Over the past few years, many millions of people have taken steps to begin lowering their carbon emissions and the amount of waste they throw out. We recycle more, we switch to energy-saving light bulbs, and we put our leftover food into compost bins. All of these things are great first steps to take when it comes to looking after the environment. And although remembering to recycle yesterday’s newspaper instead of putting it in the regular bins seems insignificant, over time it can add up – especially if lots of people are doing it.
But some families have taken it further. One example is the family of Bea Johnson – the author of the book Zero Waste Home, which instructs families on how to live a Zero Waste life. Since 2009, Bea and her family have reduced their household waste to an astounding one-litre jar a year. For many families, they wouldn’t even be able to fit their waste for a single day into the same sized jar.
You might be wondering just how they do it – and how you can take your first steps to living in a Zero Waste Household, too. Just some of the ways Bea reduced her family’s waste are:
Just some of the things that Bea no longer finds she needs to purchase once she started getting creative include:
Overall, Bea and her family saved so much money that they were able to install solar panels on their roof, saving them even more money in energy bills.
Lauren Singer, who was inspired by Bea’s lifestyle, began living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, too. Over three years, she produced only enough rubbish to fit inside of a small mason jar. She credits her success to composting leftover food, buying food in bulk with no packaging, and buying second-hand clothes.
So, what can you do to begin on the path to a Zero Waste Home?
Buying your food in bulk and taking your own containers to bring them home in will reduce your waste significantly – as will shopping for your fresh fruit and veggies at a farmer’s market and getting your meat fresh from a butcher.
Cleaning supplies not only take up a lot of space in your cupboard, but any homeowner will know that opening the kitchen sink leads to a treasure trove of plastic bottles.
Many basic and effective cleaning supplies can be made at home using a small number of ingredients, such as bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar.
While not directly relating to your household waste, we all know that driving isn’t the most environmentally friendly of practices, especially if you’re doing it every day. Instead, try using public transport or car sharing to get to work, and if you know you have plenty of errands to run, try to fit them all in the same day. This will reduce your fuel consumption, leading to more money in your pocket and less congestion on the roads.
Plastic bags are nothing short of a menace to society, and the less you use them, the better. Take your own fabric or long-life bags to markets and shops, and say no to plastic bags. The environment will thank you for it.
By now, we’re all pretty aware of how important it is to recycle, but it pays to stay vigilant. Place your recycling bin in a prominent position in your home so that it’s easy for you and your family to recycle, and if you’re undergoing a big renovation, hire a skip bin from a company that ensures your waste will be properly and efficiently recycled.
If you haven’t quite managed to get your waste down to a mason jar, our skip bins are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs. Get in contact with Bonza Bins today to see how we can help you.
You’re moving house. You’ve got the keys to your new place and you’re getting ready to say goodbye to your old one. You’ve made checklists, rounded up all of your spare keys, and packed up your worldly possessions, ready to make the big move.
So, where are you going wrong? We’ll tell you.
You’re taking too much with you!
Maybe you did a pre-move purge that resulted in a thinned-out wardrobe and fewer pots and pans, but we can almost guarantee that, if you’re getting set to move home, you’re taking too much with you.
Think of it this way: the more you take with you, the more you have to unpack, and the more cramped your new home is going to be. This is especially true if you’re moving into a house or a flat that has less space than your previous living space. Some people choose to have a skip bin in their old home, throwing out things they no longer need before they move, and a bin in their new home, to get rid of items that they find do not fit once they’ve arrived. But is that enough?
What can be done? Easy – take less stuff! Here are a few things you can leave behind that will make moving home much easier, and much lighter!
If you scrimped and saved for months in order to buy yourself a retro Smeg fridge that you’ve been dreaming of for years, that’s an example of an appliance that you should absolutely pack up and take with you. If, on the other hand, you’re thinking of loading up your old, rusting, kind of smelly washing machine, then maybe it’s time to think again.
A new home is a time for fresh starts, and this can include your appliances. For anything that has seen better days and just isn’t doing the job properly anymore, you might be better off leaving it behind and purchasing a newer model to be delivered and installed in your new home.
For smaller appliances, consider what you really use. If your morning routine comprises of tea and toast, then your kettle and toaster should come along for the ride. If you bought a high-end blender and a novelty popcorn maker five years ago and you haven’t used them in the past six months – it could be time to sell them on and free up some counter space.
When you consider that mattresses should really be replaced every seven years or so, you might realise that you’re due for an upgrade. If a mattress goes too long without being replaced, it can begin to sag and stop supporting you while you sleep. Over time, it will become more uncomfortable, and you could be left having sleepless nights.
If it’s time for an upgrade, designate your old mattress to the tip pile, and consider upgrading your bed frame too. Old bed frames could be donated to charity and your comfortable new bed could be delivered to your new home.
Not to be rude about your possessions, but there’s a good chance you’re hoarding a lot of junk in your house. We’re willing to bet you have at least one drawer that is set aside for miscellaneous ‘stuff’, and you’re not even completely sure what half of it is for.
Therefore, make it your mission to dispose of as much junk as you can. Get rid of any old wires and remotes that no longer control anything. Throw away the broken nail files and useless batteries that are rolling around at the back of the drawer. Donate old CDs that you don’t listen to because you no longer have a CD player, DVDs that you haven’t watched in years, and books that you’ve only read three chapters of.
Here are some more clutter clearing tips if you’ve got lots of general mess that needs organising.
Ultimately, you could save yourself several trips to the car, laden down with heavy boxes of junk.
If there’s anything in your current home that you don’t absolutely love and that you have no real use for, no one’s forcing you to bring it along. This means everything from the dusty armchair in the corner to the big potted plant that you’re always forgetting to water.
You want your new home to feel as you as possible – don’t cramp your own style by filling up your new space with items you simply don’t want or need.
