Green Living

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Bottle Craft

The simple concept of creating artistic artifacts from discarded bottles results in a multitude of positive benefits to the community! Bottles no longer become a litter issue! The unemployed can generate income from collection and creation! Small Business and Welfare Organisations can utilise this profitable idea for entrepreneurial growth and significant fund raising!

Ten Things You Can Do for Greener Living

1. Don't Drink Bottled Water

Fill up your body, not the landfill. In South Africa, 85 000 tonnes of PET bottles are produced every year, while only around 7 000 tonnes are recycled. Drink straight tap water, or boil and filter it if you have any concerns. Don’t just worry about your body, worry about the planet it lives in too.

2. Buy Local Produce

Do this by buying locally produced food. Supermarket produce travels as far as 10 000km, so it’s less fresh and requires more fuel to transport. Visit your local Farmer’s Market, it’s a fun morning out!

3. Buy Fair-Trade coffee

Or any other java brewed from beans certified as grown on sustainable farms. These farms work to protect the world’s pharmacy, the Brazilian rainforest, for medicinal plants awaiting discovery.

4. Use a Map or GPS

Know where you’re going and you’ll save on fuel and frustration. While you’re at it, avoid right turns. Idling in traffic produces twenty times more pollution than if you hooked a few lefts.

5. Don't buy beverages in cans

It takes about twice as much energy to make an aluminium can as it does to produce a glass bottle of equal size. And no matter what kinds of cans they develop, bottled beer always tastes better.

6. Exercise in the morning

You’ll eliminate the extra shower after a midday or evening workout, saving water and time. Plus, air-pollution levels are lowest in the early morning, so you’ll fill your lungs with oxygen, not ozone.

7. Use a shampoo-conditioner combo

If 10 percent of us skipped the separate conditioner, the plastic saved would cover twenty-one football fields. The shorter shower also helps your skin retain more moisture.

8. Dispose of disposable razors

Ninety-nine cents buys you a scraped face and a hunk of metal and plastic that can’t be recycled and isn’t biodegradable. Better: Refillable razors. Best: Safety razors - you get a great shave and recyclable blades.

9. Be water-wise

Always check that you have turned taps off properly: a dripping tap loses about two drops a second, which over a hundred litres a week. Fit water-saving devices to toilet cisterns and water-saving taps. And if you have a dishwasher, use it sparingly: half-loaded machines use more than half the water of a full load.

10. Bike it

Fifty percent of the planets air pollution comes from cars. Most journeys are still less than 4km. There is no more important issue that we have to face together. It’s amazing that we have yet to understand the severity of the oil world and pollution situation. Give it up. Get a bike.