Living eco-friendly is something my family has always been adamant about. I grew up learning about how to save energy, and to not litter, so that I can make a little difference in this world. Below, I have written about some of the things you can do daily to live a more eco-friendly life.
Even though it might not feel like you’re making an impact, doing these little things every day will help our planet.
- Use reusable bags: When shopping, use reusable bags instead of the plastic ones that they offer at the store. Even if you forgot a reusable bag, keep the plastic ones they give you! These can be used for covering your shoes, trash bags at home, or even to reuse when grocery shopping.
- Don’t use plastic straws: My mom and sister started doing this much earlier than I did, because I thought drinking without a straw was super inconvenient. However, now at restaurants, or Starbucks, I no longer grab a plastic straw to stick in my drink. This is important because, according to strawless ocean, “We use over 500 million [plastic straws] every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life.”
- Use reusable water bottles: Instead of buying plastic bottles at the grocery store, invest in a reusable one. Tap water is drinkable, and it’s a super easy way to help the environment. An estimated 80% of plastic water bottles don’t get recycled, and are incredibly wasteful.
- Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room: This one seems pretty self explanatory, however you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t do this. You’ll save energy, and save on your energy bill in the process.
- Shop at a thrift store: Reducing our consumerism may be the number one way for us to reduce our eco footprint. Shopping at thrift stores is convenient and cheap. You can also donate your own clothes, and maybe even make some money from it!
- Carpool: Another pretty self explanatory one, but it saves gas, and means less carbon emissions into the air.
- Do your research: Before buying certain beauty or food products, do your research! Do they test on animals? Are they a free trade company? Are they farm raised, or wild caught animals? Do your research so that animals, and companies, and even people are treated better.
Below is a diagram of companies that test on animals vs companies that do not.
Being more mindful can help the environment in so many ways.