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May 31, 2019

Simple Lifestyle Changes To Reduce Your Environmental Impact

From refining your recycling habits to jumping on your bike instead using the car, it’s important that we all do our bit to reduce our environmental footprint. In today’s blog, we offer some eco-friendly lifestyle habits that can help you easily make a real difference. Read on! 

Try Out A New Mode Of Transport

Reducing the amount of time you spend behind the wheel is the perfect way to make a simple but significant difference to your environmental footprint. Our suggestions? If you’re only making a short journey, enjoy a brisk walk. If you’re running errands in the local area or heading to the train station, consider cycling. If you have neighbours or friends commuting to a similar location, organise a local carpool. If your workplace encourages flexible working conditions, request to work from home on the days that you can. Lastly, make use of the great public transport options in Melbourne’s new build communities!

Shop Smart

Whether your purchasing groceries, clothes or electronics – it’s important that you take a moment to consider your options. Choosing products that have the lowest impact on the environment is the smarter way to shop! Consider whether you really need a bag, whether the item is in recyclable packaging, whether it is locally or ethically produced or whether you really need it at all!  By choosing to purchase products that are sustainable, ethical and traceable – manufacturers will also take up better practice in order to remain competitive. This is a great cycle to encourage!

Wise Watering

Practicing water conservation has several benefits, both for the environment and your water usage bills! We recommend making a habit of watering your garden in the early morning when it’s still cool and evaporation is low. Over the winter months, try to keep overall water use to a minimum. Installing a rainwater tank to collect additional rainfall can be a great way to reduce your water bills and is ideal for household tasks like washing the car or caring for your veggie patch.

Consider Your Investments

It’s important to do your research into the companies that you’re investing in. To ensure your dollars are going towards a better future, invest in companies that are ethical, environmentally conscious and future-focused. Renewable energy is a great place to start. This is one area in which financial reward and environmental impact can overlap!

Support Others In Your Community

It’s also important to support others in your community who are attempting to make a difference, too! If your little ones come home from school with an exciting new recycling plan, be sure to give it a try. If your neighbour approaches you to discuss their ideas for a local clean-up day, offer to lend them a hand. If a workmate suggests a carpool, dive on in. Working together could mean making an even greater impact!

The Aston Homes team love sharing our tips for environmentally-conscious living. If you’d like to learn more, get in touch with our helpful team!