We are all learning it is important to have a sense of responsibility towards the environment. This growing concern is reflected through our daily actions such as recycling, composting, reducing waste, how we shop, travel, and interact with the environment generally.
We all know that there are things we could be doing to reduce our impact on the environment, but what's in it for us? There are many benefits that come from being more environmentally aware at home and in our day-to-day lives such as creating a healthier living space, saving time and money, and generally improving our lifestyle and well being. We must also understand that making changes to the way we think about the environment now, will mean a better quality of life for future generations. Steps towards becoming more environmentally-friendly:
Our lifestyle choices significantly impact the web of life and the state of our environment. The good news is, there are a number of steps we can take towards becoming more environment-friendly in our day-to-day lives. The best way to approach this is with a desire to do what is naturally healthy for yourself, your family, and the environment.
- Identify environmental problem areas. For example, wastefulness of resources, pollution, excess/unnecessary use of chemicals, inefficient use of energy, destruction of habitat.
- Look for an environment-friendly alternative or solution to the problem. Ask yourself: Do I really need to buy this? Is there something else I can buy/ use that can be recycled or reused; that is more energy efficient; safer for my family or the natural environment?
- Make a decision to change. Relatively simple changes in our everyday lives can make a real difference.
- Review the changes you have made and identify the benefits of being environment-friendly. For example, you are saving money and/or time, you are feeling healthier, you have more birds and wildlife in your garden, there is more family interaction and cooperation, or you are feeling good about the positive changes you have made.
Recycling Near You
The Recycling Near You website recyclingnearyou.com.au and hotline, operated by Planet Ark, help Australians find information about the recycling and waste services provided by councils, as well as local drop off options for a range of items. With more than 1.6 million visits in 2012, Recycling Near You is one of the most popular sources of recycling information in Australia.
To view the listing for your council visit: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/council/CoffsHarbourNSW