Do you want to have a smaller carbon footprint and reduce potentially harmful products in your home?
There are loads of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Buying less is the biggest and easiest. Mass production tends to create pollution and often the people who are working in those places to make cheap products have terrible working conditions. Our consumption patterns can have a positive influence if we are aware of where our money goes and where the products we want have come from.
Introduction to Green Living
These sections will have information added. Some of these hints will help you reduce buying things you don’t really need, or if you do, consider more strongly where that item came from and how long it will last. While some options for green living can be expensive, there are lots of ways to reduce your carbon footprint without spending extra cash.
Changing our habits and behaviours can bring benefits such as reducing waste and eating better food. It doesn’t take long to remember to take your shopping bags with you or to rinse your reusable mug after you’ve used it. And even these simple actions will reduce your personal rubbish creation. Once the plastic-free bug hits, you will find lots of ways to feel good about creating less pollution.
In the Home
Buying anything at all uses resources. What you buy, how much and where it is sourced will affect how many resources you use and the people who produced those items. Food can travel here from Europe or we can try and support local producers. If we can choose a product that lasts a long time, instead of something that needs replacing regularly, we have reduced the need for more to be made. It’s pretty simple really.
Growing your own food or buying from local suppliers stimulates the local economy and reduces the food miles needed to get from paddock to plate. We can help support healthier food growing systems if we choose to buy local where we can. Urban farms and backyard growers are starting to pop up more often and food sharing is getting more popular.
Indoor Air Quality and Potentially Harmful Chemicals in the Home
If you have lots of cleaning products, aerosols and insecticides in your home you maybe exposing yourself to potentially harmful chemicals. Certain plastics in contact with foods are proven to leach minute amounts of harmful chemicals into our food. Even though they are small amounts there is mounting evidence of endocrine disruption in many animals, including humans.
Reducing use of single-use plastics.
Plastic water bottles, shopping bags, take-away cups and straws are the four biggest causes of single use plastic. Simply getting a reusable cup or sitting in with your hot drink can reduce your plastic use dramatically. Reusable shopping bags can be used hundreds of times and even small grocery bags made from mesh will last for many dozens of refills. Taking containers to refill is quite possible at many shops too.
Many places have public water refill stations so folks don’t need a plastic bottle. There are some excellent water bottles around these days.
Other – White goods, Clothes and Cosmetics.
Every item comes from somewhere, using resources from the ground or forests or the sea and transformed using, in most cases, fossil fuels. Being informed about white goods, cosmetics and clothes may help people decide to go for the less environmentally damaging options as well as more ethical choices where possible.
I will be doing home visits to help people on their sustainability journey by providing information on various aspects of household consumption, tailored to their home. This will include exploring options for reducing energy and water use, improving knowledge about the community benefits of buying locally and how to identify ways to include some food plants or native habitat in the garden.
Contact me via email for information.
Available workshops/Speaking engagements
Available to talk about IPM, beneficial insects, sustainable living, waste reduction and a variety of other horticultural and environmental subjects.