We can all make a difference. Every little bit helps.
Here at Glorious Difference headquarters we try to come up with ideas of how we can minimise and reduce our environmental impact. We may be a small operator, but we believe that if everyone tries to improve their impact on the environment it will make a big difference collectively. As a company we have recently launched our free repair service. One of our goals is to live up to our deep commitment to responsible manufacturing. There is so much stuff out there that is made with an expiry date. We want to make products that are built to last a lifetime to reduce our environmental footprint by reducing landfill. Our vision is that when you purchase a Glorious Difference picnic blanket you become an owner, not a consumer. Our goal is that you own your picnic blanket for a lifetime. If your picnic blanket suffers wear and tear you can get in touch with us and we will assess your blanket. If we are able to repair the blanket we will do so without charge. If we are not able to repair it we will endeavor to recycle or reuse the blanket and supply you with a new blanket free of charge. There are many other things that we are exploring to keep improving our environmental impact. If you have any ideas, we’d love to hear from you!
As individuals there are many things we can do to lessen our our footprint on the earth. We can all improve, and you don’t need to be a hardcore environmentalist to do these things. Small changes can make a big difference collectively. Here are a few ideas. Even if you just do one thing – it’s progress!
Improve your recycling
Improve your standard recycling at home – Making sure you are utilising the free recycling we have available to us in Australia is important. Make sure you correctly sort your waste and rinse your plastic, glass and cans etc before you put them in your yellow bin. Having a separate bin for rubbish, paper and plastic/glass/metal can really help.
Soft plastics – Going beyond the standard recycling of paper, plastic, glass, aluminium and steel there are other household items we can recycle. Most big super markets have collection bins for soft plastics that you cannot recycle in your yellow bins at home. Here you can recycle reusable green bags when they get old and worn, single-use plastic bags, bread bags, biscuit wrap and frozen food bags.
Other household items – You can also recycle your fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries and oils at your local community recycling centre, or chemical clean out event. You can search online or contact your local council for your local recycling centres or events. Search for your local recycling centres and events in NSW at www.epa.nsw.gov.au and in Victoria at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au
Mobile phones – Another way to improve your household recyling is to recycle your old mobile phones. Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain small amounts of potentially harmful substances that if not managed properly may harm the environment. By recycling your old mobile phones, plastics and metals are recovered and recycled and you are reducing potential greenhouse gas emissions. Find out how to recycle your mobile phones at www.mobilemuster.com.au
Invest in Rechargeable batteries
Household batteries contribute to the toxic waste in landfill. A way to minimise this waste is to invest in rechargeable batteries and a recharging unit. Here’s a universal recharging unit we found: Varta Universal Battery Charger
Ask for charity donations instead of gifts
At your next party, or birthday why not ask that your loved ones donate to charity instead of giving gifts? You’ll minimise the waste accumulated from packaging and wrapping as well as receiving things you just don’t need. You could even suggest an environmental charity for them to donate to like Planet Ark
Compost your food waste
Composting and worm farming are great alternatives to disposing of your food waste in the rubbish bin while creating quality fertiliser for your pot plants and garden. It’s relatively inexpensive to setup and some councils offer free composting or worm farm units. If you don’t have room to compost or setup a worm farm many local community gardens will accept your food waste.
Pick up rubbish when you can
A really simple way to help the environment is simply to pick up rubbish when you see it. Maybe even have a weekly walk around your neighbourhood picking up rubbish along the way. It’s good for your body and will make you feel good too!
Get a Keep Cup
The lids of disposable coffee cups are recyclable but the cup itself isn’t. If you’re a coffee lover, avoid the landfill and processing of unnecessary recycling and invest in a keep cup. There are plenty of cool ones out there! Here’s one we found at bennysboardroom.com.au