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Wellington’s winter of constant horizontal rain and gale force winds seems yet to fully arrive, and I think a lot of us are finally starting to see the impact of global warming. I’d like to think that I’m doing my bit to look after papatuanuku, but I know I could be better. So here’s a lil list of things we can do to look after our lovely planet.
Buy a reusable water bottle.
Buy a good water bottle! Preferably one that’s not plastic, but anything that only lasts more than three uses is good. I have a metal one that’s secretly a thermos, which is the bees’ knees!
Stop using take-away cups.
Takeaway coffee cups are THE WORST. Spend an extra five minutes and sit down with your drink, or invest in a reusable travel mug. Lots of cafés give you a discount when you have your own takeaway cup.
This one’s so important it deserves two exclamation marks. Gardening has so many benefits! Whether you buy a houseplant for your room, start a bee garden, create a full scale veggie patch, or plant a tree—you’re still helping the planet enormously. Growing your own food is cheap and good for you, and plants help to absorb nasty stuff in the air.
One of the easiest ways to stop producing landfill is to buy less. Less packaging, less unnecessary junk you never use, less clothing. The fashion industry produces so much toxic waste, so contributing to it as little as possible is fab. Op-shops are a wonderful treasure trove, and more and more independent labels are getting into sustainable fashion.
Get into a thrifty DIY spirit!
Make your own cleaning products (vinegar, baking soda, and eucalyptus oil are essentially all you need), your own dry shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Also mend things before throwing them away!