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 The Three R’s: Live more sustainably with some small lifestyle changes

23 July 2016

The Three R’s: Small changes towards sustainable living

My eldest is in preschool and the amount of information that kid soaks up! It is like she is a sponge. At the moment she is focused on recycling; about a month back, her preschool had an excursion to the local recycling facility and she still talks about it. She goes through the kitchen looking for the arrows on packaging “Look Mummy, this one can be recycled. I can’t find the arrows on this one – if in doubt chuck it out” she says.

She schools us on why something can and why others can’t be recycled, what happens to the machines when the wrong thing is put into the bins. It is all very interesting. Well, the first 3 times you hear it anyway – you know how it is with 4 year olds. She asked me a week or so back “what else can we do to help the world” so we have been working out and talking about how we can do more with the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and RECYCLE!

Small changes can have a big impact, so here are some ways that we are going to “help the world” as a family:

Reuse dishcloths to reduce waste

The sponges and old dishcloths we originally used would go funky really quickly and that meant we disposed of them regularly. We have started using reusable dish cloths, made with 100% cotton. Not only does the texture of them help with the cleaning up but they can also be thrown in the washing machine for the next round.

Hand-knitted reusable cotton dish cloths by Shazza’s Knits

These hand-knitted reusable cotton dish cloths by Shazza’s Knits will reduce waste in the kitchen

Reuse packaging and skip the plastic bags

As much as we can we like to now shop at the farmers’ markets. This is where we can return our egg carton to the free range egg man and get another dozen. We always take our reusable tote bags for our bounty of eggs, vegies and sometimes a sweet treat. Not only are we saving on plastic bags but we are also supporting local famers. Win / win!

Upcycled Tote from kayo retro

This upcycled tote bag by kayo retro is perfect for a sustainable (and stylish) trip to the farmer’s market

Grow your own herbs and veggies

We started a vegie garden as soon as we moved to the country; something that the whole family enjoys being involved in. Over the last few weeks we have also started up a specific herb garden. The kids LOVE it and we get to go out and taste all the plants and they guess what they are. So many recipes only need a sprig of this and a handful of that, and I was buying herb bunches and so much of it was going to waste. This way we can go out and get what we need and only what we need – and there’s no packaging waste either!

Upcycled Pallet Vertical Garden

This vertical garden planter from WoodsmanJoe will help you get your vegie or herb garden thriving and it is upcycled from reclaimed timber pallets – super sustainable!

Recycle food scraps

Approximately half of the waste we send to landfill can be safely composted at home using a worm farm or bokashi bucket . You’ll be saving loads of greenhouse gas emissions (always a good thing) and you’ll get back nutrients that you can use on your garden – think how much your vegie and herb garden will love you. Check with your local council as many of them run compost weekend classes and some even include a free worm farm to get you started.

What changes are you making for sustainability at your place?



Words by:
Made It Resident Blogger, Meredith
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  • BuildingBlessings

    Loved your article on "Reduce, reuse + recycle!"
    Our sons went to a school that focused on helping our environment & we learned HEAPS! Yay for your daughter's excitement & the positive impact that her contributions make to our world. Way to go! Blessings. Kerryn