How can you swap your water habits this summer?
With all the rain lately, have you thought about how it could be used around the home?
By swapping drinking water for rainwater in the right places, you can take advantage of all this rain by maximising the benefits of your rainwater tank and reduce your water usage.
Try using rainwater to:
- flush your loo
- wash your clothes
- top up your pool
- water your garden.
Don't forget to make sure your rainwater tank is connected, and switched to rainwater for the toilet and washing machine.
There's some other great ways to swap and get the most out of your garden:
- choose drought-hardy plants instead of thirsty ones that require a lot of watering
- catch water in a bucket while waiting for the shower to find the right temperature and save it for your plants.
Check out our Love water site for a great guide to maintaining your rainwater tank and other waterwise tips.
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Have you thought about incorporating some sustainable swaps into your routine this summer?
Why not switch up your shopping routine with some alternatives that are good for your wallet and the environment.
Change up your back to school shopping list:
- Try reusable beeswax wraps instead of clingwrap or seal up bags for the kids lunches
- Choose refillable pens and pencils
- Reuse last year’s lunchbox and schoolbag – do you really need a new one every year?
There are plenty of easy bathroom swaps such as:
- Using a reusable safety razor instead of plastic disposable ones
- Using an electric toothbrush with a replaceable head piece or swapping your manual plastic brush for a bamboo one
- Swapping your bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash for bar alternatives
Reduce waste and keep the kitchen clean by:
- Purchasing bamboo handled and natural bristled dish scrubbers instead of plastic ones
- Using biodegradable or washable kitchen cloths instead of paper towel or antibacterial wipes
- Trying bars of dish soap instead of constantly purchasing plastic bottles of detergent
Be more water savvy, try:
- Choosing drought-hardy plants instead of thirsty ones that require a lot of watering. Use the Plant Finder tool to help find the right one for your garden https://lovewater.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/garden/plant-finder
- Catching water in a bucket while waiting for the shower to find the right temperature and save it for your plants.
Visiting the beach, going on a picnic or having a party this summer?
Why not try some simple #SummerSwaps that are good for your wallet and the environment?
- Use reusable plates, cups and cutlery instead of disposable ones. Investing in a picnic set will serve you for years to come.
- Get creative and make party decorations such as confetti out of colourful leaves using a holepunch, and try ribbon instead of streamers.
- Make sure to recycle cans and bottles – did you know cans are infinitely recyclable?
- Swap to a reef safe sunscreen which is better for your and the ocean.
- Stay hydrated and disposable plastic free – bring a large reusable water bottle with you when you’re out and about this summer. Remember to take advantage of our water refill stations across the Coast.
- Pack snacks in reusable containers for a zero-waste trip. If you do have to throw something away, please don’t sit it on top of a full bin, take it with you to prevent it ending up in our waterways.
Remember to share your summer savvy tips with us on your favourite social media channel using #SummerSwaps
Christmas summer swaps
Christmas may be over but you can use these ideas for birthdays and other celebrations all year round.
Did you know that we spend an estimated $400 million on unwanted gifts each year in Australia? Many of these end up in landfill.
We have come up with some simple #SummerSwaps – small changes you could make to your Christmas preparations and holiday festivities to help reduce waste, save money, and make the festive season that little bit special this year.
We want to hear your ideas as well! Share your suggestions for swaps on socials using #SummerSwaps and we'll share some of them to inspire others to get creative and gift thoughtfully.
So why not try some of these Christmas Summer Swaps:
- Swap your paper wrapping for a fabric bag or some beautiful pieces of material and ribbon and make the wrapping part of the gift. If you do use wrapping paper avoid glittery or shiny wrapping paper as the plain paper kind can go in the recycling bin.
- Swap fast-fashion for second-hand and wear a second-hand outfit to your celebrations. Exchange clothes with friends and family, browse your local op shops or if you’re after something specific or designer check out clothing rental sites to find the perfect outfit waste-free for a fraction of the cost.
- Look closer to home for your Christmas shopping list this December. While it may be tempting to do all your Christmas shopping online, behind the convenience of shopping with a click is mountains of packaging waste and millions of transport kilometres. By shopping locally you’re supporting local community run businesses, helping the environment by avoiding unnecessary packaging, and giving thoughtful, unique gifts.
- Buy or make handmade Christmas decorations. From food to succulents, dried flowers and driftwood the options are endless. You can do it yourself or buy locally made ones and support small businesses.
- Planning a party or get together? Here’s some simple swaps that are good for your wallet and the environment. Use reusable plates, cups and cutlery instead of disposable ones, get creative and make party decorations such as confetti out of colourful leaves using a holepunch, and ribbon instead of streamers, and make sure to recycle cans and bottles – did you know cans are infinitely recyclable?
Have a fantastic festive season and remember to share your #SummerSwaps with us! Together we can #KeepTheCoastClean and #LoveCentralCoast