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  • #16
    i recently read somewhere that if you use disposable nappies, with the wet ones, you can rip them open and put the gel (water crystals) in your compost bin and its met to be really good, you can aslo buy 100% bio-degradable disposble nappies, that break down it just 3 weeks, you can have a sample nappy sent out they are really good.and good for our enviroment.


    • #17
      Buy recycled toilet paper - the bulk packs are cheaper than tp made from virgin pulp (except for that one ply cheapo cr@p). When trees are grown to be used for toilet paper it not only destroys the habitat of native wildlife(who can't live in pine plantations which are regularly cut down- not to mention that native wildlife who do try to live in plantation forests are poisoned, shot or burned alive), but all the bits they don't use are burned, creating huge amounts of greenhouse gases.


      • #18
        - Use a bucket in the shower whilst waiting for the right temperature - use water in the next load of washing or on the garden.
        - Compost heap (recycle scraps)
        - Switch to Green Energy
        - Turn off lights
        - Use fluorescent globes (can get a whole house installed for free! check
        - Ride your bike instead of driving your car
        - Use cloth nappies

        And most of all - "If its yellow let it mellow; if its brown flush it down"


        • #19
          Grow your own veges- the kids will love it, it is relaxing, it cuts down enourmously on transport costs (for $ & enviroment) and will help the budget.
          Compost- waste not want not! Why buy the stuff when you can make it for free & cut down on the rubbish going to the tip?
          Cloth Nappies, cloth wipes, re-usable liners! Cloth change mats etc too.
          Use re-usable containers instead of things like glad wrap.
          Freeze things like chook bones, green part of leeks, celery tops, spare wedges of onion etc etc as you go and when you have enough you can make your own stock- YUM!
          Keep a bucket of bath water (from your kiddlets) aside to rinse the nappies with- keeps the naps cleaner & you can cut out an initial rinse cycle & the nappy bucket smells less too!
          Buy organic where possible- food & clothes. Conventional (often called "natural") cotton accounts for only 3% of worldwide crops yet uses approximately 25% of the total world consumption of insecticides. Add to this the fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, defoliants and formadehyde finishing that "natural" cotton requires, and you see that natural is not so natural after all. (sorry to scare you guys- not trying to make anyone feel bad- only just found this out recently myself)
          Before you buy something, ask yourself if you really need it. Sometimes it is better to have less things, but to buy better quality so they last.
          Use energy efficient light bulbs
          Turn appliances (lol- obviously not the fridge though! Or the alarm clock for that matter...) off at the power point at night time.
          Make a weekly donation to green fleet to help make your weekly consumptions carbon neutural (I do this when I order my organic groceries online every week)
          Switch to green power if possible (we have 2 solar panels and a battery bank about to be linked to our new home!)
          When building a house, consider its aspect. If you face all your major windows south east, you will get all the lovely breezes. Consider flow through (windows apposing the ones that get the breezes) so that any hot air in the house will be flushed out by opening a window reducing the need for aircon. Place things like the garage on the western side so it catches the brunt of the heat. Plant tree's for shade, disidious (lol-I cant spell to save myself!) that will create shade over the house in summer, but let the sun warm the house in winter.
          Dont drive when you could walk.
          Join the library & borrow instead of buying. Will save a few trees & will help the family budget.
          Plant as many tree's, shrubs & plants as your block will take.
          Catch public transport.
          Use recycled paper
          Buy second hand if possible- there are plenty of things like new out there. Esp kids clothes. Each thing you buy is one less thing that needs to be produced, transported etc etc etc. And it will help the people selling the items & yourself $ wise.
          You might have guessed Im a bit of a hippie.... :-D


          • #20
            - Use antbacterial hand gel (it evaporates and kills germs) instead of washing your hands.

            - Try to eat more raw foods (fruit and veg), cut down on cooking and appliances in kitchen

            - As silly as it sounds, where less clothes, do less washing. I live in sarongs as togs as much as possible and where clothes just when i pick Jayce up or am in public. Jayce puts on the same pair of play shorts each arvo, and bub wears a nappy and no singlet. Will be different though when winter comes.

            - I used to forget my green bags for shopping coz they were in the boot. Keep them on the front seat with your handbag so u don't forget them.

            - When in shower, turn off the water when u soap yourself and when shampooing or conditioning, same for teeth.

