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Make Your Home Sustainable!

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Nowadays, we are seeing the detrimental effects of human activity on the environment more clearly than ever. Polar ice caps are melting, deforestation is destroying habitats the world over, and pollution is filling the air with smog and the oceans with plastic. So it’s about time that we start making changes in our day to day lives that will reduce this negative impact that we are having on the planet. Make a significant start by making your home more sustainable! Here are a few ideas to try out.

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Opt for Sustainable Building Materials

Let’s start with your property itself. Materials like Australian Sustainable Hardwoods are a great building material that you should make as much use of as possible. Whether you are building a property from scratch, plan on extending, or simply want some new decking or a shed for the backyard. This material can be harvested and regrown with maximum efficiency and in a safe manner. Not only will it have a much better impact on the environment than other building materials, but it looks great too! It’s a win-win situation that will leave smiles all around.

Source Furniture Locally

Every year, huge amounts of non-renewable fuels are used in the transport of furniture across seas. So why not cut out the excessive delivery distances and source your furniture locally. There are plenty of brilliant options out there, and many will be much closer than you think. If possible, opt for recycled, upcycled or vintage goods. The more use we get out of a single item, the less waste we produce. Check out charity stores and vintage flea markets or antique furniture stores nearby for some truly unique pieces to add to your interior decor.

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Use Renewable Energy

There are plenty of renewable energy options that can fuel our homes. So why do so many of us still opt for non-renewable energy sources? Solar panels are one of the most popular options available and are extremely effective, especially on shores like ours where the sun shines more than most places. It can generate sufficient energy to heat your water, power your air conditioning, and even run your oven. Alternatively, you could opt for wind turbines or hydropower.

Consider Bamboo Flooring

Instead of standard wood flooring, why not consider bamboo flooring. Bamboo is perfect for floors aesthetically and has the added bonus of being one of the most sustainable materials imaginable. While trees can take years to grow and establish themselves, bamboo is much faster growing. While it may not be ideal for hardy tasks such as forming exterior walls, it’s just as good for flooring as any laminate. If you find that you’re fond of bamboo as a material, you can also use it for various other things around the house, such as shower walls (as opposed to plastic shower curtains) or even reusable drinking straws. The possibilities are pretty much endless!

These changes may seem small, but they will make a significant difference. If everyone tried out just one or two, the changes made to the planet would be profound. So, start living as eco-friendly a lifestyle as possible from today.

Is it cheating to buy into an established garden? – PLUS Win a Kleenex Cottonelle product hamper and stuffed puppy!

After 30 years in the same house, and 55 years in the one suburb for my poor mum, my parents are finally moving out of Blackalls! They’ve bought a place 10km away, near a park, the lake, and with some already established roses and fruit and veg plants!

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It even came with a giant dog out the back! Well over the back fence. This guy is HUGE!

Mum and Dad's new place

Have you ever had the pleasure of having tomatoes that have sprouted up from your compost bin? Or a pumpkin vine snake its way through your flowers? Or strawberries popping up here and there? These cherry tomatoes are growing up behind the garage in the back corner of the yard. And taste delicious. (especially plucked straight from the plant!). Think it counts as organic and sustainable if we’ve just found them growing, then staked up a few with some leftover fence posts and grass we just pulled?

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Back yard oranges and rhubarb, just waiting for me to stew them together and eat with some Greek yoghurt :) Or the oranges waiting for Rish to pluck them and juice them!

Mum and Dad's new place

The mint is also rather wild. I’m told that you can use it to help with fleas? I was wondering about making my own herbal tea from it?

A few weeks back I went to a Kleenex Mums/Cottonelle event which was buzzing with ideas for saving money while being more environmentally friendly at the same time. Backyard gardens were among the many ways mentioned that we could make a small difference to our footprints. Check out Pin to Make a difference for some tips and ideas!

Mum and Dad's new place

Yeah! Chokos! Apparently you can eat them, not just throw them at the year seven kids!

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You can WIN a Cottonelle hamper by commenting below with your favourite tip for being sustainable around the house, garden or office. Tips around food of course are warmly welcomed :) One entry per person. Aussie addresses only. Entries close 9pm Friday 25/05/2012, and the winner will be chosen by me, with the criteria of being the one that makes me nod the most and go “yes, THAT!”. :)

The prize pack consists of an array of products, including:
– Viva cleaning products
– Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Wipes
– Kleenex Cottonelle toilet tissue
– Kleenex Tissues
– 1 Kleenex Cottonelle puppy toy

(I think it’s worth entering for the puppy toy! As pictured below!)

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* Comp is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Catherine with her tip: “My tip is to use up all the fresh veggies you grow or buy – for example, don’t throw away the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower but instead cube them to use in stews and soups …. and don’t waste the leafy tops of your celery because it tastes great added to stir-fries and other Asian dishes. And you can even finely chop the beautiful green tops of carrots as a substitute for parsley and other green garnishes.” Awesome ideas!

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