Simple Tips To Go Green In Your Household
There is a real focus on the impact that humans are having on our planet. And rightly so. There are some real problems with the way that we are living our lives and using our planet’s resources. If we don’t start making changes, the planet we know and love will not be the same for future generations. The great news is that it isn’t hard to begin the journey to ‘go green’.
There are some simple things that you can do at your place to really protect the future of our planet. Here are the first steps you should be taking to go green…
How To Go Green At Your Place
You don't need to have a bunch of fancy gadgets or a big budget to go green. In fact, many of these options can end up saving you money in the short and long term. And, they can make a real impact on our planet.
1: Embrace Natural Products
Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of your cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products? I bet you can’t pronounce half of them. By selecting natural options, you know exactly what is in them and what you are putting into the environment. If you love DIY, you can even make your own cleaning and personal care products. Or, you can buy green options from many shops.
2: Stop The Junk Mail
If your place is anything like mine, you can get 5-10 pieces of junk mail a day in your letterbox! That is a lot of wasted paper that just gets chucked in the recycle bin. Invest in a ‘no circulars sign’ and opt out of receiving the phone book and yellow pages online. You can do that here.
3: Give Up The Bottled Water
Single use plastic is one of the largest contributions to landfills. Yes, you can recycle some of it, but it still doesn’t go away completely. Here is a scary thought, plastic takes so long to break down that every piece of plastic ever made would still exist today. And manufacturers just keep making more of the stuff! So, instead of buying bottled water, invest in a water filter for your tap and a reusable drink bottle. We have heaps available at YumYum Store, check them out here.
4: Recycle What You Can
Putting your milk bottles and old newspapers in the recycle bin is a great start, but there is so much more you can do. We have become a very materialistic race. Most humans have a lot of stuff. Much of that stuff we grow out of, or stop using. But almost all of it has plenty of life left in it. So explore options for what you can do with those things.
You can sell many items on auction sites or local Facebook pages, and there are plenty of organisations that accept donations of good quality used clothes, toys, books and furniture. There is also a growing trend for upcycling and repurposing things to breathe new life into them. Items do not only have to be single use if you get creative.
5: Reduce Your Waste
Be very conscious of what you are throwing out. If you think about it, there is a phenomenal amount of waste that you can cut back on. Even something as simple as buying vegetables can generate waste if you let it. Instead of relying on the plastic packaging at the shops, take your own reusable bags like these . You can also shop from bulk food places, or local markets and take your own storage containers like these. Then you have the added bonus of not needing to unpack the shopping when you get home! Just slide your container back onto the shelf.
6: Conserve Energy And Water
There is a lot you can do to reduce your energy use at home. Try these tips…
- If you aren’t using it, turn it off (that includes standby lights)
- Set your heating thermostat a few degrees lower in winter
- Open the windows instead of turning on the air con
- Use energy saving bulbs
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Hang your clothes outside to dry instead of using a dryer
- Utilise timers for turning appliances on and off
- Choose energy-savings models when you buy new appliances
Electricity and gas cause a big drain on natural resources and take a lot of manufacturing to produce. A long term goal could be to invest in solar power which is a ready made, renewable energy source.
You can also do a lot to reduce your water use. Be very conscious about the length of your showers and watering your garden. Conserve as much water as you can.
7: Travel Green
Traffic congestion is a major problem, so do your part to reduce it where you can. Walk, run, or bike to work if you live close enough. If you don’t, then choose public transport or carpooling to reduce your carbon footprint. Maintain your vehicle so it has the least impact possible, regular servicing, properly inflating your tyres, driving slower and combining trips can all help. You may even want to consider upgrading to an electric vehicle in the future.
8: Lead By Example
We want our kids to love and respect our planet, so lead by example. Make them aware of why they need to be conscious of recycling and minimising their energy use. Don’t make it a chore, but make it fun and exciting so they will be interested to learn.
9: Support Local
Supporting your local businesses not only builds a strong community, but it reduces transport costs for having to bring essentials into your town. Money will circulate within your community, generating jobs and community worth. That means it can be invested back into making your town clean and green.
10: Don’t Be Afraid To Talk About It
Chat with your friends, neighbours and family about your efforts to go green. Encourage them to do the same (in a nice way of course). The more we can all do to protect our planet, the longer we will get to enjoy it!
- Wendy Fleisher