            - Walk to destinations wherever possible.

            - It might sound a bit yucky, but down flush the toilet after every wee, not really necessary, wasted water.


            • #21
              Great ideas LM thanks!


              • #22
                We have chickens and i guess they help coz they eat all our vege scraps and then we eat their eggs. Saves on egg carton packages etc. We barely have any rubbish as most of the foods we eat is salad and veg. We try not to buy too much packaged stuff.

                Oh also...use tupperware instead of clingwrap if u can.


                • #23
                  Use environmentally friendly cleaning alternatives (ie enjo), better for you, your family and the environment.


                  • #24
                    What a great thread!

                    *Get a pushbike!
                    *Catch public transport where possible.
                    *DONT FLY! Flying contributes greatly to climate change...If an airplane goes 2000km, then the co2 emissions are equivilant to every person on the plane driving 2000km individually.
                    *Become educated about things...i know this is a bit off topic, but knowledge is power.
                    * Share that knowledge! If your in a pub and tell one person a fact about the environment then they will tell their friends and their friends may tell more people...etc etc.
                    * Try for green power.
                    * Dont use 4wd's...if your in the city, they arn't nessisary..and they are pretty dangerous!
                    * Plant native trees. They dont need much water and encourage wildlife.
                    * Install a rainwater tank...its pretty yummy water!
                    Hmmmm i may have doubled up here...i could go on forever! I think there is a real social change happening and it really makes me so happy that people are starting to get concerned about the environment. It gives me hope for my sons future!


                    • #25
                      I don't know if its been said but buy food like rice, flour, sugar etc' in bulk & store it in jars or tupperware to reduce the amount of packaging.
                      Also squeezing your own fruit juice will help & it tastes so much better


                      • #26
                        You can use pure soap as a laundry detergent, and vinegar as a rinse aid.

                        The benefits are:

                        The waste water from your washing machine can be used on your lawn and garden without killing the plants.

                        Your clothes just smell clean, not fragranced, great for those with allergies

                        The absence of phosphates helps, even if you just let it go down the drain instead of using on the garden

                        It's so cheap, it costs about $20 for a year's supply.

                        The vinegar is amazing for keeping your washing machine clean and fresh - you should see the scum that gets flushed out after you stop using commercial powders and liquids.


                        • #27
                          If you have electric hot water, turn the main switch off during the day- the water will stay hot from the night before and it'll save a bit of electricity. In fact you may even be able to only turn it on every second night.


                          • #28
                            might sound a bit dumb but where is this $20 a year soap for the laundry???


                            • #29
                              Originally posted by mama2be View Post
                              might sound a bit dumb but where is this $20 a year soap for the laundry???
                              You make it yourself! It takes about 15 mins in total, not including leaving it to sit overnight, and each batch lasts me a couple of months.

                              We buy pure soap bars from our local chemist @ $2 for a pack of 6-8, depending on what's there. I use my old food processor to grate the soap to a powder then add boiling water to dissolve - this makes about 2 nappy buckets full of detergent. I leave it overnight then bottle it (in my handy recycled laundry detergent bottles lol). You use one cup of soap per wash.

                              White vinegar for the rinse is ridiculously cheap, especially if you buy in bulk. It doesn't make your clothes smell like vinegar, just cuts the soap suds, leaving your clothes smelling perfectly clean, and it prevents soap scum from building up in your washing machine (which can be a problem when using pure soap).

                              I also make a small batch with some sard wonder soap grated in, for hubby's extra dirty clothes like overalls.

                              I found this tip on another baby forum, and initially just used the soap to wash bub's clothes with, then ended up using it for our clothes as well. It's a lot cheaper than using pre-flaked pure soap (such as Lux) and the water is then safe to use on your garden and lawn. We run a hose directly from the washing machine to the grass, so we don't even have to think about it, let alone carry buckets out there.


                              • #30
                                Buy Australian products!!!

                                Probably spend less time on bub hub, turning your computer off. Read books instead of watching tv. Buy the news paper for world happenings and then recycle your newspaper by making your own paper with it. This is so much fun and you can put various other scrap materials in it!!

                                Try not to use sprays for spiders and flys and ants. If your going to kill them do it by hand or send them on their way outside. I know there are none chemical ways of getting rid of insects, does anyone know?

                                Also, vegie garden and compost is great.