Earth Day was officially this past Monday, but deep down, we know that one day a year isn't enough to celebrate (and take care of) Mother Earth. In reality, every day is Earth Day and as fun as a holiday to encourage everyone to do their part is, the day to day changes that we all implement the other 364 days of the year is just as important!
To keep the earth-friendly motivation running strong, we thought we'd share 10 simple habits you can implement today to make your lifestyle more eco-friendly.
1. Swap your plastic bottles for reusable ones
Did you know that in the US alone, 1,500 plastic water bottles are used each second? The vast majority of those are never recycled, meaning they end up in our oceans and landfills. A very simple switch that can have a huge impact is simply buying a water bottle and bringing it with you whenever you leave the house. They're easy to toss in your bag and go (in fact, our Carryall Tote Plus has a handy zipper just for your water bottle).
2. Carry a reusable coffee mug
Similar to water bottles, most to-go coffee cups are simply tossed in the trash after one use. The worsen the matter, standard paper and styrofoam coffee cups aren't recyclable because there's a thin layer of plastic added to the inside of the cup to keep the drink warm. The plastic and paper can't be separated, so unfortunately, most are non-recyclable. An easy solution is just to bring your own!
3. Bring your own bags
We know a great place for reusable Market Totes and bags to keep all of your groceries organized and safe. (Wink, wink ;). In many states, plastic bags aren't used or aren't free, so it makes sense to get in the habit of bringing your own bags!
4. Choose public transportation or biking when you can
If you can, leave your car at home and share the road via public transportation or biking. This reduces carbon emissions greatly when done frequently.
5. Make a "Zero Waste Kit" for your purse
Most waste, for us anyway, happens when we aren't prepared. Consider tossing together a small zero waste kit made of a set of utensils, some cloth napkins, a few cloth or plastic containers for on the go food, and anything else that you can think of that will reduce waste when you're out and about.
6. Shop secondhand
Cutting down on buy newly-produced clothing, ethically made or otherwise, is a great way to support local thrift stores, save money, AND save clothes from landfill.
7. Ditch disposables for your kids
Although this swap may seem easier said than done, implementing reusable diapers, nursing pads, snack containers, and the like into your baby or child's routine can cut down on waste significantly. Take it one step at a time and you'll be amazed at how easy it can be!
8. Try "paperless" towels
Reducing waste in the kitchen is another tricky spot. Consider swapping your paper towels, napkins, and other disposables for cloth napkins, rags, and towels that you can use time and time again.
9. Buy in bulk
If you have access to a bulk section, use it! Remember to bring your own containers to further reduce plastic waste!
10. Say no to straws
Straws are so small and thin that they're impossible for recycling centers to sort and break down, so most of them just end up tossed into the landfill. Next time you're out for drinks, bring your own straw or just go without!
What sustainable switches have you made in your day to day life?
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