If you’re moving home and looking to cut back on your belongings, you may well end up with a ‘get rid of’ pile that is bigger than your rubbish bins. Be prepared – consider skip bins! Our cheap skip bin hire in Perth is the perfect way to rid yourself of old and broken furniture that is getting in your way. Contact us today to find out how we can help, or check out our prices here.
Large appliances such as your fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, and oven, are known as white goods, and the process of disposing of them isn’t as easy as throwing out an old pair of ripped jeans. If you’ve decided to replace any of your white goods, then you need to know how to properly and safely get rid of the old ones.
If you’re replacing an appliance that is still in good working condition, you may not need to dispose of it at all. Depending on its condition, you may be able to sell it on websites such as Gumtree or Facebook. You never know what somebody else might be looking for. (For Facebook, try searching “buy and sell + your city or suburb name”. Groups and pages dedicated to trading and selling are becoming very common!)
If your appliance is looking a bit worse for wear, or has a few minor faults but still works well enough, your next best option could be to simply give it away for free. This benefits everyone involved, as you could be giving a helping hand to someone in need and it means you no longer have to deal with getting it removed properly. At worst, you might just have to be the one to drop it off to its new owner.
For some appliances, the original manufacturer will be happy to pick up their old wares once your new appliance has been delivered. They may charge you a small fee for the service, but you’ll be left with the peace of mind that your old appliance will be in safe hands. Most companies have an obligation to dispose of their old machines responsibly, so make sure you ask beforehand what their process of disposal is.
Your council may have specific rules and regulations in place when it comes to the disposal of white goods. In order to avoid running into any trouble or breaking any local laws, make a point of contacting your council and talking to them about any rules that they may enforce when it comes to recycling.
In a best case scenario, you might discover that they offer a service that will dispose of your old goods for you, so it doesn’t hurt to give them a call!
Some people make a living out of salvaging useful materials out of scrap metal. Search around online to see if there is anyone in your area who could make good use out of your old appliance. If you’re not able to sell your machine on or donate it to a charity, passing it onto a metal recycler lets you know that your machine isn’t going to waste.
When it comes to kitchen renovations, some skip bin hire companies allow white goods to be included, while others don’t. At Bonza Bins, we allow white goods to be put in with kitchen renovation waste. Once your bin reaches the transfer station, your white goods are sent to metal recycling, and any fridges are de-gassed to ensure safety. We serve all of Perth with skip bins, and have skip bin sizes that will suit any appliance.
We also like to recycle everything else! Read here about our process for recycling and green waste.
If you’re disposing of old appliances, that can only mean that you’re replacing them with newer models. While you’re shopping for your upgrade, make a point of looking for environmentally friendly options that have long warranties and a history of good service. The less white goods you have to dispose of in your lifetime, the better your impact on the world around you.
Whether you’re expecting guests or you’re simply gearing up for a much needed clear out, the winter months are a great time to spend some quality time with your home and garden. While the heat of summer had us basking on beaches and never going a weekend without an invitation to a barbeque, the cooler months may find you preferring to snuggle up inside.
This isn’t a bad thing, of course, but it does mean that you’ll be seeing an awful lot more of the inside of your home. So, what can you do to prepare yourself and your home for winter?
If cosy is your aim, you might not achieve it with hard floors, bright white walls, and monochromatic furniture. Minimalist decor certainly packs in style, but style and comfort aren’t always the same.
To make your home look the part for winter and add some warmth to your rooms, invest in some thick, woollen blankets, patterned rugs, and plush cushions. Not only will they give your living areas a homely, welcoming feel, but they’ll also go a long way when you want to keep your feet warm in the evening.
Darker colours such as deep reds and blues are the perfect colours for injecting warmth into your home, so pack away the yellow and pink accessories until summer rolls back around.
If there are areas of your home that your mind has been avoiding over summer, not wanting to waste the sun spending time on indoor renovations, now is the time to tackle them head on. Whether you have a big project in the works, such as fitting a new kitchen or installing new floors, or it’s something on a smaller scale, such as re-decorating the laundry room, winter is the perfect time to renovation and re-decorate.
For the small scale projects, a bit of forward planning can go a long way. Sitting down in the morning and writing a list of what you want to do, what you need to be able to do it, and any important measurements can mean that your entire project is done by the evening.
You’re no longer spending your weekends at summer markets and the weather no longer permits evening picnics on the beach – so what are you supposed to do with all of your newfound free time?
If you’re the DIY type, there are literally thousands of things for you to do. Whether it’s reupholstering existing furniture and accessories to fit in with your winter theme or artfully arranging spray-painted logs to give off the impression of a homely wood fire, the possibilities are endless. A quick browse through Google or search on Pinterest will turn up more results than you can count, and your winter evenings will be filled to the brim with projects galore.
No, not because there’s a big storm coming and you’re going to need the supplies. This is still Australia we’re talking about. Stock your cupboards full with the things you like the most and challenge yourself to create recipes that are both warming and wonderful. Whether it’s pumpkin and mushroom soup or cinnamon-infused gingerbread cupcakes, there’s no limit to what you can create.
Not to mention that nothing makes a home smell better than food in the oven.
We know it sounds boring, but winter is one of the best times to make decisions on what you do and do not need. The spare chairs that you always end up bringing out at Christmas can stay, whereas the suitcase with the dodgy wheel and loose handle might benefit from a trip to the rubbish bin.
Dedicating a weekend to sorting through your possessions and discarding those items you really don’t need might seem dull at the time, but afterwards, you’ll be left with more space and a sense of calm. Doesn’t it feel good to be productive?
If you’ve got any renovations coming up in the winter months and are looking for skip bin hire in Perth, contact Bonza Bins today to find out what we can do for you.