We recently did a Q&A on Instagram and something that kept coming up was, “I want to be more environmentally friendly but I don’t know where to start.” That thought completely resonated with us because we felt the same way just a few years ago. We knew the basics but we didn’t know how to put everything together to start living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Here are my Top 5 Ways To Start Being More Environmentally Friendly Today!
1. No more plastic bags.
Over the next decade we expect many states to follow California in banning single-use plastic bags. It’s one of the biggest environmental issues with over 100 billion bags being used in the US just in a calendar year alone. Get ahead of the movement and start carrying a few reusable totes in your car. Convenience is the enemy of positive environmental change so make it easier for yourself by having the totes accessible in a hurry. You’d be surprised how much you can fit in an oversized tote and as a bonus you don’t have to deal with the clutter that plastic bag accumulation can cause.
2. Don’t buy plastic water bottles.
We used to buy plastic water bottles like it was our job but it is a massively wasteful habit. Not only is it expensive but it’s terrible for the environment. Just because something can be recycled doesn’t mean it’s positive or sustainable. There are so many incredible water bottle companies in the world and we recommend investing in a few reusable options that you love. Once you get in the habit of carrying it EVERYWHERE - it’s a lot easier to resist picking up a plastic bottle out of convenience.
A few of my favorite brands are - Nalgene (made in the USA), Camelbak (made in the USA) and CORKCICLE (not made in the USA but still one of my favs).
3. Start composting.
Composting always concerned me a bit. It seemed intimidating and I couldn’t understand why I would save all my scraps in a bin for a little bit of soil. We eased into it this year and found it to be incredibly easy (and dare I say fun). It became a bit of a game and we started shifting to a plant based diet just to see the compost bin fill up faster. Composting is great for the environment and it’s cost effective if you have a garden. If you live in a more urban area - there may be a way to compost throughout the week and donate it. Some Farmer’s Markets have programs or you may be able to work with a farm directly.
4. Think before you buy.
Through mass marketing we have been trained to think and believe we need certain things. At the checkout we see magazines, snacks, flashlights, and basically a whole bunch of stuff we don’t need. One of the biggest aspects of Millennial Currency is trying to educate consumers on making long lasting purchases. You’ve heard that expression - if you are going to charge something on a credit card it should still be around by the time it’s paid off - we like to think of all purchases in that way. Cheaply made clothes, home goods, and overall products are terrible for the planet and damaging to your wallet. Be sure what you are buying is going to last and that you truly love it.
5. Find the alternatives.
A few years ago we started swapping our household products for healthier alternatives and it’s amazing how quickly the change can happen. We recognized how toxic our cleaning sprays were and started purchasing all natural alternatives or making our own. Once we swapped that, we eliminated room sprays and started producing our own with essential oils. From there we made our own carpet powder, got Bamboo toothbrushes, switched toothpastes to a natural alternative, started using wool dryer balls, swapped laundry detergent to a chemical free company, and on and on. The more aware you are the more eager you are to make changes in your lifestyle and it’s easier to create environmentally friendly habits. Look at the products you are using on a day to day and see if there’s a healthier alternative. Even if it’s a few dollars more it’s likely worth it for the chemical free advantages.
Tell us one habit you would like to change up! We want to hear from you!