You want your family to go green and start being more environmentally aware, but where do you start? It can be easier than you think to save the environment at home. You might be one person but you can still make a difference. So start your family’s green living journey with these 10 no-brainers.
Use run off water in your garden
When you are washing vegetables, keep a bowl in the sink to catch the run off water and then use that in the garden. You can also do this with water you cook your pasta in (once it has cooled down) or even place a bucket in the shower while you are waiting for the water to heat up.
Compost your vegetable scraps
Some councils offer free or discounted compost bins and worm farms, so check with yours if they offer this service. Composting is so easy to do and you will have beautiful, rich soil to use in your garden. Plus in terms of recycling for kids, composting is right up there in the fun stakes! Get them to sort out the veggie scraps and throw them in the compost bin. Even better if they can see the worms!
Purchase a reusable water bottle
All of that plastic from water bottles can’t be good for the environment. Purchasing a reusable water bottle is one of the simplest things you can do to go green. You just have to remember to fill it up and take it with you each day!
Switch to microfibre cleaning cloths
If you are using disposable cleaning cloths that is a lot of extra waste you are contributing. Switching to microfibre cloths is not only good for the environment but they are very efficient for cleaning.
Turn appliances off at the powerpoint
This is not just something you can do to save the environment at home. It will also save you money on your electricity bill. Even when appliances are on standby mode they are using electricity. Switch off whatever you can when it’s not in use. The TV is the easiest one to start with.
Resell unwanted stuff
How much stuff do you have in your house that you no longer need? Toys the kids no longer play with and clothes they have grown out of. Rather than sending it all to landfill, resell it or pass it on to charity. Kylie Travers has a fabulous ebook on reselling your things if this is something you are keen to explore.
Likewise, if you need something new, search for it second hand first as you can probably save some money and recycle in the process.
Switch to paperless
Many companies are now moving to paperless billing as the only option, but for those where you still have a choice, consider whether you need a paper bill. As long as you have a good digital filing system, you will be fine in terms of having easy access to your records.
You can also go digital with other things – like magazines! Kid Magazine is a digital publication so you can still get your magazine fix but none of the guilt about chopping down trees and the rest.
Take your own mug for coffee
Yes you do need to remember to take it, but a reusable coffee cup, like the water bottle idea above, is an easy way to implement green living principles into your life. The more people use these, the more mainstream it will become.
Use eco friendly cleaning products
Many cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment in waste or grey water. Natural cleaning products use ingredients that won’t harm the environment but are also safer for your own family. Research the products you are using – knowledge is power!
Shopping locally can also help reduce your eco footprint. Buy your fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets and support other local producers. It’s good for the local economy, reduces the supply chain footprint and shopping locally, particularly with produce, can often mean it is fresher.
So that’s 10 no-brainers you can do to be kind to the environment and go green. Do you have any other green living tips you can share?
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