It is evident Mother Earth is angry, she is yelling at us for change however it can be a little overwhelming knowing where you, as just one person, can start.
We have pulled together some of our top tips, some we do at home already and other we have seen, loved and have started implementing.
1. Home Compostable Bin Liners;
Did you know there is a difference between eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable? If you are wanting the best option we recommend opting for home compostable, this means you don’t need any fancy systems in place to make sure this bin bag is not on the planet long after you leave. Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags a year and it can take anywhere between 20 – 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down – Scary huh!
Single-use traditional plastic bags have an average life span of 12 minutes, and worldwide we are using 2 million every sixty seconds. A change we have made this year is purchasing Seed and Sprout home compostable bin liners, it was an easy change and one we know is having a big impact on the planet.
2. Plastic Bottles in the house;
Half of all plastic waste we produce comes from plastic packaging! Normally, plastic items can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Plastic bottles can take 450 years or more! If you think of how frequently you go through your dish liquid, Shampoo and Conditioner, or washing powders and times this by every household – that is a lot of plastic bottles.
When you are purchasing plastic bottles, make sure you are re-using them, making your own cleaning products or using as spray bottles for the plants ect. Some plastic free, good for the environment products we are loving;
Washing detergent by That Red House Organic Soapberries
Dish Bar from Seed and Sprout
Deodorant from Ethique
3. Grow your own;
Whether it is growing a pull blown veggie patch with a full variety of vegetables or a few pots with the herbs you use most in there it makes a difference and is a simple transition. You can buy seedlings from The Seed Collection or head to your local garden centre and start planting. A positive side note to this change is the positive impact outdoor activity (even just watering the herbs or veggies) has on your mental health. According to Pub Med exposure to nature and outdoor activities can improve mental health(1).
4. Bulk Food Buying;
Find your local bulk food store where you can bring your own jars and containers along, commit to purchasing everything from your flour, nuts, nut butters and rice from these stores. Saving the packaging these items come in from the supermarket will save in waste and will save you money buying what you need vs what is packaged. Stores like Source Bulk Wholefoods are the perfect answer.
5. Review your Superannuation Fund
This can be one we don’t often think about, Super can be that long-lost money you don’t think about once it leaves your pay. However, this money is still yours and you have absolute control over what this is invested into and who/what it supports. It is very common for your big Super funds to be supporting coal mining, so in short, if your super is with one of these funds your money is being invested into coal mining which is a MASSIVE contributor to climate change and the devastation we are seeing in the world at the moment. So do your homework, know where your super money is being invested and ensure this aligns with your values and what you want for this world, you hold the power. A great fund we are big fans of is Verve Super they are transparent, ethical and support you to build your wealth together.
6. Say no to wrapping paper this year;
How big was the bag of wrapping paper that was thrown out from the opening extravaganza on Christmas morning at your house? Huge no doubt. It is roughly a $7 billion-dollar industry in the US alone and despite the name ‘paper’ when it is coated in glitter, foils, and coatings that wrapping paper is generally not recyclable. It creates millions of tons of waste of which it is estimated over half of this ends up in landfill. So, this year see if you can have a no-wrap policy. If you cant or you receive a wrapped present and want to know if you can put the paper in the recycle bin or not to the ‘scrunch test’ – Scrunch the paper up into a ball, If it stays that way when you let it go, it’s fine to put in the recycle bin. If it tries to go back to the original state you can assume it will join the other 2.3 million pounds of wrapping paper that reportedly ends up in landfill each year.
These are just a handful of the changes we can make under our roof, with our money and that we have absolute control over that will have such a big impact on the bigger picture. There are many more you can find if you do a quick search, stay informed, and make the best decisions you know how to, with the information you have.
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Reference : 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5944462/