5 Easy Steps To Practice Sustainability At Home
As awareness of environmental care, recycling and practice of zero waste grows, we have compiled some ways to practice sustainability at home. By taking advantage of practising these 5 easy steps at home, we may not only be more sustainable, but may also save money, time and even improve our overall health.
1. Shop With Green Bags
While most of us know we should be shopping with those green, reusable bags so strate- gically placed by the check-out, too few of us are, and even fewer of us understand the impact of our choice. For example, did you know that by using a single set of reusable shopping bags per person can eliminate the disposal of up to 300 disposable plastic bags per year? That quick sum is only for one person.
And not only do we individually save 300 disposable plastic bags going to landfill or the ocean, but we also avoid the unnecessary burning of fossil fuels, cutting down forest to access to the fossil fuels, and in some cases even unfair labor.
So do your part, stop using plastic bags when you go shopping. Grab a green bag that made of natural materials such as cotton or jute and reuse them for your shopping today!
2. Reusable Bottles & Coffee Cups
Another simple yet powerful swap comes in the form of reusable coffee cups and drink bottles. Thankfully most us are already familiar with this concept, with many café goers opting for BYOC (bring-your-own-cup) on their morning run.
By investing in a twenty to thirty dollar reusable coffee cup, we are lessening the consis- tent stream of cardboard and plastic cups into landfill, as well as the excess waste of the manufacturing and transportation of the product.
Just like KeepCups, reusable drink bottles are an eco-friendly alternative that can look bet- ter, maintain hot or cold temperatures and are often made of recyclable materials.
Invest in a few great quality reusable drink bottles and coffee cups today and enjoy a waste free, heat stable cup o’ joe tomorrow.
3. Recycle Your IT
You may have noticed glass boxes of old model flip phones at your local shopping centre, these are recyclables - yes that’s right, you can recycle your outdated technology.
Australia’s rapidly change technological landscape means that the amount of “e-waste” such as disposed computer, television and mobile phone products is increasing at an alarming rate; with recycling program Mobile Muster reporting a growth three times faster than any other.
To recycle your electronic goods visit the website Recycling Near You. You can find more information at http://recyclingnearyou.com.au.
4. Start Using Natural Detergents
We sweep, scrub and polish our homes with a lot of cleaning agents. Do you know the conventional cleaning products we use contain non-biodegradable and toxic chemicals? We use a variety of soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polishes, and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, glass, drains, and ovens to keep our homes thor- oughly cleaned. In fact, some cleaners at home contain a high level of toxin. Some of these chemicals are carcinogenic while some contains "hormone disruptors" that can inter- fere with the body's natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the ac- tions of hormones.
This is why when shopping for household cleaning products and detergents, it is best to look for natural ingredients. You can even make your own cleaning products at home by using simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda or lemon which can be easily found in your local supermarket. With this inexpensive mixture of natural ingredients and a rubber sponge, scrubbing grease and grime can be easily tackled anywhere in the house!
5. Brush Your Teeth With A Bamboo Toothbrush
It’s mind boggling just how significant the environmental impacts of items we use every single day are; you’d be amazed what your toothbrush can do.
Conventional toothbrushes are currently made from a combination of plastic and rubber; none of which are biodegradable. They will take more than 200 years for a plastic toothbrush to degrade. This means that they remain in landfill indefinitely or worse, in the ocean.
Bamkiki offers a a simple way to help contribute to sustainability – a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. The materials used to make the toothbrush come from a type of bamboo grass known as MOSO (Phyllostachys edulis) that rapidly produce an abundance of crops. This sustainably grown bamboo is harvested without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, and is only seasoned via a carbonation process to strengthen the timber.
Not only do Bamkiki offer an environmentally conscious alternative to conventional tooth- brushes but also support environmental efforts, donating 5% of profits to a foundation that promotes the well-being of our Mother Nature. Currently they are donating to The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, a dedicated charity to fund solutions for long term conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
Implementing just one of these 5 Top Tips will not only improve the sustainability of our homes but also our health, the health of our planet, and the sustainability of our modern life, so choose wisely.
What simple acts of sustainability do you practice at home?