Happy Earth Day, my fellow earthlings! What a wonderful holiday and although I’m sad we have to celebrate from the confinement of our homes, I’m grateful that this whole pandemic has at the very least given our planet a little break from our nonstop go-go-going.
In honor of this very special day, I thought I’d put together a short and sweet post on sustainable practices you can incorporate into your day-to-day life. I am no expert, but if you are looking to make some lifestyle changes because you care about the environment and the planet, then I am right here beside you. Living sustainably is something that has always been important to me, but only more recently have I begun to put in the work to make tangible changes in my daily life. Here’s a list of (relatively) simple changes that you can also make! Some of them are probably no brainers, but we all have to start somewhere!
- Bring your own bags when you go to the grocery store. (Or any store!) I keep a cloth bag in my purse at all times and it comes in handy nearly every day. Fellow fashionistas, Free People shopping bags work great and fold up really small.
- Bring your own reusable produce bags.
- Try to shop online less. This has been one of the toughest for me, and it’s especially hard during a pandemic, but shipping is so wasteful, from the packaging to the airplane fuel.
- Borrow clothes, shop second hand, trade with your friends, buy and sell through sites like Poshmark. Fashion companies are responsible for so much pollution and waste.
- Go without a straw. I keep a washable silicone straw in my purse in case I really want to use one.
- Save jars and reuse them! I always save pasta sauce jars, jam jars, you name it. They hold my makeup brushes, my toothbrush, my chia pudding when I eat breakfast at work, the bundle of cilantro in the fridge…you never know when a jar might come in handy!
- Bring a water bottle/to-go coffee cup with you and save a plastic bottle or cup.
- Bring your own tupperware if you know in advance you are planning to eat out, and skip a leftovers container (which is usually made of styrofoam, boooo.)
- Bamboo toothbrush. Nuff said.
- Use wool dyer balls. They decrease dry time and static while collecting fuzz!
I will no doubt add to the list as time goes on. Please please please feel free to send me suggestions you have as well!