Being a little more environmentally friendly every day doesn’t mean giving up electricity, refusing to use cars, only wearing clothing made of hemp or swearing off meat (though you could do all of that too). Doing things that help the environment in a big way don’t have to affect your routine in a big way. Some simple tweaks to your every day can make a sizeable difference.

Start a compost bin

Rather than throwing away your scraps, try composting. Your compost vessel doesn’t have to be fancy, you can buy yourself a commercial plastic bin, use a wooden crate with the bottom poked out or repurpose a large container (just make sure it’s big enough). Place your bin in an area outside that has good drainage, you don’t want your scraps sitting in a puddle when it rains.

To begin with, throw in some sawdust, straw or dried leaves to get the compost process started. Then start adding your throw away scraps. You can put fruit and veg, green leaves, coffee grounds, tea bags, plant matter and green weeds into the compost. Do avoid putting any meat products, eggs, dairy or pernicious weeds in there though as they hinder the composting process. The whole process is environmentally friendly and your garden will love the extra nutrients from the compost bin.

Invest in a menstrual cup

The average woman uses approximately twenty pads or tampons every month, multiply that by almost 3.5 billion women on the planet and we’ve got a considerable amount of potentially avoidable waste. Enter the Lunette menstrual cup, a medical grade silicon cup that sits in the cervix comfortably (just like a tampon or diaphragm). The cup is reusable and lasts months, if not years. It only needs to be emptied 3-4 times a day and it’s safe for overnight use. Apart from the fact there’s no throw away, Lunette cups will also save you money and the hassle of accidentally forgetting a tampon at work.

Swear off disposable plastic bottles

Apart from the fact that paying $3 for something you can get out of the tap is silly, plastic water bottles are bad news for our waterways and for landfill. Thousands of water bottles end up in creeks, rivers and eventually, in our oceans, potentially causing harm to wildlife. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Investing in a reusable BPA free, aluminium or glass water bottle in more environmentally friendly. Not only will you be doing our waterways a solid but you’ll save your small change too.

Be particular about the fish you eat

Many of the fish popular at your local seafood market are overfished and unsustainable. While we love a good piece of ocean trout or some tuna in a salad, do your research before you buy. Overfishing can cause havoc to the ecosystem and choosing sustainable fish can make a big difference. Not sure which ones are good and which ones aren’t? Check the Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide.