Did you know that nearly 80% of all waste on our land and in our oceans now consists of plastic debris? Making small changes to the way we live can help create a brighter future for our planet, for generations to come.
HOW TO HAVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE IN 6 EASY STEPS...
- Shop Smarter – When shopping, do you end up buying things that are not on your list? This can lead to a lot of extra package waste, not to mention financial waste. Prepare a list before you leave home and make sure you only buy what you need. My tip is to buy your fresh produce from a local grocer or market instead of a supermarket to reduce the temptation of packaged foods and support local businesses at the same time.
- Take your own bags – I always take my own bags when shopping. Norwex Reusable Grocery Bags with BacLock® are made from 80% recycled materials and are strong enough to carry all your groceries. I keep mine in the car so that I don’t forget them. Along with these, I use the Norwex Reusable Produce Bags for my fresh produce. They are washable, non-leaching, non-toxic and strong enough for a full load of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Buy Fair-Trade products – When buying items that are imported from all over the world — particularly coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, chocolate, and fruit — look for the fair-trade certification. This tells you that these items were grown using sustainable methods of agriculture and that local people are receiving fair prices for the goods they produce.
- Reduce the use of plastics – Drinking from plastic water bottles and takeaway coffee cups are not ideal for our health or the environment. Plastic takes hundreds if not thousands of years to break down. They mostly end of in the bin and go straight to landfill or worse they end up in our waterways and oceans. Switch to a good quality Stainless Steel water bottles and reusable glass keep cup if you’re grabbing a coffee on the go. Norwex has a range of products to help you reduce the use of plastics like Silicone Lids and Food Storage Containers to replace plastic wrap. Cutting Boards made of biodegradable Rice Husks, Napkins made from 50% recycled materials and Stainless Steel Drinking Straws that are and Earth-friendly, long-lasting alternative to plastic straws.
- Compost your kitchen scraps – If you have a backyard, set up a compost system and see your fruit and veggie scraps become fertile soil to throw on the garden. I’ve recently bought a Bokashi Composting System which allows me to compost all our food waste including, meat, fish, dairy, citrus, onions, eggshells, cooked, raw and processed foods. It consists of a bucket with a lid and a tap that has a grate in the bottom. It can be kept in the kitchen where you can easily add your food scraps. At the end of the day, you add Bokashi Mix, which has beneficial microbes in it that helps the scraps to ferment. The liquid produced by the fermentation process can be diluted and used to fertilize your plants. Once the bucket is full, it can be added to an outside compost system or buried in the garden. This has replaced the need for me to use plastic bin liners.
- Pick it up – It's easy to just think about changing habits around the home, but thinking about your surroundings can benefit the environment too. If you see rubbish around when at the beach, a park or just in the street, try to pick up a few pieces and dispose of it properly...it is sad but true, not everyone does the right thing with their rubbish. If you're having a family picnic or BBQ in a local park or reserve, dispose of your rubbish responsibly or take it home with you if there are no facilities available.
To learn more about how Norwex products can change the way you live, book a time with me to gather with friends because small changes we make together create a big impact!