Modern and desperate times call for modern and desperate measures. As it is the twenty-first century, people should make lifestyle and habit changes to become more green for the planet’s sake. We encourage all South African families to work together by recycling; saving water and electricity, and also using environmentally friendly products to not only have a positive impact on their environment but also in their pockets.
Here is how to save some extra cash while becoming a green family:
It is the best choice when it comes to waste management. This is basically when you minimise and try to prevent waste. By using cloth napkins instead of paper serviettes for example. You’ll also save a few bucks by washing your napkins instead of buying new ones all the time.
This involves using a product/item again and again rather than buying a new product (and spending money). It avoids the creation of excess waste. Make use of reusable (glass) containers for example.
Why not amp up your family’s greenness by recycling? Items such as metal (cool drink, beer, aerosol and paint cans), glass, paper as well as plastic can be recycled in South Africa. Take your recyclable items to local drop-off points and buy-back centres (treevolution). It may not look like much at first, but little drops fill up the bucket in the end.
Save money on electricity and water
From an early age South Africans are taught to use electricity and water sparingly. Keep these tips in mind:
o Do not keep the refrigerator door open for too long.
o Be aware of energy-hungry appliances like the oven and dishwasher.
o Solar geysers are better than conventional geysers.
o Turn off all power outlets when not in use.
o Use low-energy light bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) that use up to 80% less electricity than standard bulbs.
o Do not waste water and don’t let the faucet drip.
o Shower instead of taking a bath.
o Use greywater for the garden.
There are endless ways to save energy and costs, visit HOMEMAKERS Online for more energy saving options.
Green is in
When it comes to household products, it can be quite expensive. There are homemade remedies and products that one can use, as it is ‘gentle’ on the environment. Think of affordable alternatives like bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, lemon and toothpaste. Also, see a complete list provided by Eartheasy.com. You can also visit EcoZyme or Wellness Warehouse that sells eco-friendly products in South Africa.
Nothing better than a vegetable garden
You don’t need a huge garden to plant your own vegetables. Create a nice innovative space for your vegetable garden. You can use old containers or boxes even. Just start, the family will enjoy it and make it a priority to maintain the garden. Make it a fun project for young and old family members. It will save everybody a few shopping trips during the week and some cash for their pockets.
Green is the new family trend, so get with it and join the green train. We encourage everyone to play their part in helping the environment. This will not only set off a ripple effect for others to do the same, but it is also a nice initiative to see how much money a family or individual can save by going green.