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3 Apr 2018

Simple steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle

The activities and waste of urban dwellers have a significant impact on the Australian environment. Every minute people use and throw away materials that impact wildlife and human health, plastics being one of the biggest culprits.

Margaret Mossakowska is just one of the trailblazing and passionate educators that host workshops as part of the The Sustainable Living Series at The Calyx. These workshops are designed to not only help people reconnect with nature but also teach practical skills through a variety of lessons including beekeeping and fermenting.

Margaret is one of the few people we know that could truly live off the land while making it looks effortless. In one of the demonstrations she showed us how to make a delicious salad out of weeds commonly found in backyards across Sydney, yes weeds!  There are a few simple tips from the plastic-free guru herself below to have you living a more sustainable lifestyle in no time. 

Here are a few tips from Margaret Mossakowska

Plastic can be made into any shape, can be flexible or hard, transparent or colourful, single-use or long-lasting; all for ease and convenience. But getting rid of plastics in our lives is an important step on the way to sustainability. To lessen the impact of plastics we need to reduce how often we use them and look at ways they can be replaced with recyclable or compostable products. Here are a few simple ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
 
  • Avoid plastic food packaging: keep reusable shopping bags in your car or handbag (including a fabric bread bag), join a group that buys directly from farmers or shop at local farmers’ markets,

  • Carry a coffee mug, a small steel or bento box and metal or bamboo cutlery with you to avoid single-use plastic with take-away food and drinks (there are even stainless steel drinking straws!),

  • Switch to recyclable or compostable food storage items like glass bottles and jars, stainless steel tins and lunch boxes, baskets or cotton bags for everyday use at home,

  • Prepare snacks and lunches on the previous day. This will stop you from buying take-away and store bought meals,

  • Review your wardrobe. Repair or recycle used items, rethink what you need to buy, buy natural fibres and befriend an iron to maintain clothing at home,

  • Grow as much of your food as you can. Even a tiny but makes a difference to the total of chemicals, water, oil and energy used in commercial agriculture, transport storage and packaging of food.

Learn more about the workshops led by Margaret and our other hosts at The Calyx here.
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