The environment is too damaged for any of us to completely fix but we can each do a little thing, something that fits our lifestyle, to collectively make a BIG deal about saving our planet. It's the butterfly effect at a neighbourhood level.
Below are some easy tips for going partially green AND saving money at the same time. Don't overdo it: just pick one little thing and see if you can weave it into your normal routine.
- Use a plate to cover bowls of leftovers in the fridge. All that glad-wrap we collectively use will NEVER completely bio-degrage. Plastic lasts for ever. I have glad-wrap in the cupboard and only replace it perhaps once a year. We cover things with bread and butter or dinner plates.
- Bicarbonate of Soda and cheap white vinegar used together make a great cleaning paste. I sprinkle the bicarb on the sinks and splash it with a bit of vinegar. The vinegar creates a fizzy reaction and I rub into the benches, bowls or sinks while it is fizzing.
- White vinegar (the cheap stuff) is a natural antiseptic so I use it in a spray bottle for quick cleans of bench tops - kill those germs, baby, without hurting the environment.
- Pick just one of these green clean recipes from David Suzuki and replace a chemically laden cleaner in your home. Just one will make a world of difference.
- Give rather than throw. All that rubbish you are throwing out may have GREAT value to an early childhood facility. Hang a bag in the kitchen and rather than throw out plastic bread tags, plastic lids, food boxes, etc....save them and deliver to an early childhood centre that you drive past every day. No need to use extra fuel going out of your way to find a facility: if you don't drive past one, ask someone at work with kids if they can send your construction materials to school with the kids.
- Grow a vege: tomato, capsicum, what ever turns you on. Make it easy - put it in a pot on the verandah so you won't forget to water it. Growing your own food reduces food miles.
- Holiday close to home this year. Air travel uses enormous amounts of energy and are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Try travelling to your destination on a train or a boat as a way to reduce emissions and provide a different holiday experience.
Warning: when you change too many things too quickly, you risk falling back into your previous ways because it is too hard to keep change up. Change bit by bit. Just make one tiny change this quarter. Just one little thing is all you have to do to change the world!