The City of Casey's Green Living in Casey Champions help promote sustainable living by sharing their green living stories and tips.
This month we welcome Green Living in Casey Champion Monika Lee!
Largely influenced by her parents who were careful with resources and disposing of waste, Monika's green living journey went to the next level when she discovered Council's environmental and waste events encouraged her to reduce waste inside and outside the home with handy tips and advice.
Having worked in a Medical Centre for many years, Monika was horrified by the waste produced at the centre. So she started arranging for out-of-date medical supplies to be sent to local Animal refugee centres and overseas communities in need.
She also organised collections for bread tags, small plastic bottle lids and soft plastics in the Medical Centre so that they could all be recycled properly.
Her proudest achievement was organising a collection for the Uplift Project, where her workplace collected 580 second-hand bras to be sent overseas to others who needed them.
By reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, as well as only buying what they need, Monika and her husband have reduced their waste at home so much that they only have one small bag of waste per week!
Monika also loves sharing the excess compost seedlings that come up in her compost and was recently able to share 150 tomato seedlings with friends and neighbours.
Their kitchen upgrade also involved producing a limited amount of waste as it was done by a local business that resprayed all the surfaces, rather than replacing them. So, the kitchen went from green to white, and no new items were needed!
Monika’s top three ‘Green Living’ tips are:
- Start with small changes: separate and collect your soft plastics, or make sure you are recycling everything you can.
- Start a compost bin: you can reduce your waste, create great soil for your garden, and you get bonus compost seedlings.
- Donate unwanted items that are still in good condition to the opp shop so they have another life. Buying items from the opp shop is also a great way to save money.
Interested in becoming a Green Living in Casey Champion?
Whether you are just starting your green living journey, are a keen composter or gardener, or work hard to reduce your waste – if you are committed to sustainable living we would love to hear your story.
By sharing your sustainable living story and tips you will help others in our community live their best sustainable life, which will go on to help our environment. Find out more and apply now.
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