It’s not ground breaking news that our consumption habits need to scale back drastically for the sake of our planet’s health. However, with the eco-conscious movement growing, all the information out there can become overwhelming when it comes to thinking of what exactly we can do to save our oceans or lessen our contribution to the billions of tons of waste churning out into our home planet.
Like with anything, changing up your lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight and if you do try to completely overhaul your habits in a short amount of time, chances are you won’t be able to stick to it. Instead, opt for small wins and start with a few changes that aren’t too drastic. With that said, try to incorporate these small and simple eco-friendly living basics, that when done collectively and consistently, can have a big and positive impact.
1. Upgrade your shopping bags
We would say reusable shopping bags are a definite upgrade from the usual single-use plastic bags and brown paper bags. Not only do they stand the test of time, are far more reliable with carrying heavy loads, and are infinitely better for the environment, they look good too.
If you haven’t incorporated reusable shopping bags in your shopping routine, this is perhaps the easiest eco-friendly living switch you can make. Eco bags come in all kinds of varieties. Water proof vibrant nylon bags, gorgeously weaved cotton mesh bags, sturdy canvas bags etc. Show off your gorgeous produce and match your healthy choices with a reusable bag that shows you care for the planet’s health too.
2. Carry your own water bottle
Give your frequent hydration habit an eco-conscious upgrade by carrying around a water bottle. There are so many options out there to suit your lifestyle, and becomes far more convenient to carry around than go to a store to purchase bottled water.
The varieties of water bottles are endless. If you like packing light, opt for a collapsible water cup, if you like to be ready for anything throughout your day carry around a 24 oz bottle or larger. Go for clear drinking bottles if you want to show off some beautiful fruit and herb infused water, or keep a thermos on hand instead if you like touting around hot or cold beverages.
Carrying around reusable water bottles helps protect the environment from millions of single-use plastic water bottles and they are also healthier for the body because you don’t have to worry about drinking microplastic particles that can leech into you water.
3. Master saying ‘exclude the cutlery please’ when ordering in
Have you ever ordered food to be delivered to your home and ended up throwing away the bendy and unsturdy plastic cutlery because you have your own? That plastic cutlery is a classic waste of single-use plastic that ends up as plastic pollution in the environment. A simple, free, and almost no effort way to reduce waste is by simply indicating in your delivery order to exclude the plastic cutlery, especially if you have your own cutlery at home and plan to use.
4. Make your own meals
Do we really need to make a case for home cooked meals? Home cooked meals have the benefit of having full control and knowledge of what exactly goes into your food without having to worry about dodgy added ingredients all while being cost effective, especially if you want a high quality and nutrient dense meal.
With a little planning and investing an extra hour for a week’s worth of food prep, making your own meals and beverages at home is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to eat food while simultaneously reducing waste from single-use take out containers, cups, and utensils.
5. Segregate your trash
Not all waste is created equal. You have varying degrees of waste according to how refined they are and how quickly they decay. You can help reduce waste by simply separating your trash. While this varies from city to city and country to country, check in with your local waste management systems with how they segregate trash and do your part accordingly.
For example you can segregate trash from wet and dry, or separate recyclable from non-recyclable, or go even deeper and separate glass, paper, plastic and food scraps etc.
An eco-friendly lifestyle is exactly that, a lifestyle. Starting off with small switches, like using eco bags instead of plastic bags, and help pave the way for positive and lasting change.
Eco-friendly living and helping protect our planet takes commitment, not a miracle. What other green-living lifestyle tips do you follow? Let us know in the comments below.