When you think of being environmentally friendly, you may not realize that it can save you money and create a healthy home for you and your family. Even making a few little changes can make a big difference. Check out the list, and pick out some things you can do to become more environmentally friendly.
22 Ways to Be More Environmentally Friendly
Actions marked with a $ sign will save you money!
- Use reusable coffee cups and K-cups. $
- Use reusable shopping bags instead of the plastic ones. Recycle the plastic ones if you use them.
- Opt for a reusable straw or don’t use a straw at all.
- Invest in reusable water tumblers instead of buying plastic bottles. $
- Use washable dishcloths to clean surfaces instead of paper towels. $
- Use reusable zipper bags, pan liners, and food storage containers to cut back on common kitchen products like plastic zipper bags, parchment paper, and plastic wrap. $
- Make your own beauty and cosmetic products. Make your own cleaning products. $
- Reduce water usage by taking shorter showers, turning off the sink while brushing your teeth, and waiting until there is a full load of dishes and clothes before starting the washer. $
- Save on electricity usage by switching to LED light bulbs and turning out lights and turning off appliances when they aren’t in use. $
- Try air drying clothes instead of using the dryer, if possible. $
- Buy resale clothes and purchase classic, timeless pieces that will last rather than supporting fast fashion. Fast fashion is inexpensive, low-quality clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. It is designed to be replaced quickly to keep up with trends and because the clothing literally falls apart and ends up in the trash. $
- Fixing clothes that have frayed, ripped or are missing a button rather than throwing them away. Learn sewing skills for repurposing old clothes such as turning a dress into a skirt or pants into shorts. $
- Donate old clothes instead of throwing them away.
- Recycle items such as plastic, paper, and aluminum if it can be. Make sure to check items before throwing them in the trash.
- Borrow books or get a library card instead of buying them. $
- Rent movies and games instead of buying them. $
- Switch to paperless billing and use electronic methods of paperwork and communication where you can in your work and personal lives to cut back on paper usage. Be sure to recycle the paper you do use.
- Walking and biking to nearby places instead of driving whenever possible. $
- Buy only the food you need, eat everything you buy, and save your leftovers (and eat them) to cut down on food waste. $
- Compost kitchen scraps or regrow new food from some kinds of kitchen scraps such as lettuce and celery. $
- Buy food from local farmers and farmer’s markets to cut back on shipping expenses and support your local producers.
- Incorporate meatless meals once a week or more into your weekly meal planning to cut back on costs of meat production. $
Doing just a few things on this list can make a big impact on your environment. You may be just one person, but every little bit counts. Keep a lookout for my next post in the "Healthy Homes" series about how to clean your home and what to clean it with!
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