Now that an increasing number of bars, restaurants and grocery stores are ditching single-use plastic items such as grocery bags and straws, why not think of other ways to decrease your carbon footprint and help Papatuanuku – Mother Earth? The easiest place to start is in your home.
1.Use reusable bags when shopping for groceries or other items. Avoid plastic when buying meat by asking the butcher to wrap your meat in butcher paper. At home, line your rubbish bins with paper. If you can, compost your wet waste to avoid leaving a mess for bin collectors.
Hot tip: Keep your reusable bags in your car!
2.Buy in bulk when you can. Fill up reusable containers with items such as pasta, grains and dried beans. Use jars and other reusable containers for storing leftovers and snacks instead of plastic containers or zip-lock bags. While you’re at it, store your loaf in a cloth bread bag or wrap it in cloth and pop it into a breadbox.
3.Say sayonara to plastic wrap and purchase alternative cloth wraps such as ones that are covered with beeswax, which acts as a sticking agent.
4.Trade your single-use personal hygiene products in plastic containers for solid personal hygiene products. Cosmetic companies such as Ethique have started introducing bars of solid shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and more.
5.Swap your plastic toothbrush for one made from eco-friendly material, such as bamboo.
“The opportunities for luxury living continue to grow at The Russley Village, with foundations about to be poured for The Ashley Suites,” says Village Manager Wayne Thompson.
The Ashley Suites will host resthome and hospital level care and the top floor will contain eight serviced apartments, enabling residents to receive resthome level care in their home if required.
Completed only last December, the Sefton Apartment complex is almost fully occupied with one bed apartments still available. The Sefton Block is home to the glorious 15m x 9m swimming pool and spa pool.
The residents of the existing country estate style 47 villas and 63 spacious apartments (one, two and three bedrooms), have a short stroll to the fully licensed Abode Café and Brasserie, the boutique cinema and the Pavilion which contains cardio room, group exercise space for indoor bowls, low impact exercise classes and dancing. The bowling green is soon to be upgraded which will allow its use for croquet – hoops will be able to be inserted into the green!
“The Russley Village sets a new standard for retirement villages – in terms of physical design, architectural individuality, social variety and quality of care,” Wayne says. “Demand is high, which means people need to plan ahead if they would like to join our warm and inclusive community. So book a visit, finishing with coffee in the café then a stroll around our award-winning gardens.”