Reducing means cutting down on the amount of waste we produce in the home, and the amount of energy we consume. In terms of reducing waste, think carefully when you pop out to do your weekly grocery shopping. Even though you might find a great sale – buy one get one free – think about whether you’ll actually use the free item, or whether it will simply end up as waste.
In terms of reducing energy, one of the best ways is to rethink your laundry habits. If your washing machine allows you to wash at a high temperature, and you tend to wash only half loads, then you could be wasting both energy and water. For instance, it takes much more energy to heat water to high temperatures than it does to medium setting, and most laundry detergents work just as well with or without heat.
Water reuse is a trend that’s growing in popularity because it’s so easy to do, and yet makes such a huge difference. Waste water from the sink, the bath, or that’s collected in the shower can be used for watering houseplants, garden plants, or your lawn. You could also look into harvesting rainwater, while soapy water from your bath is actually great for controlling bugs!
How about reusing packaging in your home, rather than buying new packaging each time you run out of a product? Breeze Liquid Detergent sachets are small pouches that are made from eco-friendly packaging with 78% less plastic than a standard laundry detergent bottle. Keep your old Breeze container and reuse it by pouring the detergent from the sachets into the bottle.
Did you know that it takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to create paper from raw materials? Saving energy is just one of the reasons why we should recycle. There are many ways we can recycle, including organizing our papers, plastic bottles, glass, and food cans and taking them to a local recycling center, or popping them in the recycling bins at the nearest shopping mall. Even empty plastic sachets are being recycled into bricks for houses by organizations in metro areas — just be sure to clean them first!
We can also get creative with our recycling, too! If you’ve got kids at home, old microwaveable plastic containers or biscuit canisters are great for making Easter baskets, empty liquid soap bottles can be crafted into dolls and other toys, and there’s no end of things you can whip up from an old tissue roll tube. You don’t need to have little ones to follow these recycling tips, either. How about turning old clothes into reusable cloths or cleaning rags for the kitchen?