How to make your environment more eco-friendly

Becoming eco-friendly can seem seriously overwhelming at first. Especially, when the media is constantly flashing with warnings of rapid climate change, severe water pollution, and overflowing landfills. All of that tragic news naturally makes you think about what you can do to help solve these issues.

Thankfully, you are not in charge of saving the entire world. But, there are many small changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help you become more eco-friendly, which in turn, will help your environment.

With these tiny tweaks to your everyday life, you will be giving mother nature what she needs and what she deserves.

Start a compost

Compost is an excellent way to start living a little more eco-friendly. By composting, you are helping those overcrowded landfills because you are using the organic waste that would normally be thrown in your trash bin for another purpose.

So instead of your banana peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells being tossed into the garbage, you can mix them with some organic soil for use in your garden. Not only does this help the landfills, but it also helps your plants as organic compost is full of essential nutrients that help plants grow big and tall.

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You can also add things such as grass clippings and fallen leaves to your compost. This practice will save you buying those giant black plastic lawn bags you would normally buy to dispose of your yard waste.

Choose cloth

Choosing cloth over paper is always a great idea. And there are many aspects of your life in which you can incorporate this rule-of-thumb. One of the most obvious ones is cloth napkins. Instead of buying a bag of throw-away paper napkins, opt for cloth napkins instead. They are more durable and can usually be used more than once or twice. Obviously, if they get dirty you can wash them, but be sure not to waste too much water!

If you’re a new parent, another place to incorporate cloth is with diapers. Instead of using hundreds of disposable diapers, try giving cloth diapers a shot. Sure, you will have to wash them to keep your baby hygienic and clean. But it’s much better than dumping that dirty diaper supply into our landfills.

Use reusable bags and containers

Reusable bags and containers are a perfect way for a newbie to start transitioning to an eco-friendly lifestyle! Instead of using plastic bags at the grocery store for convenience, try bringing your reusable shopping bags in with you. And if you have a hard time remembering to grab them on the way out of the house, find a place to stash them in your car so you always have them when you need them.

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Using mason jars and other reusable containers instead of plastic bags and aluminum foil is another way to stop extra waste. These containers can be used over and over again to store your leftovers.

Reduce water waste

Reducing water waste can be done in a few simple ways. First of all, do you ever leave the sink running when you’re brushing your teeth? Well, stop doing that! By turning off the water during the sixty seconds you are brushing your pearly whites, you could save hundreds of gallons of water a year!

Another thing to consider is shutting off the water in the shower while you are lathering up. Then turn it back on to rinse off. By doing this you are helping the planet immensely.

Also, be sure to only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full and ready. There is no need to run half-empty loads. That’s a total water-waster!


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