Going green is easier than you think with these simple habits to pick up while we’re stuck at home during this crisis!
Going green can feel like a big lifestyle change. But the truth is, it’s not difficult. In fact, every day it gets easier and easier as many companies are going greener behind the scenes and using packaging that is recyclable or compostable.
Surprisingly, some of the biggest impact can be made in small habits by you right at home. Don’t underestimate what you can do while we’re all stuck at home through the Covid-19 crisis. Implementing some or all of these items will help you stay green and some will even save you money.
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1. Watch your water
This sounds so simple, but think about how much you let your water run when you’re not using it. Turn off your water while brushing your teeth, in between dishes, and consider timing your showers. Instead of letting the water run to get cold for a glass of water, throw an ice cube in your cup instead.
2. Clean out & assess your fridge weekly to avoid food waste
Over the last few years this has been a serious focus in our home. It killed me how much food we were throwing away that got shoved to the back. Keeping a cleaned out fridge and having a little organization will help keep you in tune with what’s in there and helps with the air circulation which will keep your food better. We prefer to do this the day our garbage is picked up so that any food items that need to be thrown away aren’t sitting in the garbage. Side note** Think about washing and prepping your produce when you get home from the store so it’s available and ready to eat.
3. Make a decluttering schedule or challenge
This is a similar concept to keeping your fridge cleaned out. Consider weekly declutters. Even if it’s just one area or room of your home at a time. It’s easy to purchase more cleaning supplies, decor, office supplies, etc. because you don’t realize you have all those things right there lost in all the clutter. This will also save you money.
4. Avoid single-use plastic
This is a popular phrase right now and let me just say, it couldn’t be truer. While most plastic items are able to be recycled, it’s still not the solution to our plastic problem. To me, single-use plastic is one of the hardest things to avoid when you consider buying organic or pantry goods at big grocery stores, order items online, or buy or buy anything other than groceries. However, there are some things we can do. Use silicone bags and glass Tupperware, make your own bowl covers, get reusable straws, buy items that aren’t packaged in boxes, try to buy in bulk when you can, or even make your own pantry items that typically come packaged.
5. Hang your clothes instead of using the dryer.
We keep an area next to our washer and dryer with lots of hanging space.
6. Go digital with your banking and invoices.
Are there banking statements or monthly invoices you receive but don’t even open or look at half the time? I know, me too. I decided to go paperless with as many statements, utility invoices, etc. that I could each month to eliminate some of my paper clutter overwhelm and to be greener. There should be a website listed on your invoice somewhere or give the company a call to ask how to set up paperless.
Related article: decluttering the paper – going paperless
7. Keep reusable bags in your cars and by your door so you remember to grab them on the way out.
8. Recycle everything you can
Most items are recyclable now which is fantastic. However, be aware of your cities recycling protocol. Even if some items have the recycling sign, they may not take certain items including numbers of plastic. Some plastics require in-store returns such as plastic bags. Some companies will even take packaging back to reuse it.
9. Try a meatless day of the week
Meatless Mondays have been popular for a while now. If you aren’t ready to go 100% vegan, try going meatless for one day a week. You’ll be saving animals lives and helping the planet! Here are some of my favorite cookbooks with recipes that even non-vegans will love!