- Take your own mesh bags for loose fruit and vegetables or just put your items loose in your trolley.
- If you are a family that uses a lot of milk, you could buy fewer, larger containers; for example, 2 x 3 litre bottles rather than 3 x 2 litre bottles.
- Buy concentrated fabric softener rather than a new plastic container each time.
- Buy laundry powder in a cardboard container rather than liquid in plastic bottles (Or you could make your own laundry liquid - see this week’s Handy Home Hint!)
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Get out the cookbooks rather than buying pre-packaged meals (and there are lots of simple recipes on your local Little Aussie website).
- Buy your meat from a butcher rather than the packaged alternatives.
- Grow your own herbs.
- Buy a reuseable razor rather than disposable ones.
- And remember to take bags from home when you go shopping.
Decorate your cloth shopping bags
Why have boring shopping bags when you can let your creativity fly on a different canvas.
Use fabric paint or fabric markers (like 'Stained by Sharpie' pens) to make your shopping totes your own.
This can be a fun project with the kids, where they can paint, sew or glue on embellishments.