How to Create a Sustainable Landscape Design

How to Create a Sustainable Landscape Design

Sustainability has been on many people’s minds in recent years. We want to use less energy and chemicals, and we want to spend less money. This is all possible with a sustainable landscape design.

What does a sustainable landscape design look like, and how can you create one for yourself? Read on to find out.

Understanding the Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design

Before you can create a landscape design that emphasises sustainability, it helps if you know what it is. Sustainability in a landscape design incorporates many things, such as water saving, energy saving, biodiversity, produce growth, and pollution reduction.

You might incorporate all of these factors into your design or simply a few. However, having an awareness of them all can allow you to put more thought into the design process to make sustainability your priority.

Step 1: Measure

For accuracy and precision when purchasing products for landscaping, and the landscape process itself, make sure you measure everything. Draw the shape of your property and its boundaries on a piece of paper and measure along the edges.

Measuring the positioning of plants and trees that you’ll be keeping in place can also help you decide how to work around them and make the most of the space.

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How to have a Zero Waste Christmas

We all love a good Christmas don’t we? Crackers, loads of tinsel, beautifully wrapped presents, and heaps of delicious food and drink. But with all this good cheer have you ever thought about the impact Christmas has on our planet? It is estimated that Australians are going to spend over $22.1 billion dollars this year just on Christmas – wrapping, christmas crackers, throwaway gifts …the list goes on. Christmas happens but once a year but the plastic that comes with it can last up to 1000 years in landfill! Here are a few simple ways you can reduce your environmental footprint this Christmas:

Stop buying cling film and invest in BPA free reusable containers or use beeswax wraps which will keep those leftovers fresh for Boxing Day. Try Ever Eco Bento Stainless Steel Boxes or Apriwraps – beautifully printed organic cottons coated with a unique compound of natural food ingredients to create traditional waxed cotton kitchen wraps. Apiwraps seal onto themselves, on to glass, metal & crockery. They can be used to cover a bowl of left overs in the fridge, wrap a sandwich for work, seal up half a watermelon or to wrap delicate herbs to store.

Yep Christmas is messy but forget the ‘handee’ paper towel in plastic wrapping and use Sumo Ecoleaf Jumbo Kitchen Towel instead. Made from 100% recycled fibre produced from a mix of consumer and trade waste using chlorine-free processing. The towel comes in 100% compostable wrap making the packaging sustainable, renewable, non-polluting and non-toxic. This super-absorbent, great value jumbo roll lasts as long as three regular kitchen rolls. Ecoleaf work in partnership with Treesponsibility to minimize the environmental impact of their products.

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