Buy Eco-Friendly Products:
Many stores now sell eco-friendly cleaning supplies, makeup, and other household essentials. Flip the product over and read what you’re buying. Remember, if you cannot pronounce the word, it’s probably not safe. You want to stay away from phthalates, parabens, BPS/BPA, lead, PVC, oxybenzone (found in sunscreen), 1.4 dioxane and diazolidinyl. Puracy & Mrs. Meyers is a good brand to look into if you haven’t already.
It is so easy to recycle nowadays. Mostly all stores/restaurants have a recycling bin available next to the trashcan, and recycling pick up from your home is much easier these days too. Here is more information on what & how you can recycle.
Use LED Light Bulbs:
LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient. They use only a quarter of the energy a traditional incandescent bulb uses and last almost 25 times longer. Not only are they better for the environment, but they save you money on your electric bill! Find LED light bulbs here.
Buy Reusable Bags:
Head over to your local grocery store (or any store really) and pick up a few reusable bags. Leave them in your car so you can take them with you when you shop. They only cost a few dollars and are very convenient, especially since some hold up to 40 lbs. per bag! Plastic bags are not biodegradable and when they do finally break down (in about 10-20 years), they can cause harm to wildlife and sea life. The picture above is of a turtle swimming with a plastic bag. To us, we know the difference but to them, they do not, they think it is their favorite snack – a jellyfish.
Change Your Thermostat:
During the winter, turn your heat down a degree or two. I know you hate being cold, but that just means you can go buy some more cute blankets from Target! Don’t heat/cool an empty house – if you are going out of town for a few days, turn the temp up or down depending on the season. My house is always at 69 degrees in the winter, crazy I know but a degree or two really helps save on electricity. During the summer, I typically leave the windows open for as long as I can until it’s unbearable but my AC is set to 75 degrees. Again, crazy to some I know but I personally love being warm.
Buy Local Produce:
Not only does this support your local community and local farmers, but it is better for the planet. Buying local reduces the waste from packaging and reduces the use of fossil fuels from transportation. Transporting food requires burning more fuel, and it also means you’re not getting freshest food.
Trees and other plants provide us with oxygen. They are what filter & remove the pollutants from the air we breathe. Plant a new tree every year in your backyard, or help a friend plant a new tree in their yard. Not to mention caring for something from the start gives you a great sense of pride & joy. I personally love having plants inside too! They bring life to my house and I enjoy taking the time to nurture them. #CrazyPlantMom
Just don’t do it. It’s that simple.
Clean Up Litter When You Can:
I know it may seem annoying or gross to pick up another person trash, but do it if you can. If you see anything that you know belongs in a trashcan – pick it up! Doing this will make you feel better about yourself and it may even spread the thought to others who saw you do it.
Carpool & Use Public Transportation More:
When you can, ride with a friend or co-worker or take the bus or train. I know this is not easy, especially for people like me who live in the suburbs, but if you know you’re going to the same place, see if you can carpool and split the gas money. Taking public transportation is also a great way to save money, especially if you can find it for free! I know there is always a concern for taking public transportation, so here’s an example of what I mean: if you don’t live in a city, take the Mega-bus to NYC instead of driving there.
Become More Aware:
Educate yourself & educate your family. Take the quiz from my last post to help you understand your carbon footprint.
Share Your Knowledge:
Being eco-friendly is the cool thing to do! So share what you’ve learned with your friends and family. Take these simple steps and be more conscious of what you’re doing. Make being environmentally friendly your new hobby!