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Good for you, good for the planet

Good for you, good for the planet

It’s National Environment Month in June – and the perfect opportunity for you to turn your attention to habits that are not only good for you, but good for the planet too. In the spirit of this earth-friendly month, here are six easy ways you can be kinder to your body and your environment.

Cut the chemicals

Instead of using harsh cleaning products, clean your home with natural ingredients you probably already have in your store cupboard. In the arsenal of any eco-cleaner, you’ll find natural ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, borax, salt and tea tree oil. Head online for loads of tips and recipes on how to use them to get your home sparkling.

 DIY body and beauty

Opt for eco-friendly body and beauty products next time you go shopping or head to the kitchen and get creative with some beauty DIY. Ingredients like coconut oil, extra-virgin oil and honey can be used in a number of applications, from cleansers and moisturisers to rich hair treatments. Remember: research recipes and formulations online before trying them yourself.

Walk where you can

Heading to your neighbourhood shop or doing errands in your area? Why not dust off your trainers and walk or cycle instead of driving? You’ll save on petrol and cut down on exhaust fumes, as well as get some fresh air and exercise.

Opt for organic

Where you can, try to choose organic fruit and veggies, as well as free-range eggs, poultry and beef. A good idea is to support your local markets, where you’ll be able to buy fresh produce that is locally sourced and in season. You can also find out whether there are any organic veggie box delivery services in your area, and have your fresh produce delivered directly to your door.

Recycle

Enjoy the feel-good factor of making a difference by recycling. Simply store up your recyclable waste and take it to your local tip or recycling depot once a week. Remember that you can also recycle e-waste items like old computers, cellphones and TVs – just phone ahead to make sure that your tip or depot accepts these items.

Disconnect during downtime

Do you find yourself glued to your TV, phone or tablet when you have spare time? Why not take a break from series and social media and instead read a book, practise a hobby or connect with your family and friends – in person. You’ll not only cut down on your electricity consumption, you may also discover new creative outlets now that you’re not filling up all your free time.