It's incredible to think Australians throw out over 2.7 tonnes of waste per year! Our lifestyles are heavily built around consumerism, so it's no wonder tossing out excess food, packaging, old clothing has become the norm.
Changing our everyday habits at home is one way we can work together to tame the overflowing landfall that has become one of the world's biggest environmental burdens.
10 Ways to be environmentally friendly at home
To avoid overwhelm, start with these ten ways to be environmentally friendly at home.
1. Ditch the disposables
Reducing single-use plastics in your home goes way beyond shopping bags.
Swap your plastic rubbish bags for compostable options, replace plastic wrap with beeswax wrappers and use washable cloths instead of disposable wipes.
Replace single-use products like cutlery and plates with reusable bamboo cutlery and stainless steel lunchboxes.
2. Shop in bulk
Shopping in bulk goes a long way to reducing your plastic waste. It can also minimise your food waste and the number of trips you need to make to go to the supermarket. Win, win!
If you're new to shopping in bulk, start with the basics that you use regularly. Think toilet paper, cleaning supplies, cereals, grains or nuts and seeds.
3. Meal plan and prep
If you're not a meal planner, it's time to get on board! Planning and prepping your meals each week can help you eat a healthier diet, save money and time, and reduce food waste.
4. Make your cleaning products
Most commercial cleaning products contain nasty chemicals damaging to your health and the environment.
Make your own with natural ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils. Going DIY will help to detoxify your home and reduce your plastic packaging consumption.
5. Start a compost
Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Whether you shop at a supermarket or bulk food stores, composting your food scraps is a no brainer.
6. Skip the tea bag
Commercial tea bags often contain plastic. Making the switch to compostable bags or moving to loose tea is an easy and delicious way to be more environmentally friendly at home. We are big fans of the local brand Love Tea.
7. Swap to energy-efficient bulbs
Reduce your energy usage by switching out your old incandescents for LED energy-efficient lightbulbs. You'll be reducing your environmental footprint and saving on your electricity bills.
8. Use cold water
Washing your clothes in cold water and using a natural washing powder is an easy way to make your home more energy-efficient. Cold water washing is also more gentle on your clothes which will hopefully extend their lifespan.
9. Detox your beauty routine
Avoid toxic chemicals, reduce plastic packaging and save money by detoxing your beauty routine. You can make your own beauty products such as make-up remover, moisturiser or even perfume. Not into DIY? Thankfully there are ample beauty products that don't contain nasties and are packaged in recyclable materials. From toxic free shampoo and conditioner bars to all-natural make-up, detoxing your beauty routine should be a cinch!
10. Go zero-waste in your bathroom
Ditch the single use products like cotton buds and wipes, tooth brushes and cue tips and go zero in your bathroom. Think reusable wipes, compostable loofahs, shampoo bars and bamboo toothbrushes. By making these conscious swaps, you'll reduce your plastic waste and your weekly shopping bills. You'll also be reducing your exposure to harsh chemicals that simply shouldn't be in your personal care products.