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Living like The New Joneses

Top tips to help make your life more green

It’s not exactly hot off the press, but our planet really needs a hand to stop things from getting pretty dire.

It can be hard to imagine that just one person can make a difference, but every bit of action really does count.

What better way to get empowered to make a change than to have a handful of easy tips to get started?! For nearly a decade, have demonstrated simple ways we can all do better for our planet, and those who live here (that’s us, hi!).

As a carbon neutral telco, we’re obsessed with sustainability. That’s why this year, we teamed up with The New Joneses as they hit the road to learn some earth-saving tips from a few very wise humans across the country.

We’ve compiled a list of the top tips from the trip, so it’s a little easier to know how to get cracking on doing the right things by our planet.

Let’s get sustainable.

Keep food scraps out of landfill

Your food waste deserves a better resting place than your trash can.

You wouldn’t think it, but when thrown in your regular trash, food waste creates a heap of (namely methane). However, when disposed of correctly, your food scraps can help . How ace.

What is ‘correct disposal’ for food scraps, you ask? Why a compost, of course!

Don’t have space for your own personal compost? Me neither (#apartmentlife). Do your research — many have a compost on offer. You could even use it as a chance to meet your neighbours to suss out if they’ve got a compost you can share.

Grow some food

There’s something really satisfying about whipping up a salad with the fruits of your own labour. It’s also really satisfying for Mother Nature.

Growing a few of helps reduces the overall carbon footprint of your meal. Silverbeet is a great place to start, as it’s sturdy and hard to over-love.

If you don’t have room to grow your own, look up ‘community gardens near me’ on the web and see what your local area already has on offer.

Eat more veggies

Remember how your mum always said you couldn’t have ice cream ’til you’d finished your broccoli? Those were wise words.

Vegetables are great for us, and they’ve got a pretty darn good as well. By eating more veggies that are locally produced and in season, we it takes to grow, transport and store our meals.

Vegetables can be the superstars of our dishes — it’s just about knowing what to do with them! If you think about veggies first when it comes to mealtime, you’re doing yourself and the environment a favour.

Embrace your green thumb

Whip out the gardening gloves and .

Trees help to soak up carbon dioxide in the air and improve the overall health of the soil they’re planted in, meaning they give back to nature in many ways. They also look pretty, so it’s a win-win really.

Extra points for considering what you’re planting — , you’re offering butterflies, bees, and pollinating birds a place to rest and feed as they move around our cities.

Support renewables

Fun fact: The state of is now powered by 100% .

It might be a little tricky for us all to go completely renewable in one fell swoop, but we can all make a few simple switches to get on the way.

Move to an energy company that is supporting the switch and investing in renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro.

Educate girls

is a secret weapon against climate change.

Across the word, girls are flying the green flag — they are in green industries, and acting for political change.

If you can, do your research and donate to organisations that are supporting girls’ education — like , the charity for girls’ equality — to help equip more girls with the tools to make a greater impact.

Cut out carbon

Excess fossil fuel burning leads to a , like carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere.

Where possible, choose to . Switch up your ride to something more planet-friendly. Ride a bike or electric scooter, walk, or take public transport.

Switch to services and suppliers (banks, super funds, suppliers, telcos, energy providers) that are carbon neutral or powered by green energy.

Avoid packaging

Recycling is really good stuff, but in many cases, we can do even better by just altogether.

If you want a real eye-opener as to how many disposable coffee cups end up in landfill each day in Melbourne alone, .

Switch to reusable where you can. Think: keep cups, straws, water bottles, face masks, and shopping bags. Swap out everyday household items for a more sustainable option, like replacing your plastic toothbrush with one made from eco-friendly materials like bamboo.

Heal country

We need to engage with, and better understand, the wisdom and knowledge of First Peoples’ connection with Country, which has continued for in Australia.

Re-connect with your Land — do your research and find out the Traditional Owners of the Land you live on. Proactively seek First Nations wisdom — find their local co-op and connect.

Make use of the cultural resources around you, like museums and , to discover more about First Nations wisdom and history.

Conclusion

Feeling empowered to make some changes to help cut Mother Nature some slack? Us too. After all, there is no planet B, and we kinda love it here.

Belong has partnered with The New Joneses to help encourage sustainable switches. For more information and tips on how we can do better for the people and the planet, head on over to . Give Mother Nature a break and switch to a carbon neutral mobile and internet provider like Belong.

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