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Green Resolutions

Start recycling at home and at work

We’ve put together over 30 easy actions that you can take to reduce your carbon footrpint. For an easy to print out list to stick on your fridge and tick off as you go, click here.

  • Walk or cycle to work – and have a more active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Eat organic food  – it is not only better for the environment but also healthier for your body.
  • Buy locally produced food and goods – it will reduce your carbon footprint and support local businesses – much needed here in SA.
  • Use less electricity – this will save you money on your monthly electricity bills and may even result in more star gazing and romantic candle lit evenings.
  • Buy less stuff. Giving you more time to take a walk up the mountain instead of spending hours in an artificially lit shopping mall.
  • Give your old clothes to charity instead of throwing them away. They will be reused by someone who needs them and not end up taking space in a landfill.
  • Grow herbs and veggies in your garden as a relaxing hobby and reduce the amount of plastic & packaging you use.
  • Ensure buildings are well insulated -keep rooms warm in winter and cool in summer. Put insulation in the roof and seal around doors and windows.
  • Use natural ventilation in summer to keep cool instead of energy guzzling air conditioners.
  • Use reverse side of used office paper or print double-sided, cutting your paper usage in half.
  • Last one out, switch off lights.
  • Reuse grey water wherever possible – catch cold water in the shower to flush the toilet with, catch excess water for washing vegetables in the sink for watering the garden.
  • Fit low-flow showerheads in the shower.
  • Fit aerators to taps in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Spice it up with lemon slices and mint.
  • Buy local goods – always check the label – to reduce emissions from transport.
  • Cook and keep meals warm with a Wonderbag (and the added benefit that you will never burn your food again).
  • Recycle tins, paper, plastic and glass.
  • Start a compost bin in your garden. You will be surprised at how much organic waste goes into the bin, when it could be used as food for your plants.
  • Switch off or unplug electronic goods when not in use.
  • Carpool. Sharing lifts is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and is cheaper too.
  • Wash full loads of laundry.
  • Fill and boil kettle with only the amount of water needed.
  • Dry clothes in the sun instead of using a tuble dryer.
  • Ask for electronic statements over paper ones.
  • Choose products with little or no packaging.
  • Buy produce that is in season.
  • Insulate the geyser and pipes. Geyser blankets and inexpensive and easy to put on.
  • Make the most of natural light.
  • Choose rechargeable batteries and be sure to recyle all old batteries.
  • Drive smoothly – avoid sudden acceleration and deceleration.
  • Keep car tyres at correct pressure.

If you have any tips or ideas to add to our list, feel free to leave a comment below.

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