Welcome to Earth Week Day 2! I’m sharing a ton of sustainable and eco friendly blog posts everyday this week! Today is all about 10 Ways to Be More Sustainable and Eco Friendly! Over the last year I’ve paid a lot more attention to the products that I bring into my home and try to do a better job and reducing my waste. In this blog post I’m going to share some easy and affordable ways to lower your impact on the Earth.
Yesterday’s blog post was about 5 things I’ve learned about being vegan for 5 years! If you want to learn more about that, click HERE! Don’t forget to follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and Instagram where I’ll be sharing more eco friendly tips!
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10 Ways to Be More Sustainable and Eco Friendly
1. Reusable Shopping Bags
Guys, it’s time to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. It’s even time to stop using the paper alternative too! Reusable shopping bags are so inexpensive and will last you a lifetime! A lot of places will even charge you per plastic bag that you use, so over time, it’s actually cheaper to buy the reusable one. I personally love the Trader Joe’s ones because they are made out of canvas and super durable. Here is a link to 3 canvas ones for under $15!
2. Buy Local
This can be applied to both grocery items and supporting your local businesses. Living in Maine, I can’t always buy local fruit/veggies because of the harsh winters, but I do what I can! I’ll pay a bit more if it means that I am supporting a local farmer here. Check out your local farmer’s markets, find local products inside grocery stores and check out the downtown area for fun pieces to add to your home!
3. Shop Secondhand
Whether it’s secondhand, vintage or antique, it’s a great way to get out of the fast fashion/mass produced products. I love finding awesome pieces at thrift shops or truly unique home decor pieces at antique shops. If you aren’t in an area with thrift shops or can’t find good pieces, I would recommend using thredUP, which is an online consignment shop! You can also get 20% off when you first sign up.
4. Use Sustainable Products
You guys already know how much I love Grove Collaborative. It’s an online store where you can purchase sustainable, eco friendly and natural cleaning and home products. It arrives with recyclable packaging and I feel good about using natural products in my home. I did a whole blog post about Spring Cleaning where I go more in depth about Grove Collaborative and some of my favorite products! If you want to try it out, use this link to get 5 FREE products!
5. DIY What You Can
If you want to either save money or want to DIY, there are so many options! You can make your own cleaning products, sew your clothes, create custom art, etc.
Recently, I found some art prints online that I really liked. Instead of overpaying for that, I decided to paint some of my own prints and hang them up! It was such a fun way to add some color to my walls.
6. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk helps so much! You are cutting down on packaging and transportation emissions. I also will do this for certain items such as food or even toilet paper. Buying the largest options available will prevent me from having to go out as frequently.
7. Eat Meatless Once A Week
If you already do this, or don’t eat meat at all, you’re once step ahead! I’ve been vegan for five years now, but I encourage anyone who does eat meat to do this! By doing this, you can decrease your contribution of greenhouse gases and lower your water consumption! I highly recommend Minimalist Baker, Oh She Glows and Forks Over Knives for some yummy vegan/vegetarian options!
8. Swap Out Paper Towels for Reusable Ones
I made the switch about 8 months ago and oh my goodness it’s been the absolute best! I bought a bunch of white napkins that we use instead of paper towels. If they get dirty, just bleach and you’re good to go. I also switched out using paper towels to wipe down the counters and use micro fiber cloths. Here is a link to my favorite microfiber cloths!
I still will keep paper towels on hand for any random occasions (such as all the reusable ones are in the laundry!), but we go through a roll maybe every couple of months. While the up front cost is certainly more, it will save you a ton of money in the long run and will help prevent single use paper towels from ending up in the landfill.
9. Metal, Glass and Bamboo Straws
You guys already know the drill about straws. Many social media outlets have picked up on the hype about using reusable straws. Why even bother using a plastic straw that you are only going to recycle or throw away 10 minutes later? I have bought mine from Amazon and West Elm. It’s so easy to put one in your bag when you’re on the go. Here is a link to a collapsible one that will fit in tiny purses or even your pocket!
10. Plant an Edible Garden
With spring here and warmer weather right around the corner, why not make an edible garden? It’s a great way to be sustainable and ensure zero plastic usage! There is nothing worse than grocery stores wrapping veggies and fruits in plastic! If you don’t think you have room, think again! You can easily create a tiny garden right in your dorm room, apartment or even if you have a small balcony! I currently am growing basil, which has been awesome! In a few weeks here, I am planning on starting a few more vegetables! Let me know if you have any tips!
Were any of these tips helpful? Do you already do any? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to learn some more ways to become more sustainable!