5 TIps to be More Eco-Friendly

We all strive to be the best we can be. So why shouldn't we constantly evaluate our daily actions and analyze how they affect our surrounding environment? Here are 5 tips to make you rethink how you're doing things, and bring you closer to being the best ecoconscious self you can be! Remember, it's better to be imperfectly sustainable than to make no changes at all.

1. Ditch the straw and plastic utensils:

Bring your own cutlery and glass/metal straw set when ordering fast food. Keep a clean set in your car or purse/backpack, so that you're ready no matter what. Speaking of straws, there's one thing we all love and thats boba tea. But where can I find a reusable straw that works for boba pearls? We've got you: check out Fin Pin Shop and their boba reusable straws. They even have engraved little sharks on them!

When ordering take-out: Whether calling in or ordering online, let the restaurant know you don't need plastic cutlery.

2. Wash those recylables:

Photo: City of Kwinana

You might think just because that food container with number surrounded by the recycling symbol is present means you can put it straight into your recyling bin. However, food or oily contaminated recyclables can sometimes ruin a whole batch of

items sent for recycling. To avoid this, rinse and dry the things you are wishing to recycle (not forgetting to follow tip #3). NOTE: pizza cardboard can't be recycled due to the oily residue that seeped into it.

3. Turn the water off when not in use:

Photo © Michael Dorman

This is something I think EVERYONE could use a reminder on. Whether you're washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or shaving, save some water by turning it on only when you need it. If shaving, try using a cup filled with water to rinse your razor in between shaving strokes.