It’s everybody’s responsibility to help make the world better, but many of us don’t have enough time to dedicate to it. If you’re looking for extra ways of being eco-friendly or just for a few tips on simple things to change, check out these super easy ideas that even though they’re simple, already helps change the world!
Watch Out For Labels
What you buy shapes the world. Support brands that use eco-friendly materials, support local communities, and don’t test on animals. Look for labels that have special stamps, such as:
- Biodegradable: materials that are biodegradable won't pollute the environment
- Cruelty-free: brands with this label don’t cause or promote any unnecessary animal suffering
- Organic: organic ingredients in makeup and skincare products have fewer or no chemicals in them, so they tend to be better for your body and your skin without causing rashes or breakouts
Next time you're shopping for laundry detergent, dish soap, or even beauty products, pay more attention to the label and know what you are bringing home.
Buy Food Locally
A quick search on Google or Yelp might surprise you with farms that are sometimes only five or ten minutes away, and you'll get fresh, local fruits, vegetables, organic wine, eggs, and even honey (great for the immune system!) and your family will surely be eating really healthy that week. If you don’t have the time, then at least visit your local farmer’s market for a variety of locally grown foods, so you can support the local vendors and still have healthier (sometimes even chemical-free) options to nourish you and your family.
Want to learn how to produce your own organic-free veggies? Check out How to Start Your Own Organic Garden in 8 Simple Steps
Invest in a Water Filter
Proper hydration is key to a healthy body, but skip plastic bottles. Instead of buying uncountable disposable water bottles that will end up in the ocean and hurt marine life, install a water filter at home to always have fresh, drinkable water. This way, water will not come at the expense of the environment anymore and it will even save you money in the long run. Invest in a good water bottle (BPA-free if possible) and always carry it with you.
Ditch The Plastic Bags
Although it may seem convenient to grab a plastic bag at the cash register, the habit is actually really wasteful and those bags end up in the ocean, causing harm to marine life. Instead, bring your own reusable bags on your next shopping trip, and keep some in the car at all times. This way when you have an unexpected trip to the grocery store, you can carry the bags with you and use them instead of plastic bags that will just keep piling up.
Benefit From The Rain
Why not take advantage of the rain? Keep extra buckets in the garage and catch some rain water from time to time, so you can use it to water the plants and wash the car and the exterior of the house. Those buckets can be transferred to gallons or just covered with a lid to prevent any mosquito intruders. You’ll save on the bills and help the earth in ways you can’t even imagine.
Have Your Mug At Hand
Did you know that the average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups per year? You can make a huge difference if you carry your own travel cup, reducing the amount of waste drastically. It’s good to also have a separate one for water, so that you can always use the same one, without needing to get a new plastic cup everyday. Bonus tip: Some coffee shops (including Starbucks) provide discounts for those that bring their own cup.
Hitting the supermarket while hungry is a big no-no, since we always bring many unnecessary food options home. But if you plan ahead and make smart shopping lists, you’ll avoid impulse buys and loading up the cart with items you’ll just end up throwing away. Plan a week’s meal in advance, writing down the ingredients needed on a list and stick to it during your next trip to the store.
One big bag of rice uses less plastic than five smaller ones, so consider purchasing bulk quantities of food. Store them properly and be careful with expiration dates. Bulk quantities will not only waste less plastic and packaging, but they also tend to be cheaper in comparison, saving you money. Pasta, rice, cereal, beans, and nuts are good bets.
A freshly washed kitchen may be satisfying, but beware of common household cleaning products that may be harming the environment as well as your health. Next time you go shopping, look for non-toxic cleaning products that work just as well as the chemical-filled ones, and maybe do some research to find more eco-friendly agents.
Of course there are some things that it’s best to buy new, but there are many times where purchasing a used product is best to save money and the planet. Buying used goods means you’ll be saving water and energy (used to create and transport new products) and reduce your carbon footprint.
Additionally, consider trying to repair your broken appliances and items before purchasing a new one. Stop labelling newer as better and make more eco-friendly choices that will not only help you, but also help the whole world.
It’s easy to help save the planet with just a few small changes to your habits and routines. What do you think of these ideas? Let us know on our Facebook Page or in the comments below, we love to hear your opinion!