Let’s face it: we all know the Earth is dying. It’s scary and overwhelming. There are SO many things that need to be fixed to help our planet that at times, it feels like one person can’t do anything. Living an entire sustainable and waste-free life can be difficult to dive into and may cost more than your current lifestyle. So I’m here today with a few simple ways to help out our earth! These things are relatively low cost and can help you reduce your waste. Let’s help out our mother Earth!
First thing’s first: Use a reusable water bottle.
Plastic water bottles aren’t good for the planet. Having just one reusable water bottle that you refill will help out so much! You can get reusable water bottles in almost every color now. There are more affordable options such as this bottle from Target and more expensive ones that will keep your water cold for 48 hours (Hydro Flask makes some great ones!). I’ve started to cover my water bottle in stickers to accessorize and I love it! I never leave home without my water bottle. It has also encouraged me to drink more water and stay hydrated. A win win!
The next thing you can do is use reusable bags.
Most grocery stores sell either cloth or heavy duty plastic bags for a few dollars. Using these reusable bags whenever you go shopping can help eliminate the amount of plastic bags used in the world. I’ve found that these reusable bags can hold more in them than plastic bags and are easier to carry. Plus, a lot of them are fun colors or patterns, which makes grocery shopping a bit more fun.
Another easy way to be a bit more eco-friendly is to get a shampoo bar!
I first picked up a shampoo bar last summer and WOW I love this concept! A shampoo bar is basically a bar of highly concentrated shampoo. There is no plastic packaging at all (and I even have a reusable tin to keep my shampoo bar in). Since it is more highly concentrated, all you need to do is get the bar wet, rub it in your hands a bit, rub your hands together, and you get your suds! There are a lot of different companies out there that are beginning to make shampoo bars, so it all depends on your hair. I am currently using the Seanik shampoo bar from Lush and I am loving it! It makes my hair feel clean and natural, while adding an extra curl (shoutout to sea salt and seaweed!). There are also conditioner bars out there. At first glance, $12 may seem like a lot for shampoo, but you really are getting your money’s worth. I’ve had my shampoo bar for 6 months and it is still going strong.
My final quick tip is inspired by my resolution blog post and that is to shop at thrift stores and yard sales.
Buying from thrift stores and yard sales is a great way to contribute to recycling clothes! Not only is it great for your budget, but it is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. You never know what you’re going to find! I’m willing to bet that at least half of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores and I’ve found some of the coolest jackets and shirts. I plan on posting a thrifting blog post with all the tips and tricks, but I just had to mention it here!
I hope these quick tips were helpful and realistic for you! I know it can seem intimidating or a struggle to be eco-friendly, but all it takes is one small step. It is also much easier to start off small. For more tips and ideas, check out my YouTube video about this! So hopefully next time you reach for a plastic water bottle, you’ll decide to refill your reusable water bottle instead 🙂