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How to Live an Environmentally Friendly Life When You Have a Disability

Taking care of our beloved Earth and its environment is a mission for everyone. We can start to help save the Earth by changing little things in our daily life to be eco-friendly. Alice Waterman has been thinking about this a lot lately, and has done some research!  Here are some awesome ways that you can change to help the environment from Alice Waterman:

Stay hydrated by using reusable drinking bottles

Staying hydrated is a must, especially in the hot summer of Adelaide. Save the environment by avoiding plastic water bottles. Bringing a reusable drinking bottle is a much more eco-friendly idea when you are out of the house. Doing this reduces your waste dramatically!

Grow your own veggies and herbs

Growing your own veggies and herbs is another fabulous idea. Most of the time, veggies and herbs in the supermarkets come with plastic packaging. Planting your own veggies and herbs is an easy way for you to limit the amount of plastic you use.

 There are several veggies that you can easily grow in containers and pots that you can do as an activity with your support workers. Also, you can buy herbs in a pot instead of pre-cut ones so you can plant them again afterwards. To name a few plants that are beginner-friendly:

  • Lettuce and Other Salad Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Zucchini

Air dry your clothes

On sunny days, it’s a better idea to dry your clothes under the sun instead of putting them in a dryer. This helps you save money on your electricity bill and stops the use of harmful fossil fuels. Your clothes will also last longer and be prevented from ‘shrinking’ because dryers tend to roll and stretch your clothes. Your clothes will smell fresher if they are hung under the sun too!

Reuse your shopping bags

Plastic shopping bags are something you don’t need to buy every time you shop. Although plastic shopping bags are cheap, they do last long and get ruined after a few uses. Fabric shopping bags are a better option for you as it lasts for years, that helps to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your daily life. 

Reuse your water for plants in your gardens

Do you know that you can save a lot of water by reusing water around the house? You can reuse your wastewater from everyday activities for toilet flushing or gardening. Rather than dumping your veggie-washing water, you can collect them and water your plants.

Make your own yogurts

You can easily make your own batch of yogurts at home and it’s much cheaper. Plus, you can reduce the amount of plastic containers you go through every day. There are a lot of great recipes that you can find online and start to make your own yogurts.

Shop at secondhand shops and markets
Shopping at secondhand shops not only saves you money but also lowers the amount of clothing going to landfill. Also, you will be surprised by what you will find in secondhand shops. And a trip there can be just like a little adventure.
 Below are several secondhand shops and markets in Adelaide:

  • Style Market
  • Worn Again
  • St Aggies
  • Gilles at the Grounds

Be creative

There are tons of things that you can do to save the Earth. We can all do something little in our own way to make the planet better. Be creative and just have fun! Your little action can create a huge impact and help to look after the Earth for younger generations.

Do you have goals to lead a more eco-friendlt life, but need some help?

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