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How to live a more sustainable life

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Everyday we see people trying to make a difference in the world with eco-friendly initiatives and zero waste campaigns. But that doesn’t give us an excuse to sit back and assume they’ve got it all under control.

To contribute positive change to our planet, it’s up to us as individuals to change our daily habits. Living without waste not only benefits the earth, but supports our physical and mental health in many ways.
All it takes is the desire to make a change, along with actionable steps to do so.
Check out these 16 suggestions to help you get started with the no waste lifestyle;

1. It’s time to break up with your stuff
A survey by the Australian Institute for a Just, Sustainable and Peaceful Future has found 88 per cent of Australian homes have at least one cluttered room, and the average home has three or more cluttered rooms.
De-cluttering not only gives you more space, but it also clears your mind so you can focus on what really matters in your life. The easiest place to start? Your closet. A minimalist wardrobe will help make room for what’s important in your life.

2. Make your own cleaning products
It’s no secret that chemical cleaning products are linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. Switching to natural, homemade cleaning products not only saves you money, but your family’s health too. You’ll find most ingredients to make natural cleaning products are already in your cupboard.

3. Stick a ‘no advertising’ label on your letterbox
It’s called junk mail for a reason. Not only are advertising brochures adding to our rubbish pile, but they’re encouraging us to buy more ‘stuff’ we don’t need

4. Fix broken things before throwing them out
You would be surprised at what you can find on YouTube when it comes to fixing things. So before jumping to conclusions and tossing something out, get your creativity buzzing and look up a DIY video on YouTube. You might just become your own handyman.

5. Exchange books with your friends or go digital
Start a book swap with your friends. It’s a great way to read much loved books and expand your reading interests. Otherwise purchase from a second-hand bookshop or download your books digitally. Not only will you save paper, but it’s half the price of a hardback copy and you can keep it on your digital device wherever you go.

6. Sustainable lunches
Stay healthy and save money by making your own lunch. Opt for a reusable container or natural piece of fabric to wrap your lunch in.

7. Limit prints
After typing something up, why not try fitting it to one less page than it already is? Condense the font, increase your margins and don’t waste unnecessary printing. Recycle paper and use double sided printing.

8. Replace your post-its with visual ones
Going online is an efficient way to file your life and work stuff with ease. Chrome extensions such as Sticky Note or applications like Evernote are easy to use. The best part? You can keep your to-do list with you wherever you go and sync it to all of your devices.

9. Bring your own coffee cup
Each year over 20 million trees are cut down to make paper cups. The sad thing is, how hard is it really to purchase a reusable cup or bring your own mug?

10. Adopt a composter
Whether you’re living in a house or apartment, you can still use a compost bin.
11. Say goodbye to plastic containers, cling wrap and aluminum foil
Plastic containers and cling wrap are not only adding to more landfill, but are lined with chemicals that are harmful to the body. Purchase eco-friendly lunchboxes and glass containers instead.

12. Bring your own bags
Australians use enough plastic bags per year that if these were tied together they would stretch around the world 24 times. Grab yourself a sustainable canvas bag which you can alternatively use as a handbag or keep in your regular handbag for unexpected grocery shops.

13. Refuse paper towels in restaurants
According to a recent study by Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, paper towels generate 70% more carbon emissions than the newest technology on the market. Opt for a fabric serviette and use the hand-dryer in the bathroom.

14. Bring a container with you and do your own doggie bag
If you’re the type to never say no to leftover meals in a restaurant, be sure to bring your own container and skip out on the plastic.

15. Switch for durable alternatives
Instead of using cotton pads to remove make-up, opt for a reusable cloth. Swap out your plastic toothbrush for one made out of bamboo. Store your homemade beauty products in reusable jars.

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