The success of our Plastic-Free July initiative has got us thinking about packaging – how much of it we use, and just as importantly, what happens to it afterwards. Here are some of our top tips on taking a different approach to packaging.
AAs well as reading the ingredients labels on the food that you buy, take a look at what the containers are made from. Generally speaking, glass and cardboard are easier to recycle than plastics. Of course, repurposing is even better – that way your jar or bottle can have a second, much longer life without the expenditure of all the energy that goes into recycling.
Empty glass jars are perfect for holding stationery or loose change – you can even cut a slot in the top to make a DIY “piggy bank” for your kids. Try drilling holes in the lids and attaching them to wooden shelves for a instant spice rack – simply unscrew the jar when needed. Pots and jars can be used to grow salad plants or flowers, or to store your own homemade preserves and pickles.
Think of all the times you use plastic, and try and find alternatives – take your own insulated flask to the gym when you want a smoothie, and carry a travel mug with you everywhere for that all-important coffee. You could even take your own containers with you when you eat out, for bring any leftovers home (ideal for lunch the next day). It’s time we all started to think out of the box about packaging!
Making a donation to a good cause is often the most convenient way to ease your conscience, but there are other ways to contribute that could prove far more valuable.
Charities, schools and foundations often need help in person, and you could use your skills and spare time (yes, such a thing does exist – you just have to make it!).
Whether you’re good at admin, painting or plumbing, you could make a real difference – and save charities their hard-won money. Yes, it’s “work”, but can you think of a more worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours per week?
A quick search online will find plenty of organisations in your area that could use a little help, from orphanages to wildlife sanctuaries. You could also volunteer as a sports coach or umpire, or assist with transport for other volunteers.
Volunteering can be addictive, and it’s certainly more rewarding than watching TV! Giving back is the best possible way to express gratitude for all the blessings that you’ve received in your own life. Unfortunately, not everyone is as fortunate, and a little extra help can go a long way towards helping others achieve their dreams.
The colder weather means that staying warm becomes more of a priority, which is not so difficult if you’re indoors - but spare a thought for people who work or even live outdoors. Winter is an especially tough time for the homeless people in our communities, and it can also be a challenge for security guards, car park attendants, gardeners and other people whose jobs involve lots of time in the cold.
At this time of year, small gestures of kindness and generosity can really go a long way. The next time you make soup (and there’s no better way to enjoy veggies from your organic vegetable plot), make extra and share it with someone you know would appreciate the warmth of your act of giving – and of the soup itself. Ladle a portion into a flask or travel mug and you’re ready to make someone’s day a little less chilly.
Even better, take your own portion along too, and share a heartwarming moment of connection with someone you might never have had a real conversation with. You’ll find a wonderful recipe for Creamy Broccoli Soup on my Antonia’s Way website – the perfect way to share the love this winter.
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GENEROSITY Water is a premium alkaline water, with a perfectly balanced pH of 10 – which means that it can help to restore your body’s equilibrium by counteracting toxic acidity and preventing cell damage. Reduced acidity can also improve your metabolism and boost your energy levels.
Part of the proceeds from each bottle of GENEROSITY water that we sell will be used to help provide clean water to two people in an underprivileged community for a month. Best of all, the bottles are 100% BPA-free and easy to recycle.
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