Society has now deemed it acceptable to make eco-conscious choices WITHOUT becoming a hippie. YAY!
I am definitely excited that it is all the rage to save the Earth. If you are new to living an eco-friendly lifestyle, or you are simply in search of a tip you may not have heard of yet, this compiled list is for you!
7 Easy Ways To Go Eco-Friendly Today
- Invest in a to-go coffee cup. This is especially helpful if you find yourself hitting Starbucks every morning – buy one of their reusable cups, and not only will you be conserving waste, but you can get a discount on your coffee as well! (This is one of my favorites!)
- Store food in mason jars. Start shopping for bulk items at Sprouts or Whole Foods for almost all natural food items you could ever need. Typically, they will even allow you to bring your own jars and will weigh them in advance so that you’re only paying for the food you buy! You will reduce your waste and it wan’t take up as much room in your fridge or pantry.
- Bring a laptop with you everywhere. Especially as a college student, I find myself always printing what feels like a gazillion PowerPoints and using entire notebooks for a small chunk of material. Using Google Docs, I can keep all my notes in the same spot and easily pull up my documents on any library computer if I forget my laptop. Some college professors won’t allow laptops, and some courses (like Calculus) actually require pencil and paper work, but it is worth using in every other scenario!
- Say no to receipts. Just don’t get them. Ever. Sometimes this may seem futile, since many places print a receipt no matter what, but I promise that you will be cutting down on 50% of the receipt paper that usually would print. Also, every bank statement and purchase is now online. Save some paper 🙂
- When possible, carpool, bike, or walk. You’d be surprised at how much carbon emission your personal vehicle exhausts into the air per day. The EPA estimates that a personal vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. That’s roughly the equivalent of a decently sized African elephant. Now I want you to picture the amount of cars you see on a daily basis. YIKES.
- Buy some air-purifying, oxygen-producing indoor plants. They are cheap, beautiful, and good at cleaning your personal spaces of excess carbon dioxide.
- Post on social media about an eco-friendly habit you use! I am so serious about this one. Every person that sees it will either keep it in mind or actually use your tip. Make your viewers aware! You can be a small part of the movement.
If you try one of these tips, and post about it on social media, go ahead and tag me @kate.hatch or use #nourishyoureden so I can see your post! Go save your Earth! Go nourish and create your personal Eden!