Starting Your Eco Journey
Looking to become more eco-friendly, but unsure on where to begin? We admit, being a working Mum or a 9-fiver is tough. Making time to cook, look after yourself and also have a social life can be very demanding. However, it is vital that we take a step back and look at our everyday habits and what products we are introducing into our children's lives and what impact those products are having.
Did you know, over 90% of Australian consumers are concerned about environmental sustainability but aren't doing anything about it? At Thinc Eco we encourage you to live a more sustainable life using products that are easily accessible at the tip of your fingers.
We have collected 5 tips that we believe anyone can incorporate into their lives that are easily achievable and will help take your first steps in becoming more eco-friendly.
1. Thinc ahead
We both live very busy lifestyles so planning our week ahead on a Sunday afternoon is a must. We usually like to make a large batch of vegetables that we can use throughout the week, in a salad or frittata. Planning your meals ahead will reduce the plastic waste you may have usually bought from the grocery store when you're too hungry to think about anything else and will eat anything that is in front of you.
2. Go Plastic Free
Next time you set foot at the grocery store, we encourage you to take notice on what you are putting in your basket and how much plastic you are purchasing. Using reusable produce bags when buying your fruit and veg should be something you should try to implement every time you go to the grocery store. Buying food in bulk like legumes, pasta, and nuts from a wholefoods store will also help in reducing your plastic waste as you won't need to stock up every few days.
Next time you need to use your car, or if you're meeting a friend for a catch-up, try carpooling with them if you need to be at the same destination. Not only will it reduce the money you pay for petrol but it will reduce the number of cars on the road (meaning, less carbon emissions). You may find your trip will become a little more fun too!
4. Take a shorter shower
There really is nothing better than a hot shower in the winter, but if you reduce your time in the shower by 1 minute you will already ave nearly a thousand gallons of water every day. This will not only help our planet but your water bill too! A 5-minute shower is all we need.
5. Make your own products
This also ties in with number 2, as it will reduce the plastic you buy. We also recommend you try making your own products. We have a number of DIY recipes for things like; deodorant, toothpaste, mouth wash, washing detergent and many more. Making your own is not only a fun activity to do with the kids but also educational as you can explain the importance of why you are doing this!