Today’s Eco-tip is on our Cleaning Products! We use detergents and chemicals in our laundries, sinks, and bathrooms every day that are transferred into our waterways via the sewerage system. Due to the use of our detergents and chemicals, this wastewater can contain a lot of phosphorus and nitrogen which increases the likelihood of unwanted algae and aquatic weeds in our local rivers and creeks.
To avoid this from happening and help our local waterways, let’s use earth-friendly chemicals when washing dishes or washing your laundry!
Today’s eco-tip to help your local environment is planting Native Plant species in your garden!
Planting Native Plants in your garden provides food and shelter for native birds, butterflies and lizards as well as help provide a corridor to connect native animal and plant populations.
Additionally, Australia has long, dry summers and we suffer from water restrictions and an unpredictable climate. Australian native plants are more drought tolerant then exotic plant species so they will save you money on watering them as often. They are easy to grow and once having an established native garden are low maintenance.
PLUS native plants are our heritage, so by planting natives, we are helping to preserve them.
Today we are focusing on the purchase of Reusable items rather then single-use plastics. Plastic not only doesn’t look great in our environment whether that’s by the beach or in a creek, but they also pose threats to native wildlife such as the Platypus.
So its Day 3 and we are cleaning out our gutters of leaf litter! This helps our local environment and nearby waterways such as the Cattai Creek by reducing the number of nutrients such as Phosphorus and Nitrogen that end up overwhelming our waterways.
Instead of chucking out the leaf litter, I put it in my compost bin, using its nutrients for my garden rather than contributing to algae blooms and aquatic weeds to our waterways.
Composting is a great way to reduce food waste ending up in landfill, as up to half the waste thrown out by the average Australian household is organic matter.
A compost system or worm farm will take grass clippings and leaf matter from around the yard and prevent them from entering the creek. Using it to put on your garden is great as the nutrients will be used to grow veggies rather than growing algae and aquatic weeds in the creek.