I love South Africa, I love the diversity of her land and of her people. I love the colour I see in her everyday. She inspires me and gives me the passion to design. And its my love for her that makes me love everything green.
Living a greener lifestyle is easy. You don’t have to go out and buy the Prius or change all your appliances and products to a greener version. Just change the small things that you do everyday.
Have a look at my 5 steps to a greener life and if you can only manage to do one of them, thats fine, you're still making a difference :)
At Redesign Interiors we strive to be a green company. We reuse existing items by revamping them, creating a whole new piece for everyone to love again! We'll even bring in people's unwanted items and re invent them for something in your own home.
Heres one of the chairs we have recycled:
In our last project we used palette's, sanded them down and made quirky signs for a bar. We manage our offices as green as we can too. We use a paper free system and if we do print we used recycled paper. We recycle everything we can, even our teabags. :) Our furniture and office stationery are even green!
So decide on one thing you can do today thats a little bit green and maybe tomorrow you'll do something else and then next week 10 more things and soon you'll be as green as me and making everyone else green too!
5 STEPS TO A GREEN HOME:
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! DSW has cleverly given us an easy option to recycling, they deliver orange recycling bags for all our plastics and paper, and collect it the same day as your normal rubbish collection. All you need to do is add a recycling bin to your kitchen, wash and throw away all your papers and plastics in the separate bin and take it outside with the regular rubbish. Easy Peasy, lemon squeezy.
Where you have the option to ask for your statements to be emailed rather than posted, choose email. Most banks and stores offer this service. It saves you filing countless bills and you save some trees!
Worms! Start a worm farm and make your own compost and worm tee which is great fertilizer for your veggie garden! All you do is keep all your organic scraps from the kitchen is a small receptacle (I use a old ice cream container) and at the end of each day feed your worms! They eat the scraps and make beautiful fertilizer! Check out this link.
This can be a little pricey but harvesting the water from your roof is quick and very effective, and its only a once off cost. You can use all the water collected to water your veggie garden.
Veggies! Plant a veggie garden. You don’t need a huge space and you'll be surprised how much you can harvest from a small patch. Start with simple things like tomatoes and spinach, they are easy to grow and taste fantastic! You'll save money and you cant get anymore organic then picking veggies out your own garden.