When it comes to bills of any kind, opt for a paperless alternative. Emails are a much greener option and will not only help save the trees but also eases the strain of the transportation of letters.
Reduce Shower Time
Cut down your shower time. While your rendition of Grease Lightning might be nothing short of fabulous, you don’t have to finish the song before you exit the shower! In fact, sometimes the acoustics sound even better when your towelling down. Well, while we can’t guarantee that, shorter showers will help save the planet and your water bill at the same time. It’s a win-win!
Walk, Bike or Bus
Walk or bike. Bus or carpool. Only drive your own car if it is absolutely necessary. Not only will this help those with health and fitness goals, but those saving money will also see a reduction in fuel costs!
Say No to Spam
Say no to spam mail. Contact the companies of any spam mail you receive and ask to be removed from the list. Thousands of trees are cut down each year for junk mail that is unlikely to see a world away from the paper bin or the braai place.
Turn off your electrical appliances when you aren’t using them. That should be a no-brainer, but even when your computer is off but still plugged in, it requires power – just for that little red dot to let you know it’s there if you need it.
Collect Rain Water for Plants
Put containers outside when it rains – boy does it rain often – and use this water on plants during dry spells. This is also a great reminder to water the garden for the scatterbrains amongst us.
Opt for Reusable
Reusable cups and bags are essentials items for households all over the country in 2019. Most good coffee shops will offer a slight discount upon you providing your own cup.
Invest in Quality
Treat yourself. You may not need reminding to do so, but good quality items will last a lot longer than cheaper, poorly-made counterparts and are well worth the investment when it comes to both style and the environment.
Upcycle old clothes. Haven’t you heard? Vintage is well and truly in, and one of the best ways you can be mindful of the environment and wear inspired, unique creations is by upcycling the clothes yourself.
Keep on top of your work and social affairs via a digital calendar. With the wealth of technology available at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to keep physical calendars.
Most big publications are now available in digital format, so opt for a tablet version to decrease paper waste.
Ditch the Dryer
Ditch the dryer. If you’re paying to heat your home, make the most of that heat and hang clothes out to dry; chances are you have other garments you can wear in the meantime!
Fans circulate whatever air they are exposed to, and if the house is heated, this is a great way to spread warm air.
Take a Break from Consumerism
Take a break from consumerism. Today’s consistent and ever-increasing demand for ‘stuff’ is exhausting, and completely and utterly unnecessary. Cut fast fashion, and try to fix or upcycle old clothes instead of writing them off completely. Your bank balance will appreciate this avoidance of the high street, and you’ll be surprised at how little you miss those ‘essential’ buys.