When you’re getting started in the green living world, it can be daunting to know how to make the switch. That’s why we’ve done the research for you and covered off on 10 key places to start. Read on to be inspired!
1. Turn off appliances when they’re not in use
Did you know that the kettle or microwave that are plugged into your wall are burning through power and increasing your electricity bill? Not only that, but they’re adding to the negative impact on the environment. But don’t worry, because you can fix this easily! Simply get into a habit of turning your appliances off at the wall after using them and you’ll be so pleased you did.
2. Use the washing line
We can get so accustomed to using a dryer that we forget about the washing line. While it may not be the easiest option, it is the most economical choice. Not only will it save electricity, but it will mean a less expensive power bill (and doesn’t everyone love that?). So get in the habit of only using your dyer when you really need it, like when it’s raining!
3. Choose green cleaning
Do you know what’s in your traditional household cleaning products? My bet is that you don’t… But the harsh truth is that these seemingly normal cleaners have some serious nasties in them – from chemicals that cause respiratory issues to those that irritate the eyes and skin to others that can cause serious long-term damage. So it might be time to switch over to the clean side and use green cleaning products. They include natural ingredients that make them safer for you and your family and better for the environment. So, whether you do the cleaning yourself or whether you employ a professional cleaner, make the move to green cleaning today.
4. Share a ride
If you have a car, consider ways to drive it less. This might be as simple as sharing a ride to work with a colleague who lives in the same suburb or using a rideshare car instead. Alternatively, you can put your running shoes on and walk or run to work. Or, if the distance is a little further, why not take upcycling? This is not only good for the environment but fantastic for your health – and you’ll reap the benefits in no time!
5. Ditch plastic!
Plastic straws, bags and (anything) plastic are some of the most common items found on beach shores around the world. All of this plastic harms animals and the environment and can take years and years to break down. So the next time you consider using plastic, think about the alternatives. This could be as simple as taking a reusable bag to the grocery store or getting a metal straw or ceramic coffee cup for every-day use.
6. Go organic
Support your local farmers and purchase organic food. You can be sure these items haven’t been treated with any nasties, meaning they’ll be better for your family and the environment.
7. Buy second hand
Thrift stores are full of all sorts of gems! So why not have a hunt around one next time you’re looking for a household item? You may be surprised at what you find.
8. Reuse and recycle
When something is broken, our first instinct is to throw it out. But this causes a huge amount of strain on our landfill and hurts the environment. Your clothing choices impact the planet. Instead of chucking it to the curb, see how you can reuse it! This could be as simple as getting that pair of jeans fixed at the dressmakers or taking your fridge to an appliance repairs person. And when it comes to anything that actually has to go, make sure you recycle it if you can! Check the recycling rules for your specific council area. And if you have a professional cleaner for your home or commercial property, make sure they adhere to the guidelines too!
9. Reduce purchases
Instead of making impulse purchases, think before you buy a product. Consider how the product was made and the packaging it is wrapped in. And then use the 30-day rule, where you wait an entire month before making a purchase. This will help you decide whether you really need that new item or not.
10. Upgrade your lights
LEDs will cost you so much less to run than halogen or other incandescent lights. Plus, energy-efficient lights can actually last up to 10 times longer than traditional ones. They’ll give you just the right amount of light while saving you money – what a win!