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Published January 22nd 2016
Become a little more environmentally conscious today
There are very simple ways in which you can lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, without going anywhere or spending big dollars on particular "green" products.
With an abundance of greenery and native fauna; it is no wonder Adelaide has been rated as one of the best cities to live in, so lets keep it this way, by making small changes everyday.
Here are ten things you can do to show your love for this planet:
1.Walk or cycle. We are lucky in Adelaide to have a huge amount of bike and pedestrian friendly streets. Leave the house a bit earlier and commute to work or school this way, if either of these are simply too far, you can also walk or ride a bicycle for leisure and fun, instead of watching the television for hours or being indoors with the lights on.
Give items a second chance by purchasing your clothes, toys, furniture and cookware, at second hand stores only. Adelaide hosts a great variety of secondhand stores, where purchases usually contribute to charities. Your bank account and this planet will thank you for it!
3.Plant a tree, or a hundred. Trees for life is always in need for volunteer growers. Sign up with them and give a little of your time to start the seedlings of what will one day become a huge air filter and home for local fauna. Click here to visit Trees for Life
4.Go soap nuts! Yes, literally, swap your clothes detergent for soap nuts. What are soap nuts? Soap nuts are actually a certain kind of berry which has been dried, so it looks like a nut. They grow in India, Nepal and some parts of Texas. The magic happens when they are immersed in hot or warm water Soap nuts contain saponin, a naturally occurring "soap", they are 100% biodegradable, fragrance free, you can reuse them a few times and are reasonably priced. You can purchase soap nuts from "Goodies and Grains" in Adelaide's Central Market or you can also visit your local health food store and ask for this eco alternative.
5.Visit your local library. One item can be borrowed by thousands of people, if all these people were to buy that one item, imagine the carbon footprint it would create! Now imagine that with a few books, magazines, movies, newspapers, children's toys, etc. All suburban and most regional areas in South Australia are blessed with a local library, you can borrow hundreds of items, use a communal space and save a lot of money too.
Libraries are also a great way to keep up with your local community, reading notice boards and actively participating in common goals to improve your suburb.
6.Beefriend. Bees play a huge role in pollinating most of the foods we eat. Show some love for these buzzing creatures - you can do this by growing lots of flowers in your outdoor areas, educate children about the importance of bees and how to treat them with respect (bees only sting if they feel threatened, so there is no need to freak out and start flapping around).
If you really want to help bees, you can make or buy them a house! You can go all out there and become a beekeeper, browse for D.I.Y bee hotel tutorials or purchase a hand made one from "The Honey and Soap Shoppe" in Adelaide's Central Market.
A lot of people are now growing their own fruits, vegetables and keeping their own chickens, so what is stopping you? If you are time poor or you are completely new to gardening, you can simply "regrow" store bought foods. Spring onions, bok chop, celery, onions, potatoes, lettuces, ginger, pineapple, and the list goes on and on of things you can regrow from what would normally be considered food scraps. Most of these things only require a plastic container and water, so you get a few uses out of your veggies, without having to tend a proper veggie patch.
8.Keep those containers.
When I was little, I used to make fun of mom and grandma for recycling just about any kind of packaging. Now I understand the importance and necessity to do this. You can avoid wrappers, boxes and plastic containers as much as you can, but somehow these items always manage to creep into your cupboards.
With little energy and creativity, you can repurpose these items by wrapping gifts, making storage boxes, saving it for kids crafts and D.I.Y toys, to store foods, use for camping or lunch boxes, organise the shed or even store your homemade sauces and cleaning and beauty products!
9.Buy foods in bulk.
This goes hand in hand with number 8; if you recycle a whole lot of containers, you can then take them to your local bulk food store and buy the exact amount of a product you need. This reduces your food wastage and landfill, as you are not disposing of a whole new set of packaging or buying quantities that will go off before you consume them.
Some bulk food stores in Adelaide include The Honey and Soap Shoppe, Suntralis, Bulk Foods in Glenelg and Gaganis. If you know of any others please pop the name in the comment box below.
Suntralis in Adelaide's South.
10.Make your own cleaning and beauty products.
There is nothing like a sparkly clean home, but at what cost? Using unknown chemicals and synthetic substances everyday is taking a toll on our health, creating all sorts of skin conditions, allergies and long term deadly effects.
Consult the green section in your library or talk to your grandma (seriously, these women know it all), get some recipes and have fun making your own clothes detergent, shampoo, air freshener, glass cleaner, deodorant, etc.
The whole family can get involved in the making, mixing and packaging (see number 8), and you will know exactly what you are using is natural and homemade.
I hope these simple ideas are useful to you and your loved ones, most of them are fun to do and will also save you money. If you have children it will give them a little insight into where everyday consumables come from or how things are made. If you have any other ideas, names of eco friendly stores or cool D.I.Y's , please pop them in the comment box below.