The results are in on waste production and climate change and they are not looking good.
Australia, in particular, needs to take particularly large strides in coming to terms with how much trash is compiled each year. In order to make a significant positive impact on the environment, everyone needs to begin pitching in. One of the best ways to do this is by changing certain aspects of your lifestyle, particularly in your own home. Just by altering the way that you live a little, you can actually help the environment a great deal. Here are a few of the ways that you can get started:
All of those household cleaners that you use could actually be finding their way into the soil, damaging the environment. This is why one change that you might want to consider making is creating your own cleaners. Did you know that with some vinegar, baking soda, and water, you are able to produce an all-purpose cleaner? You can use this to wipe down various parts of your home. If you feel like this takes too much time or trouble, try opting for the most natural cleaners possible. You should always check the labels to make sure that nothing harmful or toxic has been used in your cleaning agents.
As much as you can, try to buy items that come in packaging that can be easily recycled. By doing this, you will not be contributing to the tonnes of trash that end up in landfills. Instead of being forced to throw out these items, you will actually be able to make sure that they will be able to be used again. It is understandable that this might not be an option for everything that you buy. However, you should still check to see that the item in question is not covered in layers and layers of packaging. If you have to throw something away, the least you can do is to make sure that you minimize the amount of trash.
As mentioned, there are certain things that you simply have to throw away. Nonetheless, you can still ensure that you are being as responsible as possible when you are doing this. Try one of the waste management services that may be available in your community. By doing so, you will know that all of the trash that you can’t help but throw away will be properly taken care of. These types of services take great care with what they collect, making certain that there is no negative impact on the environment.
Swap Paper for Cloth
Sure, paper towels mean that you have to do less laundry. However, it also means that you are contributing to the waste that you are collecting. This is why you should use cloths to wipe down things or your hands. You will be able to continuously reuse these without throwing them away. If you or your family tends to use paper napkins, it is time to switch these out too. Use cloth ones at every meal time. It may seem like a greater hassle, but you will certainly be doing some good.
These are just a few ways that you can run a green household and do your part for the environment.