3. Reuse, fix or donate
Look for items that have reduced packaging and can be reused rather than disposed. Simple things can make a big difference, like bringing a coffee cup into work rather than using paper/plastic cups or using reusable lunch containers instead of using plastic wrap.
If you have items that are gathering dust in a closet, think about what you can reuse, fix or donate.
4. Swap your products for Green
If you take a quick inventory of your house and household cleaning products, you might be surprised to find a large number of caustic chemicals that can be detrimental to the health of our waterways. Typical household chemicals such as bleach and ammonia are considered bad for the environment, however, as they are basic products, they tend to break down quite easily. Lesser known items such as microbeads (found in face creams and washes) have the ability to adhere to surfaces and build up, causing issues down the track.
Some other items to keep an eye out for are triclosan (found in antibacterial washes), Permethrin and bifenthrin, found in pesticides (such as insect spray) and herbicides (such as weed killer) as they can build up in the environment and have a detrimental effect on flora and fauna.
By slowly replacing products such as kitchen cleaners, toilet cleaners, soaps, shampoos and conditioners with environmentally friendly products, we can make a small but impactful shift to sustainability. You can also check out how to make your own!