Want to start becoming more eco-friendly but don’t know where to start? We’ve all been there, and it can be hard to know where to start implementing things that you can do each day to reduce your footprint, so we have put together our Top 5 things to get you started!
1. Reusable Items
For the first few weeks, you will forget to do this and that’s ok, you will get used to it and these items will become no different to grabbing your phone or keys when you leave your house! This is also one of the easiest and most common tips to becoming more eco-friendly. Ditch single-use items! That means no more takeaway cups, no more plastic bags, straws, disposable face masks etc. All of these items are easily stored in your handbag/backpack, car or keep them handy by the front door so you see them as you walk out the door. According to WWF (www.wwf.org.au) each person in Australia uses 130kg of plastic per year with only 9% of that being recycled. Let that sink in for a minute. What can you do to reduce your plastic use? Start with small and build up from there!
2. Living Sustainably
Do you really need it? Living a minimalist lifestyle is a huge contribution to living an eco-friendly life. When you’re out shopping for clothing, furniture and décor ask yourself one question “do I need it?”. Get used to only buying when something needs to be replaced. Fast Fashion is the best example to use. Many people buy clothes based on the fashion trends of the season and this can also be extended to home décor with the latest colours for your home. Buy for longevity, not for a few months. Consume less and you will be doing more for your planet.
3. The Bathroom!
When you walk into your bathroom, how many bottles, face wipes or tubes of creams can you see? There are many items now available that are sustainable including shampoo bars, body wash bars, bamboo toothbrushes and there are also reusable menstrual products on the market that can easily replace your single-use items. Your cosmetics that aren’t vegan or available in environmentally friendly packaging can be swapped out for brands that are – do some research next time you need to buy some make-up. Many of the larger brands are environmentally friendly.
4. Cleaning your Home
You don’t need to clean your home with a bunch of chemicals in plastic bottles, ask your parents or grandparents what they used to use! Vinegar and some bicarb are two great natural cleaning solutions that you could use. We use that on our floors and they come up fabulous! To get a great smell in some of our homemade cleaning products, we put a couple of drops of Essential Oils and the house smells beautiful.
5. Reducing Food Waste
This is one of my favourites and if you have kids, it’s fantastic as they will want to get involved too. In Australia, each household’s general waste is generally 50% full of food waste. That’s a lot and we can easily reduce this by implementing good habits in the home. Once again, starting small is key to getting this eco-friendly tip off the ground. We all eat herbs, vegetables and fruit so starting with one and then progressing will allow you to learn and grow as you go! You can easily buy herbs from your local produce market or you may want to start with growing some strawberries or maybe even tomatoes! Herbs are traditionally the easiest to start with but if you have kids you can put them in charge of growing strawberries. Their reward? Eating them of course! Once you’ve got the basics down pat, you can create a vegie patch in your backyard and really get into it.
Stay tuned for some more tips where we get into composting in our next blog to help you break down where to start and how to decide what composting solution is best for your household!