Most of us want to do the right thing by the environment but simply don’t know where to start. If you want to lead a greener life, here are 20 ways to live more sustainably.
1. Grow your own food
But I live in an apartment, I hear you say. No problem! If you have a window, balcony or rooftop, you can have a food garden. With enough light you can even grow food indoors in containers. If you’re still not convinced, seek out a local community garden for your fruit and veggie needs.
Growing your own food is great for the environment, great for your bank account and for your health and wellbeing. What’s not to love?
2. Buy local
Show your local pride and purchase locally produced items. Food and other products that don’t have to travel the globe to get to you significantly reduce our carbon footprint.
3. Learn to preserve
Preserving isn’t just for your nana anymore! From daikon radish pickles to preserved salted lemons, conserving, fermenting and drying foods to increase their longevity and make some delicious recipes is now all the rage. Visit The Urban Homestead to find out more.
4. Go vegetarian
Sure bacon is delicious, but cutting meat out of your diet will not only help the planet, it’ll save you some serious cash. If you can’t see yourself going totally vegetarian aim to have at least one meat-free day a week. [Click to Tweet]
5. Reuse jars and plastic containers
- Use them for preserving food and storing other items.
- Take them to the store when buying in bulk.
- Get crafty and turn them into vases, pot plants, or lamps.
- If all else fails, recycle them.
6. Take your lunch to work
It takes a little effort at first but once you’re in the habit, you’ll see the rewards in your wallet and on your waistline!
7. Buy in bulk
Buying larger quantities means fewer grocery trips and big savings. Don’t forget to take your own containers when stocking up!
8. Save water
Take shorter, colder showers, install a low flow shower head, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and dispose of used water by putting it on your plants.
9. Veto bottled water
Tap water is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than its bottled counterpart. Get yourself a reusable drink bottle and fill up wherever you go – it’s free!
10. Use the right bin
Councils provide bins for general waste and recycling, and sometimes also for green matter. Put your litter in its correct place.
11. DIY composting
All you need to start is a container with a lid and some holes in the sides. Then simply throw in your food scraps and grass clippings and, voila, you have yourself the beginnings of a compost heap.
12. Avoid chemical cleaning products
Skip the costly, toxic option and instead use natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.
13. Green your laundry regime
Only ever put on a full load of laundry, wash with cold water, and use a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dryer whenever you can.
14. Alternate packing materials
Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, old clothes, towels and blankets are all great packing supplies.
15. Unplug appliances
Anything that isn’t currently in use should be turned off rather than left on standby. Also be sure to unplug if you are going away.
16. Reuse bags
Invest in some funky cloth bags for shopping. You’ll be stylish and eco-friendly!
17. Walk, cycle, use public transport or carpool
Ditch the car whenever you can and instead get fit, get social and get green.
18. Make your car more eco-friendly
Get your car serviced regularly, avoid excessive acceleration and turn the engine off when you’re stuck in traffic to save on petrol and pollution.
19. Get your mail electronically and stop junk mail
This makes it easier to organise your mail, saves trees and means you only receive what you want to receive.
20. Green disposal of electronics
Take your old phones and computers to designated electronic recycling collection points.
With these life-hacks you’ll improve your finances and help save the world. Go forth, eco-warrior!
March is Go Green month at Aussie. Don’t forget to check out our other articles in this series for practical tips on going green: Learn how to be an eco-friendly traveller, get tips on having a natural skincare routine, and save on your energy bill!
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