I'm Going Green, It's in the works, and we're getting there as a family, teaching yourself and your kids new greener habits - ain't easy. Hereby a few tips of what I've been doing lately.
What's happening in our home :
- We've been splitting all the plastics, bottles and paper.
- Re-use paper and print at the back. Re-use all old newspapers as packaging material, instead of bubble wrap.
- Got the kids to make paper mache baskets to put their little trinkets in. My daughters came out quite nice.
- Have a bottle cutting machine, re-using and cutting all the disposable bottles and making them into glasses/vases as Christmas gifts for the end of the year.
- Changed all the light bulbs in our home to energy saving, this decreases your electricity bill at month end.
- We switch off our geyser during the day, this again has an impact on our electricity bill at month end.
- We are going paperless, all magazines/books purchased are done online. This can be read on our tabs.
- I bought each child one good water bottle, that's the one they use until its unusable. It's also biodegradable.
- I've got hubby to sort out our bathroom. All faucets are low flow. This means a saving on water. We did this with our loo as well. Works wonders and saves on our water bill.
- One other idea I do is when I do have to travel, collecting kids, doing the errands - make it one trip. With me before I collect the kids at school or daycare I do the shopping, then collect the kids and go home. Saves time, energy and help with all those gas emissions. Only one trip and saves petrol.
- At the back yard I've planted me a herb garden. I'm seeing how this will be going and then will start with the veggies. I have to say I don't have the greenest fingers, so this is an entire new venture. It is quite nice to see your little herbs growing.
- Clear the kids cupboards, what they don't wear give to charity.
- Foodwise - go green, on my little errands before I collect the kids I stop at the farmers market and buy our veggies, milk and bread. Most of the time the markets are cheaper than the supermarkets, saves time and money. Always a good thing.