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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Money Saving

  1. Can sustainable living actually save you money?

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    Many of us are looking for ways to make a saving on our monthly outgoings. However, if you are also a patriot for sustainable living, then you might be wondering if those two things come together. After all, could living sustainably end up costing you more? The truth is, it won’t! In fact, it is possible to save money if you look at your general habits and make some small changes. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that sustainable living could help towards saving money and the planet. 

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    Drying clothes outside instead of using a dryer

    One of the first things to think about would be to dry clothes outside instead of using a dryer. A dryer can be a costly home appliance, and while it gives you convenience and speed with your laundry, it will also massively increase your energy usage. Drying outside costs nothing and is far more sustainable. 

    Ditch the dishwasher

    The dishwasher is a very useful home appliance, but again, it can be costly. So instead, why not ditch it and choose to manually wash the post instead? This is not only a more sustainable option but will save you money on your energy usage. 

    Avoid an expensive commute to work 

    It can be hard to get out of the habit of using your car for the commute, but choosing a public transport option will cut your own carbon footprint. Better still, why not try using a bike instead? Changing your habits and making sustainable choices for things like this will help to save you money on fuel and other expenses. 

    Change your habits when it comes to babies and young children 

    We all know that having children can be expensive, but when you have a baby you might find there are always costs to consider. One thing you might want to try is reusable nappies instead of disposables? Disposable nappies are a weekly cost and they are also incredibly bad for the environment when it comes to our ever-expanding landfill sites. Reusable nappies will require an initial investment, but in the long run, it will save you money and is much more sustainable 

    Things to do in the garden

    There are also plenty of things you can do in your garden that will help you live sustainably and save money. Creating a compost area with scraps can be a great fertiliser for your garden instead of having to buy expensive compost options. You could also collect rainwater which can be used to water your plants. Water rates can be quite costly. 

    Change your habits with your energy usage 

    Energy is big news at the moment so why not look to change your habits when it comes to your energy usage? Switching lights off in rooms you are not using, not keeping appliances on standby, and even switching things off at the plug. It reduces your energy usages and helps you to save money. 

    Last but not least ....

    And finally you can save even more when you are buying through SaveMoneyCutCarbon's website. We have talked before about how we love working with the SaveMoneyCutCarbon team and when you buy your sustainable products through them you don’t just help to save the environment, you also save money. With every purchase you make, you will collect Planet Points which will be applied to your account and can be used as payment for future purchases. SaveMoneyCutCarbon now provides every non-home club member 1 point for every £1 they spend, and Home Club members 2 points for every £1 they spend.

     – Planet Points can be used on everything across the website

    – You can part pay with Planet Points or full pay

    – They can’t be used for postage but they do offer free delivery on orders over £40

     – You can save your Planet Points and spend them when you are ready

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    We all need to be more planet conscious as the world changes around us and hopefully this post has given you some easy ways to live more sustainably and shown that it can actually save you money too!

     

  2. 7 Ways You Can Have An Eco-Friendly Bathroom

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    Making changes to your home when it comes to wanting to be more eco-friendly can seem overwhelming. After all, you make the choice to be more environmentally friendly, but where do you start to try and implement those changes? While you can make conscious decisions with your lifestyle and start more or less immediately, it may take a little longer to completely overhaul your home. This is when starting with specific areas can make a difference. 

    The bathroom is one of the most used rooms of the home, and there are many ways you can implement some eco-friendly changes in there. With that in mind, we have been working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon to show some of the ways you can have an eco-friendly bathroom with some easy eco swaps. 

    Change your shower and reduce the time you spend in it

    One of the first areas to start with when it comes to your bathroom is the shower. Many people choose to shower thinking it is the most logical choice and less wasteful compared to a full bath tub. But a shower can use up just as much water. You may want to make the change to a low-flow shower head which will reduce the amount of water being used at any one time. Another great tip is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the showers. A few minutes less each time could make a big saving when it comes to the amount of water you use. 

    Ditch single-use bottles for reusable containers

    There are a lot of single-use bottles that you will find in your bathroom. Shampoo, conditioner, not to mention cleaning products. So you may want to think about ditching the single-use bottles and making the change to reusable containers. OceanSaver EcoDrops are the perfect solution to reuse plastic bottles.

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    Make the switch to a responsibly sourced toilet paper

    A standard busy home may go through around three to four rolls of toilet paper each week. So while you may not want to reduce the amount of toilet paper that is used, what you can do is make the change to a more responsibly sourced toilet paper instead. By doing this, you are doing your bit to tackle climate change by choosing a paper  that is made from more responsibly sourced materials like Uranus Wiper. It might seem like a small change to make, but if everyone made this conscious decision it could have a huge impact on the planet. 

    Make swaps for reusable items 

    There will always be things that we need to use in the bathroom, so you may want to consider making some swaps to more reusable items. One of the first things to consider could be makeup remover wipes. Having a wipe that you use and throw away is not eco-friendly, and even using cotton pads means that you throw them away once they are done with. You can now buy reusable make up remover pads that can be cleaned and reused time and time again. The less things you look to throw away, the better. 

    Use home made products 

    You could also use this opportunity to implement some home made products into your bathroom that can be more environmentally friendly. Making your own soap, for example, not only looks great and can be decorative but it can also be made from more responsibly sourced materials. You could also look to make your own cleaning products and even create hair products like your very one dry shampoo. Again these can be small changes that you implement but will go a long way towards your eco journey. 

    Saving water

    We all might have to wait a few minutes for the water to heat up, so while you wait, why not catch some of that water that would be going down the drain and to waste? This could be used to clean vegetables, water plants, or even be drinking water for your animals. 

