10 budget friendly ways to be more eco-friendly
Our world is literally shrinking as I'm writing this with the amount of garbage and pollution that's inundating our beautiful planet. Places that we take for granted now may not be existent when our grandchildren become adults.
If we become more mindful and conscientious about our surroundings, we can help the planet and ourselves. In watching our everyday habits, some things that may not even seem obvious to us, can make impact so powerful on our planet, for better or worse.
So, to honor our planet, I'd like to share with you simple and on the cheap ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Recycle all of your bills, junk mail, magazines, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and online shopping packaging. If you're concerned about your personal information being exposed, you can always use a paper shredder or even a permanent marker to cross out all of the sensitive information if you want to save on electricity.
Go digital and go paperless- Sign up for automatic payments through your credit card and phone companies. You can even save money with some companies when you sign up for auto pay so the money will be automatically deducted from your checking account on a monthly basis. No more stamps, check books, or envelopes, or forgetting when to pay the bill. Any magazine or newspaper can de digitized as well AND you save money doing digital subscriptions. Eco friendly while saving money?!? Count me in!
Go green with your cleaning products- I actually only use a 2 ingredient all purpose cleaner. If you're interested, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Voila! You have an agent that doubles as a natural cleaner while deodorizing your entire home. Yup, sinks, bathtubs, stoves, countertops, toilet bowls, windows, and wood surfaces can be sparkling clean with this natural wonder. Again, it saves me so much money and I'm not ingesting nasty toxic chemicals. Not to mention, you save so much prime real estate for everything else that your home needs to hold but have so little space.
Use bamboo- It's the most sustainable product on this planet and can be recycled. There are a myriad of bamboo products out there. From serving bowls to dish towels to sponges to toothbrushes to clothing. When it's time to replace the object, all you need to do is throw it into the recycling bin instead of a trash can.
Grow your own herbs- Even if you don't have an outdoor garden, you can grow your own herbs right in the comfort of your own home. Ok, so you may be wondering how is this eco friendly? Well, think about the amount of pesticides that won't be used with you having your own herb garden. Not to mention, most of them are toxic and the farmers are ingesting all of those fumes. Again, you save money and waste. After all, how many times have you thrown out an entire bundle of herbs because you couldnt use it before it started to wilt? This is another double win.
Buy tea leaves instead of tea bags- Say what?!? When we use tea bags, everything is going into the garbage. If you use tea leaves and use a strainer or a french press to make your tea, then you cut down on the amount of paper being used. You can always compost the tea leaves when your done or even dehydrate them and make a seasoning. Let your imagination flow.
Have a no driving day- I know it's kind of hard given that most places require for you to have a car but it can be done. I just recently moved from NYC to Santa Fe and don't even have a driver's license! At first, I was a little worried but when I think about it, I can always apply for a driver's license and rent a car only when I need one. I'm working from home right now, get my groceries delivered, and love to walk anyway so it's not a hardship for me. In the event that I need a car, I get an Uber to take me around. Just one day of no driving will without a doubt cut down on your stress levels, save you money, and cut down immensely on pollution. Plus, if you take a day to only walk, you're burning calories and exercising!
Start bringing reusable bags to stores- We all know the negative impact on the Earth due to the amount of plastic being thrown away. California already has banned plastic bags with New York jumping on the bandwagon next year. Rather than support the use of plastic bags, bringing your own reusable bags grocery shopping will dramatically decrease our carbon footprint. An added bonus is that it cuts down on the amount of recycle that you have to take to the curb on a weekly basis. Keep it in your trunk if you're forgetful so you always have them on hand.
Make your own beauty products- 50% of what we put onto our bodies enter our bloodstream. You may already be mindful about what you put into your body, but have you ever taken some time to think about what your beauty products may be doing to your insides? As a general philosophy, if you can't pronounce it, it shouldn't be near you. If you're unsure of where to start, there will be a post coming soon on DIY beauty so stay tuned.
Stop drinking bottled water- Recent studies have shown that the plastic bottles actually have toxic chemicals in them so they aren't much better than tap water. You can either invest in a water filtration system which can get costly to replace the filters or remembering to change them out can be a nuisance. The most cost effective and efficient way for me was having invested in an electric kettle. I boil my water every morning and pour the water into a stainless steel one if I'm going out for the day (I only drink hot water). If you like your water cold, then boil it the night before so that you have clean drinking water the next day and pour it into a refillable water bottle and just keep boiling as you need it. They also don't take up much space so you can get one for your office to keep on your desk. This will save you so much money and your health in the long run investing in all of that bottled water.
So, this sums it up. These super easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint will also save you money! How can you not try it out?!? If you have any practices of your ecofriendly awesomeness that aren't on here, please share them below. Also be sure to spread the word and help protect our