10 Eco Tips for a ‘Greener’ Life
Wondering how to live a “greener” life? We have a few suggestions on how you can make some eco-friendly changes in your daily life which will not only decrease the impact your family has on the environment but may also improve your physical and mental health!
1. Buy clothing with longevity and quality over quantity. It takes 10,000 litres of water to grow the cotton used to make the denim for a single pair of jeans.
2. Why not also consider buying ethically-made, eco fashion. This means sustainable clothing made from certified organic or recycled materials.
3.When buying fruits and vegetables avoid using plastic bags, keep them loose instead or take re-usable ones with you.
4.You could try growing your own fresh produce. Even if it is a small pot of tomatoes or herbs on the windowsill. Not only does this save money but we become more mindful of the food we consume and of food wastage.
5.In fact plants around the house can improve the health of your environment. Studies by NASA have shown some household plants can remove toxins from indoor air, including formaldehyde and benzene.
6.Also in the home, buy LED globes for energy saving. They provide 15,000 to 50,000 hours of illumination compared to CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) 6000 hours.
7.If renovating or buying new furniture consider their green credentials. Check with Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) to find out if your furniture, flooring, paint and building materials have legitimate green credentials. GECA is Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, eco-labelling program.
8.Instead of using the dreaded b-word (bleach), use bicarb and vinegar for cleaning to give your home a green clean or try some of our favourite low-tox cleaning brands.
9.When buying coffee when out, avoid using takeaway cups by bringing your own reusable cup instead. Take-away cups have a plastic coating recycling centres cannot process.
10.Use social media for environmental good! There are an abundance of petitions online for environmental campaigns, such as protecting the reef or saying no to coal seam gas.