7 STEPS TO MAKE IT A STRESS FREE ECO-FRIENDLY EASTER.

I know for some people Easter has crept upon them and you are thinking what am I going to do. You may be thinking that with such little time you may have to give in to commercialism and buy not so eco-friendly items. Now take a deep breath – help is at hand. I have gathered together a list of items that will help you have a lovely Easter, while still being eco-friendly, as well as putting you at ease. 1.Create your own tradition. Who said you have to follow what others do. Make it simple and make it about being with others. The true meaning of Easter has nothing to do with hoards of chocolate eggs. Even if you are not religious, it is about new beginnings. For the northern hemisphere that h

WHY EATING VEGETABLES MAKES A DIFFERENCE

I am always on the lookout for healthy meal recipes, especially vegetarian meals and when I see ones I like, I must write them down (or copy and paste). I know a lot more people are like me, concerned about the food they eat, wanting to know where it came from and how it was grown, but they are also eager to eat food that is nutritious and keeps them healthy. Adding to this, more people are mindful of what the effects of meat production has on the environment. Therefore, many are changing their diet to a more plant based diet. Not only is a vegetarian diet healthy for you, but it requires less energy, water and land to grow the plants, and less waste is produced particularly if they are gro

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 21

Simple Living Wow, you have made it! You have reached Day 21. Well done! Apologies for not getting these posts out everyday, but we hope you have found this advice on how to live your life eco-friendlier helpful. Now, we don’t expect you to have accomplished them all, but we do hope you have read the advice and it has made you think about how you can make some eco-friendly changes into your life. Over time if you keep attempting to follow these suggestions, you will find you will start being more aware and you will be living a greener life. Our final suggestion is to live simply. Only buy what you need and reuse where you can. By buying less and reducing what you use, it means the waste you

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 20

Drive Less, Walk More Tonight I am going to be short and sweet, as this is one you have to think about and plan. A simple and yet more effective ways to live eco-friendly is to either take public transportation for your daily commute or try car-pooling with your work colleagues to save fuel and reduce your carbon footprint. If work or school is not too far away, why not walk or ride a bicycle. All of these changes have great benefits for your well being – public transport takes away the stress of driving and gives you time to read or listen to music. Car-pooling can be a social aspect of your working day. Walking and cycling are great forms of exercise and get you out in the fresh air. Why n

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 19

Grow your own So, are you going to compost? If you are, you might like to put it to good use. Now this may be a bit daunting for some, but gardening doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. All you need are a few pots or a small garden bed, but if your game for more set up a veggie patch. Growing your own means you have fresh and healthy food on hand, while reducing your carbon footprint. If you grow organically, you are also reducing the impact of chemicals on the environment. Believe me there is a bit of work and planning involved, like figuring out where and what you want to grow, where to position the pots/garden, the co

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 18

Start composting Yes, start composting. This can be as simple as getting a small composter for the kitchen or setting up a compost pile in your backyard. Even if you don’t have any of these, you can collect your veg and fruit scraps and dig them into the garden. Make sure the scraps are covered with soil, to ensure they do not attract pests like rats and mice. Composting is a great way of recycling and it will reduce the amount of waste heading into your rubbish bin. When vegetables and fruit have wilted and can’t be used anymore, place them in a compost bin. If you don’t have a compost bin, use a bucket and place something on top, like a dinner plate to act as a cover, to keep smells at bay

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 17

Washing your Clothes 90% of the energy your washing machine uses is for heating hot water. By changing your setting on your washer to cold you will save energy, money and extend the life of your clothing. Although hot water can help in removing grease, it can also weaken fibres, fade colours, destroy elastic and contribute to shrinkage. With improved technology many detergents work just as well in cold water. So, give it a try and wash cold. If you are game for more: When shopping for laundry detergents, why not look for eco-friendly detergents. These detergents are phosphate free, most have no artificial colours or fragrances and the greywater by washing with these detergents can be used on

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 16

One person's rubbish is another's treasure If you are going through your clothes or the kids clothes don't make the waste dump your first stop. When you want to ditch old items even toys, kitchen utensils, tools, etc., first try to recycle. Bring them to your local op shop or better still, contact a charity like St Vinnies, Smith Family, etc. They will come and collect them from your home. And if you are in need of cash, why not sell them. Other people are always on the lookout for cheap, but good quality goods. Try eBay, Gumtree, Facebook.etc. If you are game for more: Now, I know a few people are a bit funny about using second hand clothes, but you really don’t know what you are missing. T

21 Days to a Greener You - Day 15

Avoid convenience food Like pre-packed fruit and veg, convenience foods are not great for your health and they are among the worst offenders for excessive packaging. Often, they come wrapped in plastic and packaged in plastic lined cardboard. If your serious about ditching plastic, you should avoid convenience food. The foods I am talking about here are things like your pre-made meals, chilled and frozen foods, pastas, noodles, soups, etc. Where possible buy items in glass, aluminium cans or containers that can be reused. Look for packaging that is 100% biodegradable (I do know this can be hard not so easy to find sometimes). If you are game for more: Look at buying your food in bulk. It mea