4 ways to make your life greener

4 ways to make your life greener

Today is World Sustainability Day! It comes around every year on the 4th Wednesday of October providing a chance for us to take a step back and think about how we can live a little greener. By implementing small changes as individuals, we can make a positive difference as a community. Below are 4 tips to start living greener.

Reducing single-use plastic.

Single-use plastic are plastic items that usually gets thrown away within minutes, and are often packaging or bags. Plastic does not break down as quickly as other materials like cotton, newspaper or timber. Due to this, plastic can take decades or centuries to break down and commonly end up polluting waterways, the ocean or natural environment. One change you can make today is reducing the amount of single use plastic you use. Solutions to avoiding single-use plastic:

  • By using reusable items such as coffee cups, shopping bags and cutlery. Bring these with you when out and about.
  • By simply saying “no” when offered plastic packaging or bags. When purchasing goods, see if you can request to have items without packaging altogether.
  • If products do come with packaging, ensure they are recycled or disposed of correctly.
  • When able to, choose products that are made from natural materials. Product designers are finding new materials to create packaging, from such as bamboo, cornstarch, mushroom and even seaweed!

Be a conscious consumer.

There has also been a shift in how homeowners design their home so it can be repurposed in the future. This home uses recycled timber that can easily be reused at a later stage by the future tenant, as it has accessable fixing. The Glosswood range can also be repurposed in the future as the timber can be sanded back and recoated. Another conscious decision that can be made when purchasing home furnishings, is to look for items that are sustainably produced or have recycled components.

As a homeowner, create an environmentally considered home.

When renovating or building, consider how your home can be more efficient. Using insulation and double glazing on windows can make the heating and cooling of your home more effective. Many homeowners are creating passive homes, which make use of the solar benefits through material selection and structural design. Choosing energy efficient appliances is another great way to lower your environmental impact, such as low-flow shower heads and smart power boards.

Making changes in the workplace.

Think about how you can change in other aspects of your life, such as your work environment. A few areas that can be improved in the workplace are:

  • Recycling. Does your company recycle? Do staff know what can and can’t be put in the yellow lid bin?
  • Waste. Is there a way to reduce how much plastic and waste is produced? If you are in manufacturing or retail industries, are there greener packaging alternatives that are biodegradable or compostable?
  • Travel. Are you able to ride a bike to work, take public transport or carpool with other employees?
  • Energy. Does your business use energy efficient light bulbs or turn off devices at the end of working day? As a business owner, is renewable energy like solar panelling feasible for your company?