Living Sustainable 101
Realising we need to begin to make more sustainable lifestyle choices can be a bit overwhelming as far as knowing where to start. With so many options, we’ve decided to discuss 10 Home Sustainability Tips. Although there are many choices we can make outside of our homes to embrace sustainability, such as bring reusable water bottles and shopping bags with us, there are just as many to be incorporated within your home.
1. Avoid Rinsing Dishes Under Running Hot Water
It uses far more hot water to keep the water running than putting the sink plug in and using some water in the sink to wash your dishes. Even better is scraping dishes prior to rinsing or rinsing with cold water to limit use of hot water.
2. Recycle and Dispose of Waste Properly
Australians are one of the largest waste producers in the world, creating over 40 million tonnes of garbage/year according to The Source Bulk Foods. Whether you are in rural cities, apartments, or houses; often a matter of space can compromise how we dispose of our waste. However, taking the time to designate bins for recycling and compost, will help to significantly minimise how much goes into the garbage and ultimately the landfill. Although space can be tight for having all three of these sorting options, keep in mind the benefit to the planet and future generations when you dispose of compostable products in a compost bin, rather than putting it in a garbage bag and slowing the decomposition process, or tossing perfectly recyclable materials into the garbage as well.
3. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk has many benefits. For starters, it’s often cheaper, but even more importantly you can reduce your package waste with less single-use plastics being used. Be sure to bring your reusable containers (mason jars work amazingly for so many products), cloth or mesh produce bags, or any other products you can think of.
4. Plant Shade Trees
Ready to spruce up your garden and keep the hot Aussie sun out? By planting shade trees, you can help cut back on the use of your air conditioner, using less energy within your home. Check out these 20 Best Trees for Shade in Australia developed by Tree Science. Speak to your local arborist on which directions to plant your trees to ensure you still allow light in during the winter months.
5. Use Non-Toxic Cleaners
Better for the environment and the safety of your family, switching to non-toxic cleaners is a great way to create more sustainability within your home. A few great cleaning products include borax, vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice.
6. Establish Meatless Monday
Eating lower on the food chain at least one day a week can help to minimise your environmental impact. Products such as meat, eggs, and dairy products use disproportionately more land, water, and additional resources to produce than they return in food value. With so many vegan and vegetarian food options, that still allow you to get plenty of protein and nutritional value, this is a small weekly change you can make within your home to help reduce your footprint (food’s carbon footprint).
7. Upgrade Your Lights
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) cost far less than halogen or incandescent lights. Although a bit of an investment, these bulbs will emit the same brightness of other bulbs, but are much more energy efficient and last much longer.
8. Reduce Plastic Bags
One of the easiest changes you can make is to reduce plastic bag usage. Purchasing alternative options to store your snacks, sandwiches, etc, can make such an impact on the plastic you dispose of each year. With stainless steel containers and snack pockets available on our website, these can help you to begin reducing the plastic you use within your home. Additionally, rinse and reuse current plastic bags to extend their useful for more than just one use.
9. Switch to Sustainable Bathroom Products
With so many products that can be changed to, we encourage you to change at least one product per month to more sustainable options. These options can include:
● dental lace,
● soap bars,
10. Skip the Dryer Sheet
Instead of a single-use dryer sheet, opt for a Cora Ball which catches microfibres that leave our clothing when washed which eventually enter and pollute our waterways. Not only do these catch the microfibres, but also hair and can be easily removed from the ball.