In light of World Environment Day taking place this Thursday 5th June, we thought we would take a moment to think about all of the simple things that everyone in the Bacchus Marsh community can do to help protect our planet.
Here are our ideas:
Grow food in the backyard – If you have the space in your backyard then you might like to consider starting your own vegetable and herb garden. Not only will your home-grown vegetables taste better than what you will find in the supermarket but they will also help to drastically cut down on your carbon footprint. If you can’t grow your own vegies, then local markets are also a great place to pick up fresh, local food.
Reduce, reuse and recycle – Landfills are bad news for the environment, so the less waste we produce the better! Everybody can make an effort to reduce waste by recycling more, re-using items that can be repaired and by reducing the amount of items that need to be bought in the first place.
Make smart product choices – Consumers have a lot of power, so think carefully about the items you bring into your home. Buy items that can be recycled or are biodegradable, and try to opt for products that don’t use a lot of packaging. When buying appliances, consider energy and/or water efficiency ratings. Sometimes better products cost more, but they may save you money in the long run. Also take your green bags to the shops to help cut down on the need for plastic bags.
Use non-toxic cleaners – Many household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can end up polluting our local waterways. To help keep our waterways healthy, choose products that have been made with the environment in mind.
There are many other ways to help live a more sustainable lifestyle in Bacchus Marsh and we’d love to hear them. So please feel free to leave a comment and let everyone know what else we can do to help protect the environment in Bacchus Marsh.