Looking for ways to be kinder to the environment? Start by making some tweaks at home!
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Being more environmentally conscious doesn’t require drastic lifestyle changes or living with the bare minimum. What the world needs is millions of mindful people who are making little tweaks in their lives to collectively improve the damage we’ve created to the earth.
We have the power to change our lifestyles to be more environmentally conscious. It just requires a little planning, thought and creativity to significantly reduce your impact on the environment by cutting back on the amount of trash you create. The best part is you will see an improvement with basic living costs!
There aren’t many people that live a completely waste free lifestyle, which means that there is room for improvement in every household when it comes to taking care of the environment. It can be overwhelming to learn more and implement changes into different areas in your life, so the best place to start is in the comfort of your home.
Biodegradable coffee pods
You’ve probably already made the switch over to our biodegradable pods, but here’s some more facts you may not know. Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. As technology develops and people become more money conscious, coffee pod machines have become a staple in many households.
It is said that Australians alone are using around 3 million coffee pods per day, majority of which are aluminium pods that end up in landfill and don’t break down for around 500 years. Compare this to our pods which break down in around 2 years, you can feel less guilty about the environment with every cup of coffee!
Composting is not just for the super greenies and is so easy to adopt into your home without requiring much time, effort or space. Composting is nature’s way of recycling by upcycling leftover food and organic matter to create a dark, rich substance known as humus, which is commonly used as a conditioner for soil. Simply keep a small bin on your kitchen counter so that you can easily dump food scraps (fruit, vegetables, eggshells and coffee grounds.
Getting to know your rubbish
It might take a bit of time to get used to doing this, but it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to go through your rubbish bin to see if you have correctly disposed of it. It can be easy to misjudge whether an item is recyclable, so taking the time to literally get to know your rubbish will ensure that you are placing items in the correct bins. If you aren't sure whether an item is recyclable in your area, most councils have information on their website that identifies what can go into which bin. When sorting through your rubbish, you can also see which products you use a lot of and see if there are more eco-friendly options for them.
Invest in reusable items
Single use items are big culprits for having a huge contribution to landfill. There are plenty of everyday items that can be substituted for a reusable option. This can include reusable canvas bags, reusable Tupperware and even rechargeable batteries. You should always keep a stash of reusable bags in easy-to-remember places, such as your car or under your kitchen sink, to avoid having to resort to plastic bags.
If you take Urban Brew on the go, check out our new reusable coffee cup. It's made from used paper coffee cups that would have ended up in landfill - how's that for repurposing waste? If you're a subscriber, log into your account, edit your subscription and click through to the treats section to find it. If you're not a subscriber, you'll find it in the checkout process when you place your order.
Don't buy bottled water
Many people buy bottled water if they’re on the go or because they think that bottled water is healthier than tap water. Most tap water regulations are actually much stricter when it comes to the health and quality of the water. If that doesn’t convince you, you can have filtered water taps installed at a small cost. Also, start getting in the habit of bringing a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go so you don’t have to buy an emergency plastic bottle, because really, they’re so overpriced!
Ditch the paper towels
Paper towels are convenient, but it mounts up to a huge amount of waste when used daily. Napkins, paper towels and cleaning wipes can be easily replaced with micro-fibre cloths or old clothing. Keep a spare bin under your kitchen sink to chuck used cloths in and just throw them into your next laundry load!
These are just a few ideas on how you can cut down on the waste in your household, but there are plenty more ideas out there if you want to do some research and get creative! Let us know if you have any more suggestions in the comments below : )
- Quote by Anne Marie Bonneau & Zero Waste Chef
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Guest Blog by Brenda L - Junior Digital Content Manager