7 simple sustainable living tips for making eco friendly changes
Sometimes BIG problems seem like they are too out of reach for us to truly have an impact. Environmental issues sometimes feel like that to me and I am sure to you too. So, I wanted to give you 7 really simple sustainable living tips that you can use to make eco friendly changes in your own life.
I started to make eco friendly changes to my life, home, and diet about 10 years ago. It is a process that I will never “finish” as it is constantly evolving. It is when I focus on the really large picture that I get overwhelmed and think I am not doing “enough” (whatever that can mean). Here is the truth, there are so many things that we can do to decrease our own footprint on this earth in order to keep it healthy or even repair it for the generations to come, even a small change is good.
Eco friendly changes: ideas for home
1. Reduce the plastic use
Plastic is hard to get around, no doubt about that. I live near a pretty big city and there is not but 1 store that I have found that sells bulk foods. There are other ways to decrease your plastic use in your home including saying “no” to plastic bags and bringing your own shopping bag, switching to products in glass containers that is easily recyclable or reusable, or refusing to buy new polyester clothing.
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2. Reuse what you can
These sustainable living tips don’t have to consume your time. You can do something as quick as reusing a glass container to upcycling clothing into bags or as much as searching Pinterest for upcycling ideas for home, there are millions of ways to reuse items (be sure to follow me while you are there!). Really take thought and time to consider if an item has truly come to the end of its life span. Does it need a bit of cleaning? Could it use a face lift? Can if be used for a different purpose?
Take a little bit of time to save the item from the landfill. And if you don’t like a good DIY project, just post it on a Freecycle site or Craigslist and SOMEONE will come and get it. It will take you a few minutes, but it is one of the simplest ways to protect the environment.
3. Recycle what can’t be reused or reduced
This one really kills me, y’all. A lot of communities do not offer recycling pick up programs which is really unfortunate. In place, most communities have some sort of drop off location for recycling. And yet, I see so many boxes and bins full of trash on the curbside. Take a minute to google “Recycling drop off near me” and see if one is close by.
This is a big way you can protect the environment, but start where you can. We have to take our recycling off to a center so I understand the struggle.
Another thing that you can recycle is clothing. So much clothing goes to a donation center that really shouldn’t go there. Either it is damaged, extremely outdated and UGLY. While not ALL clothing is recyclable, most of it is! Shoes too! They break down the material and use it for carpet padding, race tracks, and so much more! Check out if you have a bin near you here.
Eco friendly changes: lifestyle tips
4. Make the switch to reusable products
One time use, disposable products have become ever present in our stores and homes. Unfortunately, these easy to use and toss products are putting unnecessary stress on our landfills, our oceans, our wildlife, and our earth in general. If you were to look around your home you would easily find 30, 40, 50 or more items that are disposable. Start with one item at a time and replace it with a non-disposable or biodegradable item instead.
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5. Shop sustainably
One of the best lifestyle tips and ways to protect the environment is to shop sustainably. As an earth lover and a frugal person, I really love shopping sustainably. The best way is to shop second hand. Check out the best items to buy second hand in this post.
This was one of the easiest eco friendly changes that I have made. Maybe it won’t be for you. If you like to shop new items, be sure to look for eco friendly fabrics for clothes, no plastic, and eco friendly furniture.
6. Reduce your consumption
Reducing the amount of stuff that we buy is probably the best thing that we can do and the easiest way to protect the environment. Learn how to live with less by embracing simple living and taking a more minimalist approach to your home, your clothing, and your life. The less we buy, the less that ends up in the landfills. Simple as that.
One of my favorite sustainable living tips is just to start with one thing. If you start with all the things at once, it can get overwhelming. Clothing may be a good place for you to start, or maybe you have an affinity for shoes, whatever it is, practice buying less. Then move on to the next item.
7. Practice living with intention
Ooooh, that is a big one isn’t it. This seemingly big practice is actually just taking one day and one item at a time and really considering it. Each purchase ask yourself “Do I really NEED this”, “is this the best option”. Each item that goes to the waste, ask “is this something I can recycle, reuse, or does it need to go to the landfill”.
Intentional living can be a great for thinking of ways to protect the environment and for making eco friendly changes.
Sustainable living tips save money and the earth
I don’t know if you noticed, but a lot of these sustainable living tips can actually save you money! Disposables are not cheap. While their non-disposable counterparts are also not cheap, you will save money down the road. It is a win-win!
Making every day eco friendly changes that can have a big impact on the environment is a bit of a passion for me. My hope is that you can take these eco friendly lifestyle tips and ideas for home and take small steps to make a big change.
What is the one thing that you are struggling with switching or lifestyle habit that you need to break?