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.
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.