Want to be kinder to the environment and your wallet? Here are 7 surprisingly simple ways to be eco-friendly, many of which will also help you save money every month…
Grow a snack – Sprout almost any seed or pulse from lentils to chickpeas for a low-cost, eco-friendly and super nutritious snack. Make your own sprouts with a jam jar and a piece of muslin or buy a sprout starter pack from a specialised health shop such as Fresh Earth in Johannesburg, or online from Earth Products.
Set a good example – Bring a mug to work to cut waste from disposable cups, and ask your canteen for a discount for those with their own mugs. Next, form a green committee to talk to management about buying recycled stationary.
Do away with milk cartons– Instead of buying milk from the supermarkets and throwing away several milk cartons a week, take your own sterilised glass bottles to Fruit and Veg City and get farm fresh milk straight from the tap.
Tumble with dryer balls– If you have to resort to the tumble dryer, add dryer balls to your load to cut energy use, they’ll reduce your drying time by up to 25%. Place two of these reusable plastic balls inside your machine and they’ll work together to soften your clothes – and they don’t contain the chemicals found in fabric softeners.
Buy recycled – As well as basics like recycled loo roll and paper, there are more and more highly desirable products on the market, like stylish jars, bottles and drinking glasses from Consol. Visit GreenGetters for other recycling products.
Save your kettle – Limescale build-up in your kettle makes it take longer to boil so it will cost more in energy. An eco anti-limescale trick is to drop a few seashells in the bottom – they will rattle around as the water boils and act as an abrasive. To descale, fill the kettle with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Don’t boil but leave it cold for an hour or two, then scrub with an old toothbrush.