Esperance is a beautiful town of lovely beaches, diverse wildlife and a picturesque landscape. From Lucky Bay to Frenchman’s Peak, we are lucky to live where we do, which is why it is our duty to take care and respect our environment. By working together, we have made huge strides in the past few decades toward becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is this like-minded community approach that results in change, and that is why we, as a community, can be the difference people need to see in our town and greater surroundings.
Here are 6 ways we can keep our town clean:
- Reusable water bottles
Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the biggest contributors to landfill and also take three times as much water to produce as each bottle can contain! Not only does plastic have a vast negative impact on the environment, they also require a huge amount of oil to produce. Investing in a good quality reusable water bottle is a no brainer.
- Reusable bags
Just like plastic water bottles, single-use plastic bags are also destructive for the environment. Australia has realised this now, outlawing the distribution of single-use plastic bags, however they are unfortunately still widely used. Bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery shop is slowly becoming the norm. Let’s speed up this process, be vigilant and become completely plastic bag free!
This is another obvious suggestion that can’t be left unsaid. Recycling has come a long way in the last 20 years, having increased our household recycling efforts from a shocking 15 percent to 95 percent! However, there is still more that we can do. With a growing population, the world’s waste problems are only going to increase, so we need to continually find new, innovative ways to deal with our waste.
- Use rechargeable batteries
Batteries are one of the most commonly thrown away electronic items that find their way into landfill. Using rechargeable batteries is a simple, cost effective way of cutting down on waste. While they may initially be more expensive to buy, they are much cheaper in the long run and have greater positive impact on our environment.
- Buying in bulk uses less plastic
Plastic is still used in a huge amount of product packages today. As you buy larger amounts of goods, the amount of plastic used per unit of weight, decreases. For example, buying five, one-kilogram bags of rice will use more plastic as opposed to one five-kilogram bag of rice. An even better alternative is to buy goods that don’t use plastic packaging or goods that allow you to bring your own container and pay by weight.
Living in regional Australia means we will often have to travel long distances. Carpooling not only means less petrol is used overall, but also means you are saving money and creates opportunities to hang out with friends. Another bonus is that less car bays are required when you reach your destination.
Looking after our town, our country and our earth is a responsibility that lies on all of our shoulders. The community spirit at EACS is the very thing that creates effective social and cultural change. This is exactly what we need to continue building upon a culture that nurtures our environment and keeps our beautiful town healthy and happy. If you would like to know more about Esperance Anglican Community School, sign up to our newsletter.