There are several things one can do to make a move towards sustainable living, according to an expert in the space.
“For some, the move towards more sustainability in the home and eco-friendly everyday life choices may have appeared out of the blue,” said Christina Kjaergaard, commercial manager at Pure Planet Club.
“For others, the interest in going green has been a slowly emerging trend over the last few years, especially since the plastic bag bans across Australia.
“The best part is the trend is here to stay – and in fact, will now be the way of living in the long term for the greater good of our world, going beyond ‘trend status’.”
There are simple things you can do to be more sustainable in 2020, Ms Kjaergaard noted.
If you have a pool, for example, Ms Kjaergaard advised to use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes per day.
Making the switch to an eco-friendly, plastic-free and tree-free toilet paper will also ensure you boost your sustainable living, as will using a half-flush when possible.
“If you have a dual flush toilet, using the half flush button reduces your water usage, which helps to preserve the environment and save money on your water bill – over 15,000 litres of water can be saved annually!”
Time your showers and stick to four minutes, Ms Kjaergaard added.
“Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your whole body in four minutes. Set a timer, do it for a few weeks and soon you will be in the habit of efficient showering. Save water and energy used to heat the water,” she said.
Furthermore, Ms Kjaergaard advised people to be more conscious of their electricity usage.
“If you’re not using it, switch it off!” she said.
“It’s amazing how much of your household energy you can save when you’re consciously switching off.
“Not only will you reduce your electricity bill, you’ll also reduce your impact on natural resources and global warming.”
Lastly, Ms Kjaergaard advised people to double check their water restrictions – and stick to it.
“Recently, some places, including Sydney, have upped their water restrictions. If we all do our bit and save a little, together we’ll make a big difference,” she concluded.