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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability Secrets

By Rose Langbein

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Sustainability Secrets

Some Ideas on How to Use Less and Reduce Waste in Your Home

• Make your own household cleaner by mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda with 8 cups water in a spray bottle.

• Composting your food scraps is one of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill. If you can't compost at home, find a local program you can get involved with. I like to keep my compost in the freezer to minimise odour.

• Invest in a few reusable items that will help you be more sustainable when you are eating and drinking on the go (keep cup, waterbottle, lunchbox, cutlery, straw).

• Research brands before you buy, and try support local sustainable companies whenever you can.

• The more you can cook or craft at home from scratch, the less packaging you’ll be bringing into your house. Making yoghurt and cheeses is very easy, and you’ll never buy plastic boxes of sprouts and microgreens again once you know how easy it is to grow them on the windowsill.

• Remember to use your own carry bags to the supermarket so you don’t take single use bags—don’t forget smaller bags for fruit and vegetables.

• Support farming families in your community and build relationships with the people who grow your food by shopping at local farmers markets.

• Next time you declutter, don’t throw out household items that you no longer use. Give them another life and reduce waste doing into landfill by reselling them online, donating them to a charity shop, or local Facebook page.

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