A few years back I went through a stage of being very green. You know, chemical free cleaning products, natural shampoo and conditioners, I’d wash my windows with cold water and newspaper and the weed killer had to be organic!
However as life got busier and my priorities changed, my clean green attitude went down the plug hole and I began buying cleaning products that were advertised on TV. My cleaning cupboard accumulated many unhealthy products and my Enjo cloths, which can clean your whole house with water, stayed in my hot-water cupboard accumulating dust!
As I look at what’s happening to our planet at the moment, I often think the problem is too big what could I do? Imagine if everyone thought this way!
So my intention is, to look after the health of my family, the community, our beautiful planet and myself.
Below are a few ideas that will help our planet to blossom. If you have ideas, recipes, organizations or resources that can help to make people and the planet healthier please do share…
The more you understand what is good for our planet, the easier it is to make informed choices. Check out www.good.net.nz they have a load of resources and info that is insanely interesting and great for the planet and you!
Check out http://www.environmentalchoice.org.nz/ Their goal is to improve the quality of the environment by encouraging more sustainable processes through e.g. the design, production, marketing, & use of products, which have a reduced environmental impact during their entire life cycle.
Our ancestors didn’t have Handy Andy Window cleaner or Easy Off Bam! They used natural ingredients like Baking Soda and Vinegar to clean their homes. If you don’t have the time to make up your own concoctions, next Generation have a brilliant range of household cleaning products, that are friendly for the environment and will have your home shining in no time!
Most of us have a recycle bin that is collected each week, however are you really recycling everything that you can? How much paper do you throw in the bin? What about food scrapes that could feed the birds or create a wonderful compost for your vegetables.
Keep your food-scrap container and your recycling bins where you can easily access them, so it’s not a hindrance to use them.
Switch it off
Do you really need all those lights on? Create a beautiful ambience, by switching the telly off and using candles. Before you head to bed, turn everything off on standby – I got that from the energy saving ad, which has really useful tips to reduce the amount of electricity we use.
Track your travelling
How often are you using your car each week? Get organized and use your car less frequently. It will be kind to your wallet and our world. Ask friends, neighbours and work colleagues whether they’d like to travel together.
Walk when you can, you don’t have to have the parking spot closest to the supermarket. You’ll save fuel and get more exercise. If possible ride a bike this is becoming a huge trend.
You can find many books in your local library or bookstores that offer natural homemade remedies for everything from dandruff to travel sickness. Self Sufficiency: Natural Remedies by Melissa Corkhill offers a wide range of holistic remedies for women, children and babies. Bicarbonate of Soda Expert Advice by Diane Sutherland, Jon Sutherland, Liz Keevil & Kevin Eyres sounds fabulous, I’m just about to try this one out!
Join Green Peace, Moving Planet or other organisations that are making a positive difference to our planet. There are regular events that take place, where you can support causes and you’ll get to know other like-minded people. Check out http://www.moving-planet.org/ they have an upcoming event this Saturday!
Check what you’re buying
Fairtrade is a global organization working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. Too many people work in unsatisfactory conditions throughout the world and without knowing it, we can be supporting this injustice by what we buy. Check out www.fairtrade.net to learn where you can buy fairtrade products.
Good magazine has a fantastic article about Slow Style vs Fast Fashion and how cheap clothes are creating fashion victims of more than one kind. It makes for an interesting read.
Keep it Clean
Every year New Zealand has a Clean Up NZ week; realistically it would be great to have Clean Up NZ everyday. Make sure you pick up litter if you see it and teach our youngsters to look after our planet too.
Support the locals
One thing I remember as a child is eating huge watermelon from our family garden. They were absolutely delicious! Making your own veggie garden or buying fruit and vegies from the locals, is a great way to support the community and usually the food is spray free and much more nutritional.
If everyone made a few changes, the world would be a better place.
I feel like I’m a newbie at this, so if you have ways we can look after our planet better, please add these below. The more we know, the more we can do.