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    Bamboo products instead of plastic 

    Finally, it could be a good time to get rid of other single use plastic items that you will have in your bathroom. Bamboo is a great eco alternative for lots of things such as toothbrushes and even cotton buds that you use regularly. Even things like a bamboo bath mat could be a great way to implement some eco-friendly choices that also look great in the bathroom. 

    Hopefully, this has given you plenty of ideas on how you can have an eco-friendly bathroom but do you have any top tips we haven't covered?

     

  3. SodaStream from SaveMoneyCutCarbon | Review

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    As a child, a SodaStream was the thing of legend. It was something that everyone else had but we never did. It was coveted and whilst my mum has always been ahead of her time with recycling and sustainability but we could never convince her to swap our plastic fizzy drinks bottles for the elusive SodaStream.

    So my inner child was more than a little excited when SaveMoneyCutCarbon recently asked if they could send us a SodaStream Spirit to put through its paces. The blurb tells us that SodaStream is the easy way to reduce your single use plastic waste and make sparkling water and your favourite fizzy drink, with just a touch of a button. So is that really true?

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    What does it cost?

    Cost is always the big question people have when thinking about buying a SodaStream. How much do they cost and is it worth it? First and foremost, you don’t need to go to their official website to buy one! You can buy your SodaStream from SaveMoneyCutCarbon and if you are a member of the Home Club, you get unbeatable pricing, guaranteed. Their Club Price Promise means that if a Club member finds it cheaper, they will refund the difference. It’s as if you’re buying direct from the manufacturer.

    The basic price is £99.00, plus £24.95 for the gas cannister and if you add one syrup in, that is bringing your total basic startup cost to £130.00. I set about working out how much we spend on fizzy drinks, so that includes all the soft drinks we buy per month and not to mention the tonic water for the husbands gin. I was a little horrified to realise this was costing us approx £72.00 per month. So we would start seeing savings by month two if this little machine lived up to the hype!!

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    What did we think?

    From the moment you begin unboxing the Sodastream its clear that along with cost saving and waste reduction, simplicity and usability are at the heart of the brand. The latter continues to be the case with the actual set up and usage of the product. The inside of the box is compartmentalised and designed for safe transit and easy access to the unit, the gas canister and the supplied syrups.

    Once unwrapped, the tall, sleek and modern design of the unit fits well in any contemporary kitchen. The accompanying basic diagrammatical instruction leaflet easily demonstrates the simple ‘click to open’ and ‘screw in to fit’ nature of the unit and the gas canister.

    Once put together the supplied water bottle is so easy to fit in place that our 9 year old could easily manage and was thrilled at the satisfying woooooosh and bubbling that comes from pressing the big button on the top the advised number of times (3 for fizzy and 5 for extra fizzy). Delving in to the range of syrups they are all easy to use, again with simple guidance on the side of the bottle and a handy lid that doubles as the advised measure. Once added to the bottle of now carbonated water the results are delicious! We tried the Cola, Lemon and Lime (both containing sugar) and also the Tonic mix and Zero calorie Lime that were sugar free. Thinking back to when we were children in the 80’s our memory was always of a beverage that had the hallmarks of ‘own brand’ cheaper drinks however these mixes are far from that – very much a premium tasting drink!

    Will it help reduce our plastic waste?

    One of the big benefits of a SodaStream is that it allows you to enjoy fizzy drinks and water without having to continue buying plastic bottles. What’s more, SodaStream PET bottles can be reused for up to 3 years, each one helping to eliminate as many as 1,282 single-use plastic bottles.

    So if you are looking to save money and your plastic consumption, the SodaStream from SaveMoneyCutCarbon might just be the answer to the question you didn't know you were asking!

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    Disclaimer : We were sent the SodaStream to review but all thoughts and fizzy fun are our own!

  4. Top tips to live a more sustainable life in 2021

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    2020 was quite a year, especially since most of us were stuck at home for a large part of it. But, being stuck at home opens your eyes- we don’t know about you, but it’s made us want to work on ways to live a more sustainable life. Living and maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyles takes effort, but not that much. The more you learn about the issues that affect our beautiful planet, the more determined you will be to make sustainable choices on a daily. That doesn’t mean you have to change your lifestyle completely, but every little change counts.

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    Here are 3 ways to live a more sustainable life in 2021. 

    Use a different mode of transportation

    You create about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide when you drive to and from work, which ends up releasing into the atmosphere each year- leading to the greenhouse effect, causing global warming. Do your part by making use of public transport, scheduling a carpool with your friends or co-workers, you can even walk or ride a bike if you’re in close distance to your work place. This isn’t just healthy for the environment, it’s healthy for you as well.

    Shop locally and eat seasonally for your groceries

    Shop from your local farmers' market to get fresh food items that were grown naturally without adding waste or carbon emissions to the environment. You’ll be eating healthier and supporting the community. Eat fruits and vegetables that are seasonal, as you’ll be eating the farm-to-table lifestyle which means you’ll be buying foods that were harvested recently by the local farmers. Not only will the foods be tastier, but you’ll be helping the environment as well.

    Make use of eco-friendly products around your home

    Most of the products that we use at home to clean the house, wash our clothes, or do the dishes contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Especially chemicals like detergents, foaming agents, and preservatives. Instead, switch to products that make use of sustainably grown ingredients rather than ingredients that are synthetic so that they don’t harm the planets eco-system. These eco-friendly products are also beneficial to people that have weak immune systems and health conditions as they pose less health risks. After starting to work alongside SaveMoneyCutCarbon last year, we have been making small steps in our sustainable swaps journey and being a member of their Home Club means we get regular updates on the positive impact we can all make. 

    Right then, I am off to use my EcoCoconut Scourer and Ocean Saver cleaning products to get this house clean! 

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