Published on March 28th, 2017 By Joshua Holliday
Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about the basics. Which is why i’ve decided to put together these Environmentally Friendly tips for using less waste! – the simple things that can be done to live with less waste and create a cleaner environment around your home.
If we start to become aware of these choices, the potential for change becomes enormous, because we have the power to impact our surrounding environments in a way that seems profound but, in reality, it is actually quite simple!
Here, I’ve put together 3 simple tips for clean and sustainable living that’s Environmentally Friendly. They have the potential to change your life, as well as the lives of those around you.
This one is a no-brainer, so of course I’m going to add it in!
We have all been taught at some stage in our lives to reduce what we use, to recycle what we use, and to reuse what we use. I feel like sometimes only 1 or 2 of these attract any attention and the others get left in the dark. It’s time to push all three into the spotlight!
Firstly, let’s look at reducing. It is fair enough to go out and buy all your goods from the shops and bring it home to use once before recycling. But, what if we consciously reduced the amount of stuff we accumulated and wasted to begin with? All households can cut out a significant portion of their daily or weekly waste just by reducing the amount of stuff they acquire in the first place. Do we really need it all anyway? Think about it.
Next up, reusing (which is my favourite). We have so many cool features in our house made out of reused goods, from old wine bottles made into candles to recycled glass bottles with plants sprouting out of them. You can even keep your rice, pasta, and nuts etc in there, too! Get on board with the reusables and you’ll be amazed at how creative you can become.
Last but not least, recycling. I feel like we all have a pretty good grip on this one but it’s important that we don’t get complacent. If you have waste that you know doesn’t belong in our oceans, parks, forests, and streets then make sure it goes into the correct bin.
YAY for Food!
Alright, so obviously not everyone can have a veggie patch in their backyards. I live in an apartment with limited space, so I know the pains of trying to create make-shift room to grow your own food. So, what’s the best way to grow your own stuff even if you have a tiny little apartment like most us middle-class people do these days?
Well! I personally love growing herbs. Otherwise window gardens are starting to become a great new trend. It’s so easy to get online and source the info you need to create your very own window garden! This is a website I love, which has provided me with loads of cool tips to help me get started: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-urban-gardener-window-gardens-169932
Drink water. Simple.
You don’t need those sugary drinks that come in plastic bottles – they are literally not doing you any good. They are full of sugar, which clogs up your arteries; they are expensive, which is a pain to your pocket; and they come in plastic bottles and we know how bad they are!
Get yourself a reusable bottle and drink water. It is the best thing for you and tap water doesn’t cost a cent (fortunately for us Australians). So many people don’t have the privilege of clean drinking water, so don’t take it for granted.
This is basic stuff. Common sense really. There are so many ways these clean tips for sustainable living can be elaborated on and added to but there’s no need to complicate things if you’re just looking to get started. Just try to be aware of your day-to-day rituals and you will be amazed at what you can discover about yourself and the environment around you.
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