Pumped up: Make sure your vehicle tyres are pumped to the correct pressure, which will make your vehicle more fuel efficient.
Plugged In: Check the efficiency of household appliances by looking for labels or asking staff. Check this website to view European guidelines. www.sust-it.net
Compost heaps or worm farms - If you do not have space for a compost heap, follow Mount Nelson's excellent example and start a worm farm. Order on-line at: www.wizzardworms.co.za
Packaging: check out th SA Recycling website for disposal of packaging items, cooldrink bottles and other plastic items. www.recycling.co.za or www.resolutionrecycling.co.za or drop them off at Oasis Recycling.
Electronic Waste: Electronic equipment should never be thrown on to landfills. For information on what to do with electronic waste go to the Electronic Waste Association of SA website or drop items off Oasis Recycling.
Green Power: Where possible use solar power. Dry washing in the sun instead of tumble driers and buy clothes that don't require ironing.
Pass it on: If you no longer have a use for an item, pass it on. Many charities have second-hand shops which sell practically anything in good condition, plus can use old clothing, bedding etc. for charity. The International Red Cross in Broad Road, Wynberg has a drive through, drop off centre open during weekdays.
Plastics : Many packaging items are recyclable, but where possible re-use bags or opt for biodegradable options such as Good for the Ground plastic bags which can be put onto compost heaps. The bags can be used for sandwiches or freezing plus sheets can be purchased for covering books. Click on the link above to visit their website.
Go Organic: Organic foods are grown without environmentally destructive methods. There are retailers now offering organic food lines, or contact Wensleydale Farm or the On-line Organic market to arrange deliveries.
Fish Resources: Become aware of which species are under threat and are being over exploited. A logo to look for when buying fish is the Marine stewardship Council (MSC) which would indicate a sustainable species or visit the SA Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) website .
Save energy: Look for energy saving tips on the Eskom website.