Earlier today on RTÉ Radio 1, Claire Byrne was joined on the line by three sustainably-minded guests: Elaine Butler, founder of livinglightlyireland.com; Emma Gleeson, author of Stuff Happens; Karen O'Mahony, a sustainable designer who runs Rag Order Dublin.

While most of us enjoy the concept of living an eco-friendly lifestyle, many of us don't know where to begin and often believe that green habits are too time-consuming or expensive to maintain.

According to Claire's guests though, there are plenty of small changes we can make in our day to day lives that will benefit both the planet and our wallets.

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Elaine Butler admits that while some eco-friendly habits are more time-consuming than useful, there are plenty of small changes that we could all make such as bringing a reusable shopping bag to the supermarket rather than buying plastic ones, bringing a KeepCup to the coffee shop rather than using disposables, and buying second hand toys for kids - especially younger children who wouldn't notice the difference!

Emma Gleeson added that while many of us have spent lockdown clearing out wardrobes and bedrooms and attics, we may not have learned from our shopping mistakes. In order to break the clutter cycle, the Stuff Happens author says we need to look at why we feel compelled to buy something in the first place and why we hold emotional ties to certain objects that we can't let go of.

She also notes that we need to be more responsible when it comes to donating and passing on old items, and suggests finding a community of sustainably minded folk on Instagram or on websites like freecycle.org for tips on recycling the right way.

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As for Karen O'Mahony, the sustainable designer says that people can transform their wardrobes on a budget with some very simple alterations. At Rag Order, O'Mahony works with clients to upcycle items of clothing that hold sentimental value or just need to be nipped and tucked to deliver that wow factor.

Much better ordering another basket of poorly-made clothes from a fast fashion brand that you'll likely forget to return and will end up at the back of the wardrobe until the next clear out!

Listen back to the full chat on Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1 here.