Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 01:20 pm

Besides the obvious, like switching out plastic straws for paper straws, what other changes can we make at home, together with our kids, to become less wasteful?

They say that if you want to change the world, then the best place to start is at home. So, besides the obvious, like switching out plastic straws for paper straws, what other changes can we make at home, together with our kids, to be less wasteful?

Well, for starters, we can:

1. Use re-usable shopping bags

Instead of single-use plastic bags (which I know, works great for picking up dog poop), switch to bags made of organic cotton or recycled materials. Most stores have these bags on display at the cashiers. Once you’ve unpacked your groceries, get into the habit of folding the bags up, and packing them back in your car’s boot – that way, you’ll always have them on hand when you need them!

2. Pack lunch every day

Save money and avoid excess packaging waste by packing lunch for you and your family in reusable containers! This change will not only benefit the environment, but also your health – it’s a win-win!

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3. Ditch paper towels

This is one change I hadn’t even considered…

But, it makes sense – especially if you have kids, and go through rolls and rolls of paper towels to clean up after juice spills and food smudges.

Micro-fibre cleaning cloths are more absorbent and they last longer, which means that you’ll not only be saving the environment, but saving money too!

4. Freeze your leftovers

Another way you can be less wasteful and save money!

5. Save water where you can

On-going water scarcity in the Cape has created a new awareness around those valuable resources we have previously taken for granted.

Teach your kids to conserve water (like to not leave the tap running while brushing teeth) and opt for water-saving appliances to help you along – like an eco-friendly shower head!

6. Start composting

Food wastage shouldn’t be in landfills. Modern compost bins are sleek, affordable and odour-free – which means that you have no excuse not to make your own compost…

The environment and your garden will love you!