If you’ve been considering making a change to embrace a greener future for you and your family, but you’re just not quite sure where or how to start, we’ve got you covered! In this Guide To A Greener Future series, we’re giving you some insider tips and outlining a few small steps that make achieving an environmentally friendly abode seem like an easy feat!
You can catch up on our suggested initial steps in part one here. And, when you’re ready to dive deeper into sustainable territory, just follow the instructions below.
Nothing too intimidating, just a few teeny adjustments that will have a big impact on our earth.
1. Buy foods in bulk
Find your local whole foods store and begin by taking your reusable containers to fill up on things like pastas, rice and oats. While you’re there scope out their offering to get an idea of any additional items you might be able to swap the Woolies shop for. The following week bring an extra container and do this continually until eventually the bulk foods become the bulk of your shopping and the supermarket giants become your back up.
Which leads us to step two…
2. Shop at your local farmers market
BYO boxes and bags and stock up on all your fresh produce like fruit, veg, eggs and even meat. Turn this into a fun family outing, as most markets also have an array of stalls offering deliciously cooked foods, fresh juices and coffee. So, skip on the cafe brunch and instead enjoy a wholesome, locally harvested meal while perusing the aisles.
And, while we’re on the topic…
3. Buy bread from the bakery
Say goodbye to Tip Top and buy fresh bread that’s packaged in paper bags or better yet, take your own muslin cloth to wrap it in.
4. Replace the plastic wrapped loo paper
Purchasing toilet paper that is a) recycled and b) doesn’t come in plastic wrapping is easier than you might think.
Brands like Who Gives A Crap and Pure Planet offer recycled or 100% bamboo TP rolls and deliver them in a cardboard box straight to your door.
5. Swap your tea bags for loose leaf tea
Sadly, most of the teabags you find on the supermarket shelves are lined with plastic, even the organic ones! The paper bags often include a small percentage of cellulose and thermoplastic fibres to ensure they remain sealed. This means that the bags are not biodegradable and sends a little warning sign to us when we consider ingesting said fibres once heated…
Buying loose leaf tea is a great alternative – just make sure it is packaged in cardboard or glass only.
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