REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT - MY TOP TIPS FOR LIVING ECO FRIENDLY
Being an animal lover, outdoors fan, and an almost vegan, I have so much love for nature and the beautiful environment I live in; it's only natural that I want to preserve it. This year I've been working towards eliminating the waste that comes from our household, and reducing my footprint on Mother Nature.
- Drastically reducing our purchase of anything in packets, or with excess packaging. For example, no processed foods, more produce direct from the farmer, and making a conscious choice on what I purchase based on how it's packaged.
- Eliminating wastage. Each week, I do my absolute best to use up what we have before purchasing more food. This means getting creative in the kitchen and being resourceful. The less that we throw into the bin the better!
- Being mindful of what I can and can't recycle and putting in the effort to do so
- Choosing to purchase clothing based on longevity, rather than trend based pieces that will only last a season
Not too long ago, I was quite lazy when it came to recycling, and never really took the time to work out exactly what could and couldn't be recycled. As they say, knowledge is power, and after clarifying the details, I'm all over it!
I encourage you to do some research with your local council, just to make sure their guidelines are the same as the Gold Coast City Council.
PUT THIS IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN
Newspapers, junk mail, magazines, brochures, loose pieces of paper, post it's, cardboard packaging boxes, paper towel and toilet roll tubes, envelopes, clean paper towel, tissues boxes, cardboard beer cartons, greeting cards, business cards, egg cartons, milk cartons, telephone directories, food cartons, juice cartons, clean pizza boxes, postcards, plain gift wrapping paper (no sequins or glitter), clean paper plates and cups.
- PLASTIC (rinse and remove lids - these can't be recycled)
Water bottles, soft drink bottles, milk bottles, plastic takeaway containers, juice bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, detergent bottles, sauce bottles, plant pots, laundry bottles and containers, ice cream containers, yoghurt containers, bathroom bottle containers, clean plastic plates, food storage containers.
Wine bottles, sauce bottles, spirit bottles, soft drink bottles, food jars, cosmetic bottles, beer bottles, medicine bottles, juice bottles.
- STEEL & ALUMINIUM
Food tin cans, clean aluminium food trays (e.g. pie trays), jar lids, empty aresol cans, clean aluminium foil, pet food tin cans, aluminium cans, bottle tops (e.g. beer bottle tops).
DON'T PUT THIS IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN
- Disposable nappies, food scraps, clothing, shoes, textiles, gar bade, garden clippings, ceramics, pyrex ovenware, plastic bags, fishing line electrical wire, glassware, crockery, styrofoam, syringes, batteries, dirty tissues or serviettes, hose, pipe, chain, rope, wire coat hangers, light bulbs, toys, waxed cardboard or paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, mirrors or plate glass.
More ECO Living Tips...
- Op shopping! It's fun, budget friendly and good for the environment. Plus whatever you spend, goes straight to charity. (Watch this video by Fashion Hound and Amanda Roostsey)
- Give unwanted clothing to friends, family or charity
- Start a compost bin or worm farm and use your food scraps as an amazing fertiliser for your garden
- Ride your bike or walk more often
- Use your own water bottles rather than purchasing them, and take your own reusable smoothie or coffee cups, to save on plastics.
- Use organic cleaning and body products, to minimise the chemicals going into our waterways
How else do you reduce the rubbish coming from your household? I'd love you to share your nature friendly tips in the comments section below.