Eco-Friendly Habits That Are Super Easy to Adopt

Are you looking to go on a journey of sustainability and eco-friendliness? Well, all it takes for you to head in the right direction towards becoming a more eco-conscious human is to form one or two good habits at a time. Good habits are not necessarily easy to form, but if you choose something small yet meaningful, you will grow to love your new lifestyle. Here’s what you can do for the environment today: 

Choose eco-friendly transportation

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Biking to work and using public transport are much more eco-friendly than using your own car or motorbike. However, having a car today can be handy in many instances, so many people choose to invest in this commodity. But, if you want to be sustainable and have a car, you can look into car share programs in your area. This service gives you access to a range of cars to drive by the hour or day. How is this service eco-friendly? Well, it reduces car ownership which helps control carbon emission, but it also helps the local economy and reduces the need for parking spaces. 

Eat more veggies

If you’re looking for an easy and effective way to lower your carbon footprint, try to adopt a plant-based diet or at least replace meat with beans, lentils and whole grains a few times a week. According to studies, a vegetarian diet can cut your greenhouse gas emission in half, which is a great contribution to a greener future. Veggies are also super easy to compost, so you can reduce the waste in your house in a way that will benefit instead of harm nature. When buying your food, no matter if it’s veggies, fruit or meat, it’s always better to visit your local farmer’s market and support small businesses in your area. 

Ditch single-use plastic 

It’s high time we all forgot about single-use plastic and switched to something more durable and sustainable. This change is often the easiest yet it makes the biggest difference. Single-use plastic like plastic bags, straws, cotton buds, plastic bottles and coffee cups and single-use food containers are incredibly harmful to the environment and they can survive forever without deterioration in the landfill. Many people assume that as long as they are putting their recyclable items into their blue bins, everything is OK. However, unless those items are clean, they won’t be recycled. Less than 7% of recyclable items are actually recycled. You should definitely still make the attempt, but cutting down your waste is a much, MUCH better approach wherever possible.

Luckily, finding replacements for these products is easy. One doesn’t need a lot of money or time to switch to tote bags, metal straws, reusable cotton buds, reusable bottles and coffee cups and reusable food containers. Also, whenever you see a piece of discarded plastic, don’t hesitate to pick it up. You can even take up plogging

Shop in bulk

Switch out anything you can to bulk and re-use the containers and bags when shopping. This is even easier of you have a Bulk Barn or a store close with a great bulk section obviously. It’s a great way to keep from succumbing to tons of packaging waste. It also almost always saves you money. If it’s not saving you money it’s the same cost. It never costs MORE to buy in bulk.
 
You can re-use the same bag for the things you buy often. Put the contents and number on the bag or container for reference. Decant when you get home into the proper jar or container and then roll the bags up holding them rolled with their tie. Store your bulk bags and containers in your fabric shopping bags for next time. Easy peasy. 
Also, it’s not just flour and baking goods that can be found in bulk. You can get cleaning products, fabric, screws to fix things at the hardware store, etc. If you purchase it often, see if you can buy it in large quantities.
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If you don’t have a great bulk section in your grocery store, TELL THEM TO DO BETTER. And keep telling them. Talk about it with other customers. Get on their social media pages etc. Squeaky wheel stuff. It’s a trending topic right now. And the more people talking, the more people will talk. Sometimes you just need to give them permission to share their opinion.

Control your thermostat

Getting chilly in the winter or too hot in the summer is really uncomfortable. Instead of reaching for your thermostat right away though, you can be more energy-efficient and resourceful. Take different steps to make your house more pleasant. For instance, in winter, keep your thermostat one or two degrees lower. If you notice the difference (and you might not at all), grab your cozy blankets and sweaters to warm up. In summer, keep your air conditioner one or two degrees higher. Seal the gaps and close your blinds to block the heat and create good air circulation. 

Thrifting

Another great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to go thrifting or buy consignment. Every time you pass on buying new clothes and opt for used items, you’re keeping things away from the landfills. This shrinks your carbon footprint. By choosing preloved fashion, you’ll not only find amazing pieces but also save a lot of money. When you’re ready to let go of your old items, consider reselling, donating or passing them on to friends. Thus extending the life of garments even more. This isn’t quite circular, but it’s close.

Make your own cleaners

No matter how hard you try to keep it forever clean, your house needs cleaning more than what’s desirable and eco-friendly. Classic cleaning products are loaded with chemicals and toxins. These pollute the water and soil and harm animals and plants. Today you can easily find septic-safe products at the stores. However you can easily make your own cleaning products with simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon and essential oils. 

These changes in habits might seem small. Think about this though. If every single person on Earth adopted them, we would make a big difference. Let’s give our aching planet some time to recover and ensure a healthy and green future for our kids. 

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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