A New Year always evokes dreams of positive change, and increasingly he focus is on hoping for changes on a global scale that will combat climate change, improve economies and relieve the pressure on global resources. But it may seem difficult to know how you as an individual can help bring about this change in 2018. Baxton Property Management in Hobart has come up with a list of possible ways both tenants and property owners can make a personal contribution. It can also make their lives easier, and save them some cash in the process.
At first it may seem like throwing a small stone at a giant – more likely than not to bounce off the gargantuan figure, leaving a mark smaller than a mosquito bite, and without the itch. But when that same pebble is instead thrown into a pond, it causes ripples which spread across the water. Finding the right pebbles to throw into the sustainability pool isn’t that difficult either, and it involves little effort to throw them. To start the pebbles moving, Baxton takes a look at some aspects of waste.
Cut Back on Plastic
Plastic is one of the biggest problems. Research has shown that since the middle of last century, 8,3biilion tons of plastic have been produced and about three quarters of that has ended up as waste, filling landfills and destroying the marine environment which is expected to contain in weight more plastics than fish within the nest 30 years.
Empty water bottles are high on the list of discards building mountains of waste. At the same time, manufacturing new ones to replace them is using enough of the world’s dwindling oil supply every year to provide a million cars with fuel – and that’s just in the United States of America. In the UK it’s just as huge a problem. Figures suggest that the unrecycled plastic bottles discarded in one year would go around the world three times if placed end to end.
Shopping bags also gobble up oil in manufacture, and provide problems for marine life as well as the recycling process itself because of their tendency to twist and tie themselves around sea creatures and working machinery with equal ease. Make it your goal to use reusable bottles and bags, and keep them with you when you leave the house.
Straws might seem innocuous, and they do make drinking milkshakes or fizzy drinks much easier. However, like disposable nappies and many other throw-away items, they are not biodegradable. And again marine life seems to bear the brunt of our convenience culture when these plastic tubes end up in their habitat.
Paper is fine, isn’t it? Not always. Paper towels are convenient as they because they clean up oily substances and remove the need to clean an icky cloth. Yet these easily discardible cleaners add around 6 billion kilos of bulk to landfills annually. Cutting their part of that pile back by using cleaning cloths instead is another possible contribution tenants can make to change in 2018.
Lightening the Load
Taking some of the load off by cutting back your personal demand on exhaustible resources is definitely a pebble in the pond move.. But it could add a little impetus to the growing number of ripples being sent out by an increasingly conscious Australian population. So why not give it a try? Swop light bulbs for their LED counterparts, and consider joining a car pool for commuting. It doesn’t have to be every day. Leave some free to allow for stopping for groceries, or other chores you like to do along the way. Who knows? You might even find you like being chauffeured now and then, and you should enjoy the reduction in petrol costs.
These are just some of the ways to leave a few footprints on the road to a greener society. Baxton Property Management in Hobart hopes that one or more of them might be of interest to its owner clients, and to the tenants who live in their rental properties. Keeping tenants and owners informed on lifestyle, tenancy, investment property management, health and other issues is the aim of the Baxton daily blog on their website.
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