Okay, we know… Life has been pretty crazy since these unprecedented times began (lookin’ at you, 2020) but if you’re anything like us, you know deep down you could do more to live a greener life. It can be overwhelming trying to navigate the choices you have, so we’ve compiled a list of super simple ways you can start being more green in your life. And as a bonus, a lot of the time going green means saving some green, and that’s something we can totally get behind. Let’s get started!
Plant a garden
Hear us out, your garden doesn’t have to be impressive. Whether it’s the limited space you’re concerned about or the fact you don’t have a green thumb, there is a lot to be said for a few mason jars and basic kitchen herbs. Not only will you get to enjoy your very own herbs, vegetables, fruits, what have you, but plants decrease carbon dioxide, increase oxygen, they’re beneficial to birds, bees, butterflies, reduce your carbon footprint, we could go on and on. So whether you’re starting small or going big, planting a garden is a fun and easy way to get a little greener.
Trade your disposable shopping bags for reusable ones
Reduce plastic waste and opt for some large and in charge shopping tote bags that can be used again and again.
Ditch buying cases of plastic water bottles and opt for a reusable one
Not only will this reduce your plastic waste, but reusable water bottles will keep your water colder longer AND you can get a reusable water bottle in any color or design.
Wash your clothes in cold water
Running your cold water cycle while doing laundry uses less energy; going green doesn’t get much easier than that.
Hit the lights
Make it a habit to turn the lights off as you exit rooms in your house. Again, another simple step anybody can take to save a little energy.
Shop your local farmers market
Support your local farmers and snag some delicious, locally grown, and more often than not, completely organic produce and goods. (Don’t forget your reusable bag!)
Thrift clothing and home decor
If you’ve been sleeping on thrift stores, it’s time to wake up. No matter what your style is, just about anyone can find some treasures at the local thrift store, this keeps clothing and home decor out of landfills and fills your closet and home with unique pieces.
Opt for reusable paper goods where you can
Just so we’re clear, we are absolutely not talking about toilet paper, but we are referring to using cloth kitchen towels in place of paper towels and cloth napkins rather than disposable paper ones.