If you want to help clean up our planet but don’t know where to start, try these ten easy changes to reduce the amount of plastic, chemicals, and unnecessary waste from your everyday routine.
1. Use an Essential Oil Diffuser
Instead of wasting money on air fresheners each month and creating excess waste, try switching to our Bamboo Aromatherapy Diffuser. Not only will your home still smell amazing, but you will also receive the mood-boosting benefits from the numerous essential oils you can diffuse.
2. Bringing Reusable Straws
If you want to protect the ocean and the animals that live in it, switching to reusable straws is crucial. Plastic straws contribute to the pollution of our oceans and can harm sea-dwelling animals, so switching to reusable straws can help prevent this and decrease pollution at the same time.
3. Reusable Shopping Bags
Think about how many grocery trips you make a year and how many plastic bags you accumulate from them. By using reusable shopping bags instead, you can eliminate this unnecessary use of plastic while you shop, and do your part to minimize pollution.
4. Reusable K-Cup Pods
While we all love our Keurig’s for a one-cup brew, they require a lot of plastic to make the cups. Switching to reusable K-cup pods and filling them with your coffee grounds of choice will help cut down on unnecessary plastic containers, and save you money.
5. Composting at Home
The next time you’re cooking, save your fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells to compost in your yard. Not only does composting your food waste minimize your carbon footprint, it also makes for a great DIY, chemical-free fertilizer.
6. Reusable Water Bottles
Did you know it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose? Swapping plastic water bottles for a reusable one is one of the easiest eco-friendly swaps you can make, and it makes a huge difference.
7. Using Glass Instead of Plastic Containers
Whether it’s for storage or leftovers, glass containers are a great alternative to plastic. Want to be even more green? Have your own container on you at all times to cut down on wasteful single-use to-go containers from restaurants.
8. Creating Your Own Household & Personal Care Products
By switching some of your store-bought products to DIYs, you can ensure your products are all natural and toxin-free. Making products at home also gives you the ability to reuse containers and eliminate excess trash.
9. Shampoo Bars Instead of Bottles
Shampoo bars are a new sustainable trend designed to cut down on plastic shampoo bottles. Stay tuned for a DIY recipe on these!
10. Reusable Produce Bags
You know those small plastic bags that line the produce aisles of your neighborhood market? These bags almost always end up in the trash and turn up in landfills. Bring your own reusable mesh produce bags instead! We keep ours inside of our larger reusable shopping bags so we're never without them.
Whether you incorporate all or a few of these eco-friendly swaps into your daily routine, there’s no doubt you’ll be changing your lifestyle and the environment for the better.