A still from the film sustainability documentary 2040 featuring filmmakers Zoe and Damon Gameau and their daughter Velvet.
A still from the film sustainability documentary 2040 featuring filmmakers Zoe and Damon Gameau and their daughter Velvet.

Opinion: Start small and planet will thank you

MAKING simple day-to-day changes to be more sustainable can really make a difference, and it's not as hard as you'd first think.

But once you've decided you want to do more for our environment, it can be slightly overwhelming. There is an abundance of information and innovative lifestyle guides out there to choose from, and you may find yourself wanting to dive in headfirst. However, I've found the most effective way to make long-term sustainable changes is by implementing small steps bit by bit, as opposed to all at once.

Even though we live in the South Burnett and don't have a council-run recycling program, there are still ways to recycle and be more self aware of our impact on planet earth.

Here are some easy changes I've made since moving here:

1. Invest in a re-usable takeaway coffee cup. Mine is ceramic, a pretty green, and easy to wash.

2. Say no to plastic straws and cutlery. I like to bring my own re-usable metal straws and cutlery with me when getting takeaway.

3. Swap cling wrap out. I use beeswax cling wrap instead. Or you could use the Tupperware containers you already have sitting in your kitchen drawers.

4. Bring your own bag and avoid plastic when shopping. There's no need to put your apples in a plastic bag first, you're going to wash them before eating anyway.

5. Start a compost bin. Compost is great for your garden. If you don't have a garden to put the compost in, I'm sure you could find a friend, family member, neighbour, or co-worker who does.

6. Collect your recycling and organise a group drop-off (to save on time and fuel) to the Cherbourg Recycling Centre.

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