the dinner table.
  • Don’t leave the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth, and encourage little ones to do the same. It’s easily forgotten, but a major contributor to your household’s overall water wastage.