And leave their big stompy footprints all over the environment for following generations.
So I'm going to start listing the little things I do to try and reduce my family's impact on the environment to show people how simple it is.
- Buy energy saving light bulbs. They're a little more expensive but they last ages and your power bills will be smaller.
- Replace something disposable with something reusable. Use handkerchiefs, cloth nappies, cloth pads or Diva cups.
- Try and buy recycled. I have no idea why people insist on having luxury toilet paper. You are wiping POO on it! If you're that sensitive see #2 (point two, not secret code for poo) and make some reusable botty wipes.
- Walk instead of driving. It's refreshing to go for a walk. Stop being in such a rush and go meandering with your kids.
- Nothing on TV - turn it off! Read a book, bake a cake or paint your toenails.
- Try not to leave appliances on "stand by". Switch them off at the wall and save yourself money.
- Never run a washing machine or dishwasher until it's full. Or better still - wash dishes by hand once a day and buy a front loader washing machine with a good water rating.
- Use an environmentally friendly laundry powder, and then use a grey-water hose to run the water onto your garden bed or lawn.
- Invest in some super glue, a sewing kit, elastic bands and string. And next time something breaks, try fixing it before binning it.
- Try and choose items from the supermarket with reduced packaging. I know the rice cakes we buy are only inside one packet whereas others have a packet inside the packet which is just wasteful in my opinion.
Some links with info about the suggestions I have made:
Cloth Pad Shop.
Information about cloth (reusable) menstrual pads and shops to buy them from.
One Less Disposable.
A blog about how using just one cloth nappy a day can help.
Environmental news and information.