5 easy ways we can be more eco-friendly
- Switch it off
>>Lights, taps, TV, heating/air-conditioning etc. SWITCH THEM OFF! Not just when you leave your house, but when you leave a room as well. What’s the point in leaving the bathroom light on if you’re not going to the loo?
>>Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint by conserving energy, you will also see a massive improvement in your energy bills. Win-win!
TOP TIP: invest in eco-friendly technology
>e.g. LED light bulbs – you won’t regret it!
2. Spread the veg
>>You don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or even pescatarian to do your bit. How about only eating meat on weekends? Or going one day a week meat-free? Try not just cooking meat-free meals for yourself, but for your family and friends as well.
>>BEEF production requires 28x more land and 11x more water than pork or chicken and results in 5x the climate-warming emissions. Experts say that giving up beef will reduce your carbon footprint more than giving up your car!
3. Waste not, want not
- only buy what you know you will eat (even if there is a great offer on – sorry!)
- watch your portion sizes – you can always get seconds
- freeze/refrigerate if there are leftovers (trust me, you’ll be thankful you did near the end of the week…)
- check the portion sizes (recruit a friend and share/kids portions are still an option, adults!)
- ask to remove toppings you know you won’t eat
- take any leftovers to go
>>7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year…much of this goes to landfill…then adds to the amount of CO2 being created there.
TOP TIP: invest in a food waste
>So leftovers can be composted to create fertiliser.
PRO-WORLDIES: grow your own!
>So you can use you own compost to fertilise your home-grown produce! Don’t have a garden? – window boxes are great alternatives. Food tastes so much better when it’s from your own garden 🙂
4. Reduce, reuse, RECYCLE
>>Chances are you already recycle BUT, are you recycling all you can? Or are you accidentally recycling things you can’t?
- 98% of batteries (stores e.g. Aldi often have drop off points. Contact your local Council for more info.)
- Mobile phones – only 3% are currently recycled! (Check out Mobile Muster @ http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/recycle-a-mobile/?gclid=Cj0KEQjw7Ne_BRDRmP2ojKfzv98BEiQAPuqPyY3HsKnNZ8KXEMQZ3Fp7P0eY0-mqB-DZvRLI518UF8QaAlrR8P8HAQ if you are looking to recycle a phone.)
- Clothing – charity shops e.g. OXFAM would greatly appreciate donations & shelters e.g. RSPCA often accept blankets
- Printer cartridges (at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman)
- Scrap metal (contact your local Council for NetWaste pickup info.)
- plastic bags
- takeaway coffee cups
- polystyrene (foam)
- bubble wrap
- dead animals (NetWaste should not need to specify this…)
5. Au natural
>> Lush is one of the best stores for true worldies because, their products are:
- 100% vegetarian
- Fighting animal testing
- Ethically bought
- The freshet cosmetics online
- They use naked packaging
…and their products are LUSH! (I would recommend their bath-bombs or their bars of soap: easy ways to be more eco-friendly.)
>>The most damaging ingredient in many hygiene products is microbeads. Microbeads are small non-biodegradable bits of plastic which enter watercourses and damage the environment by entering the food chain. By choosing LUSH or other like brands you are keeping the environment clean, thus taking a big leap forward in your eco-friendly lifestyle journey.
TOP TIP: green-clean with organic cleaning products
>A simple change you can make to your routine is to air-dry washing/dry washing on radiators instead of tumble-drying it.
GAL-WORLDIES: menstrual cups
>Have you ever considered using a menstrual/diva cup? If not, I would urge you to give them try because, not only are they better for the environment, they will also save you a lot of money in the long term. Check out this helpful OrganiCup article for more info: https://www.organicup.com/blog/powerful-environmental-reasons-to-switch-to-a-menstrual-cup/
“Little things make a big difference.”Yogi Berra