6 easy – and affordable – ways to go green
You already recycle your plastic bottles, you bring your own canvas bags to the supermarket, and you take the train to work instead of the car. Yes, you’ve successfully made small changes in your life to make it a little more ‘green’.
Want to lessen your ecological footprint even more? Here are six low – or no – cost ways to help our planet, while also making your lifestyle that little bit healthier…
6 EASY WAYS TO GO GREEN
#1. Purchase a reusable coffee cup
Can’t officially start your day until you’ve had a barista-brewed cup of coffee? We hear you. However, we suggest you ditch the wasteful daily takeaway coffee cups in favour of your own reusable one. Cute and quirky variations are available at most supermarkets and homeware stores, and most cafes will happily fill your cup with your requested brew knowing you’re not only saving the environment, but the café money, too.
#2. Opt for e-statements
There’s really no need to receive your bank statements and bills in the post anymore. In fact, if all of us switched to electronic statements, we’d save a lot of trees and a lot of waste.
#3. Buy local organic produce
You know those fruit and vegetables sitting in the supermarket? They’ve travelled a long way to get there, burning a lot of fuel in the process. Cut down the time – and distance – it takes your food to travel from farm to table by supporting local farmers or farmers markets. You’ll find yourself eating fresher – and possibly more nutritious – tucker as well as helping the planet.
#4. Limit your newspaper and magazine subscriptions
Physically holding what you’re reading is lovely, but getting your daily news and lifestyle updates online is a lot better for the environment. However, if you simply can’t resist a glossy monthly magazine, try sharing your purchases with your friends and encourage them to do the same.
#5. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
This is an oldie, but how many of you actually brush your teeth with the water running? It’s a naughty habit and one you need to put a stop to immediately. We live in a country prone to drought (did you know Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth?), so it’s in our best interested to always be conservative with our water use.
#6. Buy naturally derived skin care products
This won’t just benefit the environment – it’ll help your complexion, too. We recommend the entire Neutrogena Naturals range for an easy and affordable natural solution, but if you’re wanting to make the move to eco-friendly products slowly, give this product a whirl first: Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturiser. It contains 98 per cent naturally derived ingredients and its packaging is made of 100 per cent recycled paper and post-consumer recycled plastic. Better yet, Neutrogena is working together with LandCare to help conserve, rehabilitate and better manage Australia’s waterways so that this precious resource remains protected for years to come.
Do you live a ‘green’ lifestyle? Will you be adopting any of these simple tips? Do you currently use natural skin care products?