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For a ‘Green’ New Year in Australia

For a Green New Year in Australia

Seasons come and go, years pass by, yet the charm of new year resolution never fades. Whether you have resolved to lose weight or learn a new language or save/invest better or travel to a dream destination, the start of 2018 is a good place to start the journey toward your goal. How about you achieve two goals in one shot – eco-friendly and cost effective New Year?

Here’s how you can enjoy an eco-friendly yet budget-friendly New Year party in Australia.

Shocker Alert!

If everyone on this planet produced waste like we Australians do, we would need three planets to meet the Earth’s population demand.

Use Less – Waste Less
Our country consumes more energy than most others in the world – WWF Australia. Whether it is the food or water or plastic or any other materials we consume, it adds waste to the environment and increases our ecological footprint.

Think LED
You may wish to have the brightest house in the street this New Year but spare a thought for a safer and greener home – our planet. Use LED lights this year to cut down on your power bill and eco footprint.  Instead of letting your outdoor lighting run all night, fix a cut off hour and save the energy.

Note: LED lights consume 95% less energy and cost less to run. For a 30-day period, 500 traditional holiday lights will cost about $18 while the same number of LED will cost a meagre $0.19.

Plastic-Free Party Zone
Don’t be lazy and pick disposable crockery and cutlery that will live long after the party. Your gym subscription means little if you’re not willing to use glass cutlery, cloth napkins and even your Grandma’s China set. Yes, there’s the case of a slight discomfort in doing dishes on the first day of the year but it is well worth the effort. Your grandkids will love you for it!

Alternately, you can check out these stylish biodegradable crockery and cutlery.

Do Not Waste Food
Plan your New Year party menu well in advance and refrain from over-catering. Before you heap food on to your plate and say grace, do a reality check and see if you can finish all that is in your plate. If you think there will be left overs, either put them away in the refrigerator quickly or freeze it for future use or just give it away to the homeless and needy. When you cater find out if there are takers for leftovers in your area. Composting the food is also an option.

Recycle
Did you know that most Christmas trees sold in Australia are grown under sustainable forestry systems? Before they are cut down for the festive season, they do their bit by acting as a filter to clean the air.

Choose a ‘live tree’ this holiday season so you can replant it after the season is over. Or better still, hire a tree. By recycling a tree you’re keeping it out of the landfill and help reduce greenhouse gases that cause climate changes.

Speaking of recycling, it is worth mentioning that Aussies spend around $400 million annually on batteries (that’s about $50 per household)! An annual waste of over 8,000 tonnes of used batteries sounds like a toxic nightmare and rightly so. By switching to rechargeable batteries, you can reduce the impact on the environment by up to 32 times while saving energy and money.

Donate! Do Not Trash Unwanted Gifts
There’s nothing like a perfect gift. But there are also gifts considered unwanted. Unfortunately, a large number of gifts exchanged during the holiday season are either stacked away in the back of wardrobes or trashed in the bins. Why not make an effort this year to put such unwanted gifts to good use?

Here’s a smart way to avoid buying or giving unwanted gifts. Give your dear ones the gift of Virtual Assistance to kick-start 2018 and help them address their business and personal needs

If you wish to enjoy Australia’s New Year fireworks, here’s where you can watch it live streaming online – https://traveljee.com/destination/oceania/australia/best-places-to-watch-new-years-eve-fireworks-australia/. Wishing You All a Great and ‘Green’ Year Ahead!

Seasons come and go, years pass by, yet the charm of ‘new year resolution’ never fades. Whether you have resolved to lose weight or learn a new language or save/invest better or travel to a dream destination, the start of 2018 is a good place to start the journey toward your goal. How about you achieve two goals in one shot – eco-friendly and cost effective New Year?
By | 2018-01-12T09:48:54+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Habiliss, Holidays and observances|4 Comments
  • John T Newell

    All points are True. Yes, gifting a VA might help in many ways.

  • DeckyHarris

    Good ideas. These would be definitely helpful for me for my upcoming party.

  • Luke Wyatt

    You have already done a brilliant job by bringing forward those donation links for the needy and homeless people of Australia. Happy New Year everyone, Cheers!!

  • Fianna Joseph

    That’s a good point! Because we don’t know the values of things as we are getting it easily instead of wasting everything we can donate it to the needy peoples because it will be useful to them. In this new year Instead of buying some usual gifts you can opt for something different this new year!

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