Unusual, lesser known changes you can make in your everyday life to be more eco-friendly. A simple guide to living green in ways you wouldn’t normally consider!
Aside from food, fitness, and healthy living in general, I am also super passionate about being a bit more GREEN in my everyday life. What do I mean by this?
It probably means something different for everyone, but for me it encompasses taking the Earth’s wellness, our natural resources, and my immediate environment and community into consideration when ever I make a decision about my own lifestyle. It means little choices like keeping the lights off in the house almost all the time, using spot-on flea treatment for Ella instead of a flea collar (lots of carcinogens in those!), recycling daily, reusing towels (for a few days) or making my own DIY beauty products. But it also means BIGGER, more impactful choices as well…some of which I will get into in this post.
Living green doesn’t have to be hard like some people think. In fact it’s a lot like healthy living. It takes a bit of pre-planning and conscious effort, but once you get used to the changes, they become habitual and end up benefiting you (and the planet!) in the long run.
Today, we’re thinking outside the box when it comes to green living. I am sharing 6 Unique Ways to Live Green that I practice in my own life. Some of these may not be feasible for everyone depending on your lifestyle, but they will surely give you something to think about. We could ALL stand to be a little greener in our everyday choices…especially given the current (literal and figurative) climate of our society!
Become Your OWN Transportation
Did I tell you I sold my car earlier this summer? Well, friends, that’s the truth! I finally bit the bullet and turned into a 100% GREEN commuter. I’d been going back and forth about it for a while, and in the end I just realized I wasn’t using the car enough to justify having (or paying the insurance on!) it. Now, like I’ve done for a while anyways, I rely on my bike and my own two legs for getting around. It’s actually made a world of difference for me and I KNOW it’s making a difference for the environment too. I am lucky that I work from home and am able to make this lifestyle choice (I know it’s not an option for everyone!). If I do have to travel somewhere too far to bike, walk, or run, I graciously rely on family/friends for rides or ride share services like Uber and Lyft which have FINALLY made their way to Buffalo. The savings on gas money, upkeep expenses, and all other costs that owning a car incurs has been amazing. Plus, one less person releasing emissions into the atmosphere is a win! Even if you can’t completely get rid of your car, maybe consider biking, walking, or taking public transportation whenever possible? Every little bit helps!
Reuse Cooking Materials
Sounds weird, right? But, friends, it’s totally doable in some cases! I am talking about things like parchment paper, aluminum foil, Saran wrap, and even Ziploc bags! As long as my parchment paper isn’t too charred, I use it multiple times when roasting veggies or proteins! Same with foil, wraps, and bags…as long as they are pretty clean and don’t have much food waste on them, I will reuse them to get the most bang for my buck. Haven’t had any issues with it yet and it saves me from having to buy a lot of wasteful storage and cooking products. Cuts down on waste too! Another great option is reusable storage bags! I have some of those too.
Skip Bottled Water
Not only do most single-use plastic bottles contain BPA (a harmful industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s) and leach chemicals into the liquids they hold, but they also produce a lot of waste since you’re only using them once (maybe twice!). You’re much safer (and more green!) getting a metal or BPA-free plastic bottle and filling up with normal tap water! Cheaper, healthier, and more sustainable.
Opt for the Dishwasher
Believe it or not, using the dish washer to clean your utensils and dishes uses LESS energy AND water than washing your dishes by hand. Less soap is used too! The only caveat: make sure the dishwasher is FULL before running it so you get the most out of each wash. This can save you money each year AND over 100 pounds of carbon dioxide production.
Go For Natural Temperature Regulation
Although my apartment has Central Air and heating, we NEVER turn it on. Obviously, this saves A LOT on our monthly bills, but it also cuts down on energy we use daily. Instead, we open the windows and rely on natural temperature regulation from the environment outside to heat or cool our air. First off, I LOVE having the windows open at all times…and secondly, I’ve found the area’s natural climate does a pretty great job of keeping things comfortable for both my roommate and I.
Don’t Ask “Where’s the Beef?”
In case you didn’t know, I don’t eat red meat. I tried it when I was a child and hated it! Haven’t touched it since then and given my reaction to its smell while it’s cooking, I don’t plan on trying it again anytime soon. Sure, choosing leaner meats (like poultry or seafood…my faves!) is said to be healthier and more affordable, but it also helps reduce green house gas emissions in the environment. Raising beef cattle for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering. Can you believe over 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture? That’s more than the amount caused by cars! I am not saying everyone has to go vegan, or even vegetarian, but removing red meat from your diet could make a BIG difference in your grocery bill bottom line AND the health of our environment.
Is green living important to you?
How do you LIVE GREEN in your everyday life?
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