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Eco-friendly me

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I have always been relatively eco-friendly for as long as I can remember. In India, that amounted to not littering on the street like almost every other being around me. On coming to Australia, it meant recycling a lot more and reusing things like containers or bottles and well, not wasting things.

However, through my adventures in hiking and camping and well, basically becoming one with nature, my love for our planet and concern about it has increased. I haven’t become so extreme as to take to the streets and curse all the non-environmentalists but I figured I could in my own small way, make some changes. Plus when we go camping, we make use of the bare minimum and get along just fine! These are just some things my housemate Z and I do to be eco-friendly in our unit:

  1. Layering up or down: We don’t have a heater or an air-conditioner in my unit. Consequently, in freezing winters {like right now!}, Z and I layer up in our pyjamas, thermals, ugg boots and the most important layer of all — the dressing gown! Yes, when we are home, we sit in our dressing gowns to keep warm. And it works a charm and saves us those nasty electric bills as well. If we weren’t in apartment, we would probably consider checking out Australian Solar Quotes, and finding a good solar panel installer to continue keeping those bills down.  In summer, we do the opposite and wear minimal clothes. We are fortunate that my unit is actually cooler inside.
  2. Hanging it out to dry: When I bought my place, it came with a clothes dryer. But I am aware of how unfriendly a dryer can be for the environment. Majority of the time after washing the clothes, Z and I hang the washing on the line. We only use the dryer in emergencies {read: no gym gear available for the next day for yours truly!} or if there are consecutive days of rain and storms.

  3. Growing your own plants: Ok…so this is something I constantly try. But continue to fail. One of the things I realised is that by buying herbs at the fruit and veg store, a lot tends to go to waste because I use it for maybe one or two meals. I have tried to therefore grow a lot of my herbs — basil, coriander, chilli, parsley, mint. But unfortunately, I continue to fail in keeping them alive. I think some day, I will succeed. Some day.

  4. Unplug: When we are not using any of the electrical products like laptops, kettles, toasters or CD player, we turn off the main power point or make sure that we unplug these appliances from their socket. Why keep the battery charging to no avail?

  5. Eco-friendly products: I must admit Z is probably a bit better at this than I am. While I do my best to use eco-friendly cleaning products, Z goes that extra mile to buy eco-friendly shampoos and soaps. In my defense, I have longer hair than she does and I prefer using a tried and tested shampoo that may not be as environmentally-friendly as what she uses!

What sorts of things do you do around your house that are eco-friendly?

Do share!!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Lee-Anne
    July 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I like your post because it’s about the most important thing we can think about in terms of an eco-viable future for our planet.

    My own attempts at vegies and herbs have been abysmal but we keep hens and haven’t bought eggs in 4 years.

    Still like heating but try to layer up and hold off before succumbing… 🙂
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  • Lee-Anne
    July 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I like your post because it’s about the most important thing we can think about in terms of an eco-viable future for our planet.

    My own attempts at vegies and herbs have been abysmal but we keep hens and haven’t bought eggs in 4 years.

    Still like heating but try to layer up and hold off before succumbing… 🙂
    Lee-Anne recently posted…*Clutching the baton*My Profile

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