We’re excited to see Captain Fantastic (in cinemas 8 September), and all our 2 person boxes are receiving a 2-FOR-1 pass this week! The movie follows a Dad’s quest to keep his kids off the grid in the American wilderness before tragedy strikes and they must enter society for the first time. The plot got us thinking about how hard it would be to live without all the modern comforts we have become reliant on. The answer is very hard. While we don’t think we’ll be able to go 100% green just yet, we think these simple sustainable living steps are a great way to decrease our carbon footprint at home.

  1. Become a member of a community garden: It isn’t just about growing your own food, being a member of a community garden helps to promote sustainable living in your area. Gardens create green spaces and the garden waste can be mulched and returned to support healthy soil.
  2. Stop unwanted mail: Save natural resources by opting out from billions of unwanted mailings and simplify your life. Groups like Clean Up Australia explain here how to opt out of junk mail or report irresponsible distribution of junk mail.
  3. Start using natural cleaners: Take an hour or so to research some home-made options for natural cleaners. By using natural cleaners, you are reducing the amount of plastic packaging being made, and the amount of chemicals that are being introduced to the water system. There are some greats ones on the market too, likeResparkle.
  4. Change the lights in your house - and TURN THEM OFF!: By changing the lighting in your home from traditional light bulbs to CFL (available at any hardware store), using skylights and more natural light you will reduce your demand on energy resources significantly. Remember to turn your lights off when you’re not using them too!
  5. Unplug devices when not in use: Most electronic devices keep on drawing electricity even when they’re off. To reduce energy usage, simply pull the plug when not in use. It will help you to save energy and reduce your monthly electricity bill.
  6. Walk, bike or carpool to work: Reducing cars on the road not only promotes sustainability by reducing pollution and the consumption of natural resource; walking or biking to work will also improve your health and reduce strain on public health resources. Even car-pooling assists sustainability as it provides a social outlet that can improve the quality of life. Research has found that there is a direct correlation between your quality of life and how sustainably you live.
  7. Practice minimalism: Minimalism doesn’t mean living without anything, it means that you are making sure that everything you own and use is put to its maximum purpose. This means waste materials as well. With a minimalist lifestyle, you will recycle more, and be more mindful of the items you support being produced so that sustainability is emphasised.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fE06EJ9gSEimage