Happy Earth Day! It's wonderful to take a day to support the protection of our environment but we need to think about what we can do everyday to be more sustainable.
#1 Tip to be More Sustainable
Being more sustainable is not an all or nothing pursuit. It's about looking at how we live and identifying habits and products we can change to be more sustainable. If you do everything at once you're likely to fail. It's like New Year's when you start a diet, a new exercise regimen, and swear off beer and eating out. Most of us will probably fail if we try and do all those things at once, I certainly would!
My #1 tip to be more sustainable - pick one thing to change and make that a habit before changing something else. Maybe you decide to stop using plastic storage bags. Great! Decide what you will use instead and jump in.
But deciding to eliminate all plastic from your household would be too overwhelming. All of a sudden you see plastic EVERYWHERE. You'll get overwhelmed and discouraged and be more likely to quit.
Over the last several years I have made lots of changes like...
- Loose leaf tea instead of tea bags
- Refillable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash instead of buying in plastic bottles
- Beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap
- Composting food scraps instead of putting them in the trash
- Swedish dishcloths instead of paper towel
You can check out some of my past blog posts about ways to be more sustainable if you need some inspiration.
- A More Sustainable Kitchen
- Want to Live More Sustainably? Get Organized!
- Get the Most Out of Your Food
- Let's Get Sustainable - Composting
- Sustainability and Savings with a Capsule Wardrobe
One more way to be sustainable this Earth Day...buy eco-friendly clothing basics and recycle your old ones. (Yes, this is a shameless plug). Check out Basic Revolution's organic cotton tops, and women's and men's sock boxes. Every order comes with recycling for your unwearable clothing. Keep your old clothing out of the landfill!
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