Switching to an eco-friendly lifestyle can seem like an intimidating process. It can feel like you have to do a complete overhaul of your life to be considered sustainable. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Going green is achievable when it is taken in small steps. By making little changes in certain aspects of your life, you are already making a big difference in reducing your impact. To help you out, here are five ways to make the transition to an eco-friendly lifestyle easier for you.
1. Reduce Consumption
The easiest way to begin your eco-friendly journey is to reduce the amount of stuff you buy. Less items means less trash. Start getting more deliberate with the things you buy, whether it’s at the mall or the grocery. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I need this?
- How long will it last me?
- Do I have space for it in my home?
- Is it wrapped in sustainable packaging?
- Is the item itself biodegradable?
Even if an item is made with sustainable material, you should still think long and hard about whether it’s essential. Practice living minimally, and you’ll find yourself producing less waste that contributes to much of the pollution in the world.
2. Flip The Switch
Too often, we leave appliances plugged and running in the background. An example is the phone charger that we leave in the outlet even when our phone is not charging. This can be a waste of energy. Add your other unused but plugged in devices, and it can all sum up into a huge electric bill. Make it a habit to turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Not only does it save you energy and money, but it also protects your appliances from the damaging effects of power surges, which can gradually wear its condition.
3. Say No To Plastic
Plastic is one of the worst offenders in nature. They harm the environment because they take a long time to biodegrade. One way you can help is by rejecting plastic in your life.
When shopping at the grocery store, bring reusable sacks for produce, and use your own container for meat. Also, take with you a reusable shopping bag. When at the coffee shop, bring your own mug instead of using their plastic ones. When buying take-out, bring your lunch box instead of having them wrap it in plastic. Refuse to buy plastic water bottles and bring your own reusable water bottle instead. All of these are little changes you can make to reduce plastic in your everyday life.
4. Switch from Chemical to Natural
Take a look at the ingredient list of the products you use in your home from your face cream to your toilet cleaner. You’ll be surprised by how much of the ingredients used to make these products are highly toxic. Start switching to more natural alternatives.
For example, did you know you can make an all-purpose cleaner with just lemon, baking soda, and vinegar? There are plenty of DIY recipes you can replicate so you can begin to live a more natural, non-toxic life in your home.
5. Support Better Brands
A way to make an eco-friendly change is by choosing sustainable brands when you shop.. Some questions you need to ask when choosing a brand:
- Do they source their materials ethically?
- Do they test on animals?
- Do they pay their employees a fair wage?
- Do they support ethical causes?
Whether you’re buying something as small as your daily cup of joe or deciding on a big purchase like an organic mattress for better sleep, you should take some time to reflect on these questions. It is one way to make your voice heard so that companies start doing better.
Which of these steps are you going to take first? Share your thoughts in the comments!