Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the things we consume every day and how they affect our beautiful planet. I’ve been trying to be more eco-friendly since my teen years. That was when I started recycling, donating clothes and I even became vegetarian. I would be very mindful of all the notebooks I bought for school. I made sure they were made from recycled paper and after being completely used, I recycled them again.
But these were and still are just tiny little actions in the grand scheme of things. They are not enough. And since I felt like I wasn’t doing the best I could and that the ecological problems are getting bigger and bigger, I decided to make some changes.
I want to share with you 7 things you can do to become more eco-friendly and to help our planet. They are easy, affordable and even though they might take some getting used to, anyone can incorporate them in their lifestyle.
Get a reusable water bottle
Your reusable water bottle will become your best friend! You can bring it with you anywhere and you can fill it with tap or filtered water. You can keep it in your car, in your bag, in your office. This way you can reduce your plastic use and you can always be hydrated! Plus, it also saves you money.
Get rid of plastic bags and replace them with reusable ones
This is crucial! Plastic is literally everywhere, so we have to take a stand and use it as little as possible. And let’s face it, we do not need plastic bags. We just end up storing them at home and never using them or we throw them away and they end up in our oceans.
Honestly, not using plastic bags was difficult for me in the beginning simply because I kept forgetting my reusable ones. But we are creatures of habit so we can get used to anything. You can put a couple of bags in your car and another one in your purse so that you always have them handy.
Most countries nowadays do recycle. So pretty much wherever you are, you can recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal. Only glass can be recycled forever, so it’s important to not only recycle what you can but to try reducing your waste in general.
Bike and walk more
I love things that are not only good for the planet but good for you as well. Biking and walking are great exercises that can keep your heart healthy. They also help you be in a good mood and control your weight. If you walk or bike more instead of using your car, you won’t add up to the city pollution which becomes a bigger problem every day. Try to take advantage of this especially in the spring and summer days. You will certainly feel better and you might even find your new hobby.
Donate clothes and buy second-hand
Clothes we no longer wear or like can easily be thrown away. But why make them go to waste if you can donate them to charity organizations. You can easily find places, groups or charity initiatives that accept clothes. Some people in need can give a new life to your forgotten pair of jeans or T-shirts and you will feel great that you were able to help.
Also, try browsing thrift and second-hand shops. Some great treasures can only be found there and the less new clothes are being produced, the less we add to the bad emissions.
Don’t let your food go to waste
As with everything mentioned above, food can become waste as well. We have all forgotten food in our fridge that eventually got bad and had to be thrown away. So try to make sure this doesn’t happen. Freeze overripe bananas for ice cream, make pesto with your herbs that you wouldn’t use otherwise. Don’t order take out if you have food at home that you neglect. And if you have the opportunity, make compost for all your organic waste.
Reusable kitchen tools
A lot of kitchen tools today are made for our own convenience. Few people enjoy washing up but nature doesn’t enjoy our plastic cups, straws, and dishes either. There are awesome kitchen tools that are reusable. Metal or bamboo straws, silicone molds instead of paper ones or bamboo forks and spoons that you can take with you when traveling. You can buy such items online, in big supermarkets or health stores, so you have no excuse.
As promised, all tips were easy and affordable. Even though they might seem as a hassle at first, we have to stop thinking about our own convenience and we have to take action. Little by little, we can help with something.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”