Making Eco-Friendly Easy – Tips for Working Parents
Planet Earth is the one place us humans have to ourselves – and unfortunately we don’t always treat it the best! We’re taking strides to change that though. Making your life more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s not always the inconvenience of forgetting your reusable bags when you’re doing the groceries – it can be easy, and even the smallest of changes can help the planet out (it’s also a great way to teach your kids about the environment). Whilst we know it can be the last thing on your mind between work and getting the kids dinner and into bed – here are some tips to start putting small, but positive changes into action to make your lifestyle more eco friendly.
Get the Inspo!
If you’re anything like us, you spend a fair few nights on the couch scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest between TV shows – this is a great place to start your eco journey! There’s a whole community of users that post content specifically about making eco easier for you, (and it doesn’t hurt that they make it look super stylish). Seeing that cute mason jar storage solution, or a funky little pattern on some beeswax wrap is an excellent motivator. One of our fav’s is @eco_enlightened on Instagram, two local Sydneysiders committed to sharing how they make a difference through minimising their waste and shopping sustainably.
It Doesn’t Have to be Expensive
Buying fancy brand name containers, reusable cups and all that jazz can really put some pressure on the bank account – so we don’t really blame you if you haven’t quite gotten around to forking out the $40 bucks for a Frank Green coffee cup. However, we’re here to tell you that there is another way! You don’t have to spend money on saving the planet. If you have tupperware – you’ve got reusable containers. You have coffee at home in the morning? You have a reusable cup! For the record, those Kmart water bottles actually do keep your drink cold too. Basically, everyone has something already that could easily transfer to their ‘takeaway kit’, which is just a container, cup, bottle, and possibly some utensils that you carry with you, or leave at your desk, so that when you order out you aren’t using the single use materials that they provide. Now go forth my friends, and refuse plastic sporks!
Use it as a Teaching Tool
Not to get all dramatic with you, but the kiddos are our future – and it’d be nice if they had a livable planet to have that future on. We think it’s an awesome idea to teach the kids about the environmental basics when they’re young, and you’re their number 1 role model. Get the kids into the habit of using the recycling bin at home, (and if you haven’t already, look into a soft plastics bin, and a compost bin!) this is an easy step, and all it requires is some colour coordination, or a simple picture from Google that explains what can go in each bin. Another way to help out the environment comes down to your energy use – get the kids used to turning off lights and fans behind them. If they’re still too little to reach, make a point out of turning them off yourself when you’re with them. Any positive changes you make will hopefully stick with your bubs as the grow up.
Small Changes, Big Impact
After generations of convenience – it can seem overwhelming changing up your lifestyle all in one hit, but the smallest of things really do help! Remembering your reusable bag at the supermarket, implementing a new ‘bin system’ at home or at work, having a meat free dinner every so often, or using that coffee cup from home for your takeaway coffee mean that you’re doing your little bit. When you get the hang of it, you’ll want to make more changes – and it will become second nature to think of the most sustainable way to do things. But, in the meantime, the small changes you can fit into your busy lifestyle will do the trick.
So there you have it folks – some of our tips on getting into the habit of leading a more sustainable lifestyle. If you have any tips of your own, or even just want to share some eco-friendly accounts you know of, let us know!