I’m not the greenest person on the planet but I want to be better. I made this list of lifestyle changes not just for you but also for me! I have to admit sometimes being green is the last thing that crosses my mind. Last year when I started seeing a nutritionist, which prompted me to make healthier choices, I started drinking tons of water. Sounds great right!?
I was drinking so much water I thought my tears during workouts were just a result of me being full of water! (haha jk) but seriously, it was good for me but it was terrible for the environment because I was drinking water from plastic bottles. Even though the bottles I used were 30% made with plant and 100% recyclable, I never recycled! I knew how bad it was but I continued purchasing plastic bottles instead of getting a water filter and drinking tap water or even recycling the bottles I used.
I sadly contributed to a portion of that plastic waste stranded in our environment. So today I’m sharing eco-friendly lifestyle changes that we can make together! Let’s work harder to protect and preserve our environment. We must take care of Planet Earth! She is our only home and I’m not sure how soon we can move to Mars.
1.) Use Paperless Towels Instead of Paper Towels
Paper towels aren’t very sustainable, every day tons of trees are cut down to feed the world’s ever-increasing paper towel habit. Using paperless towels instead of paper towels are a great way to reduce waste and save trees + most reusable paperless towels are machine washable.
2.) Drink Tap Water Instead of Using Disposable Plastic Bottles
Drinking water from the tap is much better for our environment than drinking from a disposable store-bought bottle of water. If you’re like me, you’ve probably become pretty skeptical of what could be lurking in your tap water. Because I have these worries, plastic water bottles have been the sole source of my drinking water. I know how unfriendly that is to our environment so recently I’ve considered buying a water filter for my kitchen sink. Once I have a filter I can fill a reusable water bottle with water and drink all the water I need without harming our beautiful environment.
3.) Use Reusable Beeswax Wrap Instead of the Other Stuff
Sometimes we have leftovers after meals and more often than not they go to waste because they don’t stay fresh very long. Leftovers stay fresh way longer when you use reusable beeswax wrap. I love the versatility of this product and it’s highly sustainable! Yay for us and Mother Earth!
4.) Bring Your Own Reusable Bags to the Grocery Store
Reusable shopping bags are amazing! When you bring them to the store with you, you don’t have to use the wasteful plastic or paper bags they provide. I’m terrible at remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags to the grocery store! The problem with me is that the bag I have is so generic. I think you’re way more likely to remember your reusable bag when you have one that fits your personality. Make sure you pick a bag that you actually like, maybe even make it fun and DIY your own .
5.) BYOCC: Bring Your Own Coffee Cup
I like to call this one BYOCC (Bring Your Own Coffee Cup). Coffee and Tea are really yummy but the cups they’re served in aren’t always environmentally friendly. Next time you go out for a warm (or cold) beverage bring a reusable coffee cup with you. Most places will allow you to bring your own cup and the options available online are pretty cool and unique. Remember “BYOCC and save a beautiful tree”
6.) Use Paper Straws Instead of Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are so small, it seems like they’re harmless but they’re not. According to the National Park Service Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day! This is an outrageous amount of harmful and mostly unnecessary plastic waste. Think about the oceans! Plastic straws may be small but they still end up in our oceans and harm marine animals. I love using a straw when I’m drinking an ice-cold beverage just as much as the next person but from now on I’m going to use paper straws instead of plastic.
7.) Use Reusable Travel Utensils Instead of Plastic Utensils
Years ago, I had a friend who would go to Chipotle and fill her food bag with big heaping handfuls of plastic utensils and napkins. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, it was shocking but it didn’t bother me. I even started buying plastic utensils and paper plates to use at home because it made washing dishes less of a hassle. Recently, I discovered reusable travel utensils, they’re obviously better for our environment! I plan on using these whenever I go out to a place that only offers plastic utensils and when I’m traveling.
Plastic Wrap and Aluminum foil are great for protecting leftovers but they’re bad for our environment. I was so excited when I found linen and cloth bowl covers. They’re reusable and it’s a simple way to protect and preserve food, it’s another win for us and the environment.
9.) Get Involved
Lately, I’ve been very inspired to get involved in the causes that I’m passionate about. I don’t just want to change my ways, I want to lead by example. I think we should all lead by example! We should get involved whenever and wherever we can. If we want to help take better care of our environment and save our planet (it’s a very important cause!) we have to come together and inspire others.
There are many ways to get involved in your community. You can Organize a protest to speak out about something that’s negatively affecting the local environment, lend a hand at a local farm, get involved with a local river clean up, or encourage others to carpool and ride bikes to help reduce your city’s carbon footprint. The possibilities are endless and the outcome will help save our planet, every action counts.
10.) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Every Chance You Get
Recycling is very important. When we recycle we decrease pollution, less waste ends up in landfills, and the need for raw materials reduces which means more and more trees get to live. When we reduce our waste and our carbon footprint, use reusable products, and recycle we’re taking good care of our environment. Earth is our only home, there is no plan b. We have to take care of our Planet.
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