The average Australian produces an estimated 1.5 tonnes of waste in a year and has been ranked in the top five waste producing nations per person. Until recently I never really thought about what happens to my rubbish after it is collected, but now I am thinking about it! What can we do? How can we reduce the plastic we bring into our homes? How can we help the environment, land, water, animals and fish?

In my search for a healthier home I came across this inspiring lady, Bea Johnson. When I first came across Bea I thought, “how can you have zero waste? This sounds impossible”. I watched a short video on her website zerowastehome.com and started to get excited about small changes I could implement around my home to make a positive difference and reduce my waste and ultimately my family’s environmental footprint on the earth.

Beas’ five steps to follow in order will help reduce our environmental footprint, reduce the clutter in our homes and reduce harmful/toxic chemical exposure. It will simplify our life, giving us more time to enjoy the things that are important to us. What’s not to love about that!

  1. Refuse what you do not need
  2. Reduce what we do need
  3. Reuse swap out anything disposable for reusable, household items and clothing
  4. Recycle only what you cant refuse, reduce or reuse
  5. Rot and compost the rest

 

Recipe:

Household Cleaner, this cleaner is great for kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, floors, walls and the laundry as a pre-wash stain remover. That means one product can replace at least 6 cleaning products that are potentially full of toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by our bodies through our skin and nose.

Ingredients:

1.5 litres water (1 cup boiled)

300mls white vinegar

60mls dishwashing liquid

25mls Eucalyptus Oil

3 dessertspoons washing soda

 

Method:

Mix washing soda with 1 cup boiling water and stir till dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and pour into a 2 litre bottle. Shake bottle a couple of times to mix.

Decant into spray bottle. Ready to use!

The great thing about this; all these ingredients are available at the supermarket!

 

ACTION TIP:

  1. Take your own bags to the shops
  2. Use cloth fruit & vegie bags
  3. Buy in bulk
  4. Use Enjo or microfiber cloths for cleaning
  5. Start reading all the ingredients in what you buy
  6. Make your own products i.e. household cleaner
  7. Separate rubbish mindfully

Together we can make a difference!

By Delleen Reynolds @deesfarm on instagram

References:

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/trash-selfie/

http://www.livingsmartqld.com.au/modules/waste/Australian-Waste-Stats