Green Tips

Janice Hornsveld - TNS Global

  • Despite the title of this tip, it is almost impossible to live a life that is entirely plastic free! However, follow the easy advice below and it will help you to minimise the amount of plastic that you use:

    1. Arm yourself with knowledge
    The first step to using less plastic is to identify what types of plastic you use the most. This means keeping track, checking your garbage to see what types of plastic you throw away the most and keeping an eye out when you're shopping. Take note of this information (yes, write it down!) and then tackle the problem areas one by one. Click here to read full article. Source Care2.com

Claire Newton

  • To clean and polish wood, use a solution of vinegar and water - about one tablespoon of vinegar to a litre of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and give your wood a squirt then polish with a soft cloth. Much more environmentally friendly than commercial polishes and works fantastically.
  • Have candlelit dinners and turn off the lights. Tip: To make candles last longer, put them in the fridge before use. The cold candles will burn for longer and you will need to use fewer candles.
  • When you need to wash your hands, or do some other quick wash, don't turn on the hot water tap, rather use the cold water tap. You will have finished washing your hands before the hot water reaches you through the pipes anyway, but you will have emptied the geyser some and so electricity needs to be used to heat your geyser again. A waste of electricity.

Debbie Soogreem - MIDAS Group

  • Have separate recycled bins for plastic bottles and glass bottles.
  • Plant bigger trees around companies for more shade.
  • Have storm pipes for rain water so that it can be re-used for gardening etc.
  • Use your vehicle only when necessary as the fumes are poisonous.

Helen Aitchison - Travel Counsellors

  • Ronnie Bags (Mondi initiative) to collect all paper & plastic items. They generally collect on same day as the rest of your refuse. You can contact Mondi to check if they collect in your area. They didn’t collect in our road until we asked and now they collect once a week.
  • For larger businesses, Mondi can install a paper recycling drop-off on your premises. They even pay for the paper collected (you do have to collect an awful lot to earn the big bucks but every little bit helps.
  • Collect the plastic tags off your bread packaging. These tags can be collected and money used to buy wheelchairs. Contact Tammy in Waterfall on tammyh@saol.com / 031-7622114 or join her Facebook page
  • Know where your local recycling depot is located. Recyclables include the following: paper, plastic, glass, aluminum foil, old batteries & florescent globes etc.
  • Recycle printer cartridges is you can by re-filling instead of buying new. Cost is less and you are saving on additional packaging.
  • Use your own bags when you go shopping. Get one of those handy fold up ones to keep in your bag so you are always prepared.
  • Grow your own herb / vegetable garden. Both can easily grow in pots so even if living in a flat, there is no excuse.
  • Support local markets where you buy locally produced food wholesalers or crafters.
  • E-mail rather than paper. Everyone is connected these days so wherever possible, don’t print. Rather e-mail. I’m in the travel business so wherever possible, I e-mail confirmations of tickets. Granted sometimes a printed copy is required, but airlines do not require a print out.
  • Link your smart phones to e-mail so information is at your fingertips without having to print.

Kim Reinhardt - Marriott

  • Start a veggie garden at home. Start with something easy like green beans. Not only is it something that is delicious to eat but if you have children, it encourages them to get outside and see how wonderful nature is. It might also make them more eager to eat what “they” have grown.
  • Start a fertilizer heap. All old fruit and veggie peels to be thrown on the pile. Once it had decomposed, use it as fertilizer. Or start a worm farm. This is also fun for children as they can be in charge of feeding the worms with fruit and veggie peels. The castings (or worm poop) can be used as plant fertilizer and the worm wee can be used a liquid fertilizer.

Barbara Brownbill - Standard Bank

  • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle, everything, from tins, glass, cardboard and paper.
    I recycle everything and you will be amazed at the half empty rubbish bin at the end of the month, I collect yoghurt cartons, plastic containers (the ones you buy your ready cut meat or vegetables in at the shops), cottage cheese cartons and glass jars, large tins (i.e. Nescafe tins) for a crèche who does not have any containers for storage or any plates for the children to eat off. Remember, recycle, it doesn’t take much effort

Helet Byron - Sanlam

  • My GREEN tip is drink wine in stead of water - coz water is scarce!!!

Amelia Morgan

  • I have bought my whole family, aluminium (BPA free) water bottles for Christmas - no more plastic poisoning for us or the earth.

Beverley Moore - Hamilton Brands

  • The lasagne, or quiche we buy from Woolworths have lovely containers, I soak them in salt water to kill any bacteria from the Most of Woolworth meat comes in a really nice clear container, like the Tenderised steak, Mince, stir fry meat. I soak them in salt water to kill any bacteria from the food. Use them as serving dishes for sweets or crisps when I have visitors, I can re-use them 3 or 4 times.
  • Leftovers I take to the Spar and give to the carguard.
  • Crusts of bread we don’t eat so give it to my dogs as a treat with peanut butter which is protein and good for them