Small Tips to Make a Big Sustainable Difference Every Day
In today's rapidly changing and fast-paced world, the environmental impact of our everyday habits is easily forsaken for convenience. While large-scale initiatives are essential, it's the collective effort of individuals and businesses that can truly drive significant change.
In addition to working with Keep Australia Beautiful this month for #KABWeek2023 to help #ReduceWhatsInYourBin , here are some easy tips to inspire you to make small yet big and impactful environmental differences, every day!
Start by refusingand reducing your reliance on single-use products. Opt for reusable alternatives – from water bottles, coffee cups and containers, to shopping bags, pens, and notebooks!
Avoid using plastic utensils whenever possible – some have been able to get away with plastic cutlery bans by re-labelling their packaging to “reusable”, but how many times can you use a brittle plastic fork?
These small changes can significantly cut down on waste and its harmful effects on our environment.
♻️When your item reaches end of life, embrace recycling by ensuring that paper, plastic, glass, and metal are properly sorted and diverted from landfills. Cross-contamination can send a whole batch of well-intended recycling to landfill instead!
Simple changes in energy consumption can lead to substantial cost savings and reduced environmental impact.
Save energy by unplugging electronic devices and appliances when they're not in use and turning off lights in empty rooms. Make it a habit to power down your computer at the end of the workday. Encourage others to follow suit and adopt energy-saving practices in the office.
Invest in energy-efficient lighting and appliances to minimize power usage. Consider utilizing natural light whenever possible, further reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Make conscious choices when purchasing any items – for your home or office, or gifts for family and friends!
You can support brands and products that prioritise sustainability and are eco-friendly options to their standard counterparts.
Look for products made from recycled or eco-friendly materials. Choose items with minimal packaging. Check for eco-friendly certifications and labels, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for paper products or the ENERGY STAR label for energy-efficient appliances.
Water is a precious resource, and every drop counts – you would know especially if you lived through the droughts of the 00s and it makes you realise how much we take natural resources for granted.
So, be mindful of your water usage at home and at work. Make a conscious effort to conserve water by fixing leaks, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, and using water-saving appliances and fixtures. In your garden, opt for drought-resistant plants and implement efficient irrigation methods.
Making a big environmental difference doesn't always require grand gestures. Simple, daily actions can collectively create a significant impact on our planet. By incorporating these small tips into your routine, you contribute to a more sustainable future for all. Let's inspire others to join the movement and make everyday choices that make a difference.
Remember, every decision you make has the power to shape our world. Choose to be a force for positive change by adopting these small yet impactful tips. Together, let's create a brighter and more sustainable future - one small step at a time.
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