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40 Steps to Greener Living - Part 1

by Jade Nichols (follow)
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This past year, I personally have undergone a spiritual shift as well as emotionally adjusting to being a new mother. Despite hearing gossip of losing your identity when you become a mum, I soon realised that did not have to be true, far from it. Being a mother has changed me for the better, and I feel I have become not only more loving and compassionate, but creative, passionate, and ever-changing. Something else that came along with this newfound deep compassion, was a desire to do my part to help the planet in this new era of consciousness. ‘What can I do?’ I started to question.

So I started to research, and I thought I would share some information on some simple changes we can all make to live a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.


1. Place a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your letterbox to stop the service of your junk mail.
2. Use absorbant tea towels and sponges instead of paper towels.
3. Plant at least 1 tree per year.
4. When printing, try to use both sides of the paper, and buy un-bleached, recycled paper.
5. Make sure all kinds of paper towels, toilet roll etc comes from recycled sources.
6. Ask your boss to buy recycled paper for your workplace.
7. Re-use wrapping paper as it is difficult to recycle.
8. Pay your bills online.
9. Stop paper bank statements.
10. Go cloth nappies.
11. Choose cardboard matches over lighters. Lighters are indisposable and cardboard matches are made from recycled paper rather than wood ones which come from trees.
12. Re-use glass containers.
13. Start collecting plants and flowers to have inside your house – especially native plants.


1. Re-use and refuse plastic wherever possible. Australians use 1.3 million tonnes of plastic per year, a lot of which is not recyclable. Also, carry around your own bag for groceries, and refuse plastic carrier bags at the shops.
2. Stop buying bottled water and use one BPA free water bottle.

3. Say no to plastic straws and plasticware in general, there are alternatives.
4. Stop chewing gum.
5. Buy laundry soaps in boxes, not bottles.
6. Look into the current issue about the toxicity of plastic toys for children, and try wooden alternatives whenever possible.

So get started and try integrating some of these simple suggestions into your life and routine, and feel good about yourself and your contribution to the world. And if you have any plastic or paper tips please share with our readers by leaving a message in the Comments Box. And stay tuned for Part 2!

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