We were recently invited to share Spare Harvest in a blog on the My Deal website.  Julia crafted a great article and we wanted to share it with you.  Here is the link to the original blog post – https://www.mydeal.com.au/blog/post/4-eco-friendly-habits

Our environment is our responsibility and failing to take care of it is putting your children’s future at risk. It’s time to take matters into your own hands and teach your kids good environmental habits while you’re at it. Here’s 4 things you can do to make a personal impact on a global issue.

1. Recycle is your new mantra

Just because your kids are likely to grow out of most things you buy for them doesn’t mean you get a free pass to throw it all away. First of all, make sure to invest in quality items like MyDeal nursery furniture that will last you through the raising of more than one child. Second, consider long term use before buying essential kids items. Purchasing an extendable kids bed will mean it can grow with them instead of becoming obsolete within a few years. Last, make an effort to donate or sell items you no longer need or look for furniture recycling companies rather than adding to the ever increasing landfill.

2. Stop food waste in its tracks

Even though food waste is broken down relatively quickly it still poses major environmental risks. Helen Andrew from Spare Harvest explains further:

“Your trash is another person’s treasure, and we can use an app like Spare Harvest to connect and share what we no longer need. When organic waste is sent to landfill, it produces methane gas which is 20x more toxic than carbon dioxide. Simply throwing away food and green waste is worse than driving your car to our environment. So by sharing what you no longer need in your kitchen and garden with someone in your community, you are doing your little bit to help to combat climate change.”
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3. Look for sustainable products

So many products we use everyday have environmentally friendly alternatives if you know where to look. Kim Good from Import Ants shares how small changes can make a big impact:

“It can be daunting when we think about how to combat climate change however many everyday items have more environmentally friendly options that are easy to make part of your life. The nylon kitchen scourer is one such item. These are made from plastic, take many years to breakdown and contribute to microplastic fibres in our waterways. Swap this for a natural coconut fibre scrubber, such as the Eco Max Kitchen Scrubber. It lasts longer, from 4-6 months in the kitchen, is naturally antibacterial, Fair trade and best of all biodegradable, so will breakdown in your compost bin.”
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4. Rid the world of disposable plastics

Donna Roberts from Onya Life explains the importance of reducing our single-use plastics and offers an alternative.

“Plastics are made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas, which release toxic emissions when extracted from the earth. Drilling puts pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, benzene, ozone and others into the air. Methane gas can leak during production, which causes even worse greenhouse effects than carbon dioxide. Single use plastics are one of the main culprits to plastic pollution and reusable produce bags are an easy replacement for single use plastic fruit and vegetable bags you find in the supermarket. With many people trying to attain a closer to zero waste lifestyle, reusable produce bags allow you to do your weekly produce shopping without the need for plastic waste from single use plastic produce bags.”
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All you need to make an impact on the environment is the right advice and the will to change. We’ve sorted out the advice so all that’s left is the motivation.

Julia Hammond   04/10/2017mydeal logo