50+ Easy Ways to Be Eco Friendly
We are living in the midst of the greatest environmental crisis in human history and the time to take meaningful action against the climate crisis is quickly closing. To make matters worse the problem seems so pervasive and ubiquitous that it is even difficult for governments around the world to figure out where to begin tackling the issue let alone the average person.
The good news is that it is possible to make a difference! We as consumers and citizens hold tremendous power to help mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis. More importantly the more we lead by example and change how we consume and use products and energy, the more it will encourage our friends, family, neighbors, and the companies we shop with to be stewards of our environment.
We wanted to make the process to adopt a more eco friendly life easy for you so we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50 easy things you can do in different areas of your life to start combating the climate crisis and living a more eco friendly lifestyle.
1. Vote for climate-friendly candidates!
2. Practice composting
3. Eat with bamboo or reusable utensils instead of single-use plastic silverware
4. Quit plastic wrap and instead wrap your food with bees wrap -- which is made with 100% organic material
5. Save the forest by wiping your bum with green seal certified toilet paper or bamboo toilet paper
6. Use a water bottle instead of a single-use plastic water bottle
7. Use a biodegradable phone case from Pela instead of a silicone or plastic phone case
8. Swap your plastic baggies with silicone baggies
9. Skip the straw -- if you absolutely need a straw use a metal or bamboo straw
10. Buy used books -- the paper industry accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions
11. Embrace dish-clothes and use fewer paper towels OR use paper towels made from 100% recycled materials
12. Opt for products in glass instead of plastic.
13. Start a small garden, even an herb garden in your windowsill.
14. Use eco friendly household cleaners
15. Use bamboo disposable plates instead of styrofoam plates
16. Use hemp or sugarcane paper instead of tree paper
17. Buy less stuff!
18. Eat as locally as possible: "If you're eating soybeans that are shipped from China or bananas that have been shipped from Colombia, that's not as sustainable as if you're eating apples grown in Kent.
19. Consider a more plant-based diet
20. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
21. Store your food in glass containers or mason jars.
22. Purchase products that give back to environmental organizations like through 1% for the planet.
23. Focus on purchasing crops that aren't as water-intensive like lima beans, corn, peanuts, quinoa, spinach, etc.
24. Try to buy produce as "fresh" as possible — meaning, don't get the pre-packaged kind.
25. Or a coconut scrub pad for food that's super stuck on. It's 100% organic and biodegradable, and won't scratch the delicate surface
26. Buy a glass or stainless steel water bottle
27. Brush your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic toothbrush
28. Wash your hair with a shampoo bar instead of a plastic bottle. Shampoo bars last longer than most shampoo bottles too :)
29. Use soap bar instead of bottled body wash
30. Shave with a safety razor with refillable razor blades
31. Use biodegradable and compostable deodorant instead of plastic deodorant
32. Use refillable shampoo from Plaine Products
33. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
34. Create a core of makeup that you use every day, and one for special occasions, and don't buy ANY MORE than that
35. Switch to reusable cotton or hemp rounds instead of disposables
36. Put a recycling bin in your bathroom - "Most people really don’t think about it because it’s in their kitchen, but shampoo bottles, toilet paper rolls, and many other things in your bathroom are perfectly recyclable!
37. Hang your clothes out to dry instead of using a drying machine
38. Wear organic cotton or hemp clothing instead of clothing made from polyester (read plastic) or a polyester blend
39. Don’t support fast fashion and embrace hand-me-downs and secondhand clothes
40. Go vintage - buy second hand or thrift clothes instead of new clothes
41. Fix your old clothes if they have tears or rips instead of throwing them away and buying new ones
42. Find your local repair shops like tailors, cobblers, tinkerers, and woodworkers to get all of your things repaired
43. Wash your clothes in cold water.
44. A pack of dryer balls for times when your dryer doesn't actually get the job done and you're left with really damp clothes. (Ugh). These tiny savers can help you cut down on drying time and be a great alternative for disposable dryer sheets
45. Use public transportation
46. Walk or bike to places that are within 10-15 minutes instead of drive
47. Install solar panels and a solar battery in your home
48. Use LED lightbulbs
49. Unplug your devices to prevent phantom electricity from being consumed 50. Take fewer flights
51. Switch to an electric vehicle