Being greener and eco-friendly is important. I’ve recently come to the conclusion (a little late perhaps) that a lot of my own daily habits are making a big negative impact in ways that I could easily change. So I’ve begun to make some simple everyday changes that for me, make a big difference in my mind and make me feel better about those choices. I say do what you can, don’t fret over the rest. A bunch of small swaps is the best way to be more environmentally friendly to create a personal change. This is where I have started, what can you do to make a new small switch?
1. Use reusable fleece or cloth towels for clean up and spills
I have recently switched from paper towels to pretty much ONLY cloth towels and hand towels for cleans and spills etc. One of my new friends actually makes them and sells them locally at fairs and craft events. If interested contact me and I can link you up to her. Mine has dogs all over them and they work well! SO easy to use and wash and not go straight to the trash (such a waste!)
2.Use green and eco-friendly sprays and all purpose cleaners
I have switched to Mrs Meyers and Method (maybe still not one of the greatest options, I know, but I intend to use doTerra OnGuard products soon and make my own cleaners without real chemicals
3. Only use glass cups and water bottles then reuse them for everyday use
I use my glass water bottle SO often. It makes me drink much more water because I can use my EO’s in the glass BPA free bottle. I use a drop or two of lemon oil and drink water much more through my day.
4. Use cloth bags and such for grocery trips instead of paper and plastic bags
Carry them in your bag with you or at least make sure they stay in your car so you never miss an opportunity to use them and makes it all simple to do
Separate glass, plastic and cardboard from strictly trash and food waste (even better start a compost if you can)
6. Start using reusable beeswax wrap for saving leftover foods like fruit and veggies, rely on glassware for Tupperware instead of plastic
I haven’t gone this far but I have gotten rid of my plastic junky GROSS Tupperware and use glass ones now, easier to clean and more sustainable
7. Walk/Bike more and Drive less if you can
I know this isn’t always feasible but I do believe in the round trip method, get all your errands done at once if you can instead of making multiple trips and drive in one long direction instead of back and forth across town.
Truthfully, I realized what a big impact my actions were making and I just know that I feel better not having so much waste (because I am not perfect in other ways). I will adjust and do what I can to make better choices. What are you doing to be more sustainable and eco-friendly? To lighten your footprint on the world as far as waste and environment? Let me know in the comments below. I’m sure there are more options and things you can do (like using less water, also my downfall) but here is where I’m starting. I hope this helps and I think this will be helpful for someone on the beginning of their green journey like me. Share more below in the comments if I missed any big ones!