64 A guide to a greener future

A step by step guide to a greener future | part one

Putting the environment first and committing to the ever eco-conscious movement can be a big step and means making significant changes to your lifestyle. We know this can be daunting – believe us, we’ve been through the motions – but it was lots of little changes over a period of time that helped us to transition from a household that chose convenience over sustainability.

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, don’t worry! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you some insider tips and outlining a few small steps that make achieving a environmentally friendly abode seem like an easy feat! Nothing too intimidating here, just a few teeny adjustments that will have a big impact on our earth.

1. Say no to single use plastic

Start small and gradually decrease your consumption. A few initial things to consider: bottled water, plastic cutlery, plastic straws, plastic bags, coffee cups – these are all things we should, as a society, be giving up. Simply get yourself a reusable drink bottle (stainless steel works a treat and lasts for ever), a glass straw, eco friendly shopping bags and several keep cups to take with you wherever you go.

2. Start composting from home

The NSW government estimates the average household throws out $1036 of food per year! A DIY backyard or worm compost at home is a great way to minimise this wastage and give back to the environment. There’s plenty of DIY compost inspo on Pinterest but if that’s not enough, we’re sure you’ll find a compost bin design here to suit your home. Head to your local Bunnings to pick up all the bits you need and have your compost ready to go in just a few simple steps.

Which leads us to…

3. No more plastic bin liners

Yes, bin liners fall into the ‘single use plastic’ category and yes, the more you compost the less you will need to use said bin liners. Swap out the plastic bags for biodegradable liners or better yet, don’t use any at all! Consider taking the garbage out directly from your indoor bin and wash it out with a hose after each use or wrap your rubbish in newspaper instead as this will gradually break down over time.

4. Paper towel is not a necessity

Paper towel – recycled or not – makes up 2% of total landfill in the US.   In the manufacturing process waste is created and energy is consumed, resulting in Co2 emissions and water consumption. Old rags, and cotton cloths work a treat. You can also wash these and re-use over and over and over again.

Image source: Siegrid Cain Photography

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