Recently, I took up the 7-Day Sloggi Love World Challenge, which required me to do something different everyday for 7 days that will help save our rainforests. I am pleased to announce that I’ve succeeded with flying colours!
It was a breeze for me because all I did was making tiny, inconspicuous changes to my existing daily activities and hey presto, I get to contribute positively to the environment as well!
For instance, I’ve started watering my patch of grass with rice & vegetable rinsing water left from cooking. Instead of allowing the highly nutritious rinsing water to drain away, I collect them in a bowl to be used to hydrate my precious grass. It’s a totally win/win situation.
# – Check out the bits and bobs in the water. NATURAL FERTILISERS!!!!
I’ve also decreased the amount of time on the vacuum cleaner. I use the good old broom and dustpan to clean up and guess what? I haven’t noticed any difference in level of cleanliness. On the plus side, I actually get to work out a sweat, which is brilliant for my sedentary lifestyle!
# – No electricity involved. In addition, broom and dustpan are cheap! :)
As I bake cakes and biscuits everyday, I’ve decided to get a reusable silicon baking mat instead of killing trees with buying parchment papers. This is by far my favourite change because (1) I get to save trees and, (2) I don’t need to grease silicon baking mat so my food gets healthier too!
# – My bright blue silicon baking mat. I hope they start making ones in grey or white colour -_-
Since taking up this 7-Day Sloggi Love World Challenge, I am amazed at how more sensitive I am towards things that I otherwise don’t notice at home. For example, I’ve started to see that nobody in our household turn off the taps fully after using, which made me realised that this is probably really common in many homes as well. Can you imagine how much clean water is wasted every second a drop of it falls down the drain unused? Mine is only one house, now multiply by a hundred houses, or a thousand or even a million…..it is both shocking and scary!
# – Make sure your taps are turned off fully!
I’ve also recently bought some new pots & pans that are able to defrost food almost as fast as my microwave! I know, I found it hard to believe too when I first heard of these range of pots & pans. They are examples of how science can contribute to the environment. The bases of the pots & pans are made in such a way that temperatures of objects be they frozen or hot are perfectly evenly distributed throughout. This means frozen food can be thawed without any need of heat or electricity! AMAZING!
# – This piece of meat was frozen solid just 2 minutes ago. Amazing!!!
Since I don’t use my microwave that much anymore, I’ve also switched it off. Ordinarily, I kept it switched on because I like the clock display but hey, what can my microwave do that my wristwatch can’t?
# – Switched off. Now, I use my microwave as a mirror, hehe.
And lastly, thanks to the new additions to my kitchen, I had to do something with my old, inefficient pots & pans to make space. They still work fine so I decided to donate them to charity instead of contributing to the ever growing piles of non-biodegradable rubbish and waste.
# – Old saucepans with flowers on it. I’m sure there are other people who will appreciate them as much as we did :)
There are so many charity bins placed strategically on streets for your convenience to give away perfectly usable but unwanted items, so really, there is no excuse to just discard them indiscriminately. In fact, if you paid just a little bit more attention, you’d probably find that 80% or more of your everyday rubbish are perfectly recyclable…..so really, why not?
At the end of the day, all it takes is just a bit more thinking, a bit more awareness and a tiny bit of changes in habit to save the world.
Thanks Sloggi for opening up my eyes.