It’s hard to believe, but fall officially kicked off a week ago and it’s nearly 2019. We are almost two decades into the new millenium, and people are starting to accept and understand the harm that our lifestyle and use of plastic has done to the environment.
Check out this article if you need proof.
To some, adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle seems daunting and, frankly, expensive. Plastic is popular because it’s cheap. But now we are filling our oceans and landfills will it, killing our wildlife and polluting our resources.
Whether you’ve been living green for years or you are wanting to take some steps toward making your home more sustainable, here are five fast and affordable things you can (and should) be doing in your home to reduce your carbon footprint on our planet:
Stop buying paper products. I’m talking paper towels, napkins, paper plates, plastic cups… all of it. Just. Stop. Use the dishes in your cabinet, and clean up spills with dish towels. You’ll produce far less trash, and save money too.
Say “no” to plastic grocery bags. Plastic bags are ending up in our oceans and killing our marine life.
Invest in some reusable shopping bags and don’t forget your reusable produce bags (sign up for our newsletter and get 30% off your first order!) and you’ll make a huge difference in your household’s impact on the oceans.
Ditch the chemicals. You’re not the only one who has a cabinet full of cleaning supplies chock-full of chemicals. Fortunately, there are alternatives… and many of them you already have around the house. Check out this list of natural and safe cleaning supplies.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. It seems obvious, yet so many people still aren’t recycling. Look up your city’s regulations to make sure you’re separating your recyclables correctly.
Drink tap water instead of bottled. Did you know that it takes up to 1,000 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose? And that Americans buy 29 million bottles of water every year? That’s a whole lot of chemical waste, wreaking havoc on our environment. Stock up on some reusable stainless-steel water bottles (and a water filtration system if you’d like) and save some money by drinking the water right out of your kitchen sink.
Seems pretty simple, right? Let us know if you have any questions, and leave your eco-friendly home tips in the comments!