Are you thinking about making sustainable lifestyle changes but don’t know where to start? We get it! You already recycle, great! You shorten your showers, fantastic! Those are great ways to start! No matter how you start the most important part is that you started at all.
But, you want to do more!
You do? Don’t you? So do we! Here’s just a few easy ways to start!
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, Literally.
Ever since bread was sectioned into perfect consumable pieces, sliced bread has been worshiped as the most transformative, life-changing convenience that ever was, hence the saying, “best thing since sliced bread”. Hello toast, bruschetta, and sandwiches!
However, introduce sandwiches and create a need to transport two pieces of sliced bread holding together the sandwich guts. A sandwich with all its innards would fall apart without containment. What’s the most brilliant solution since sliced bread? The Sandwich Bag!
Plastic is a huge problem. Every day 8 million pieces of plastic pollution end up in our oceans. Plastic sandwich and snack bags are a big contributor to the problem, but there are alternatives. You can get reusable and dishwasher safe bags like these.
A natural alternative to plastic baggies, or cellophane wrap at home are Bee’s Wrap. Bee’s wrap is a washable, reusable, and compostable product that you can wrap produce, left-over food, or cover bowls. This works amazingly to keep avocados fresh!
Lastly, invest in a couple stainless steel or glass containers. It important not to buy plastic sandwich containers, that only contributes to the problem. We love the LunchBots Stainless Steel Sandwich Containers.
Be Smart About Your Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat consider scheduling your heating/cooling systems. Most thermostats have different program options that allow you to have different temperatures on different days or keeping the same temperature throughout the week. To get the most out of this green solution set your thermostat a little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter.
A difference of 2 degrees in any direction can provide a significant savings on energy and your electric bill! This is a great article on thermostat best practices.
Make Coffee at Home
Instead of grabbing your morning coffee on the way to work give yourself the extra time to make coffee at home. You can enjoy a cup in the comfort of your space or take it to-go in a reusable mug, which also comes in handy if you can’t resist that afternoon pick me up. You’re saved from the stress of the morning rush, and you save a few bucks instead of spending them on expensive lattes you can make much cheaper at home.
Keep Reusable Shopping Bags in Your Car
If you’re the type of shopper who picks things up on the way home or is never quite sure what day you’re grocery shopping then keep reusable shopping bags on you. It’s a great way to stay sustainable on the go. Having them stashed in your car or tucked under your backpack keeps you prepared for the impromptu food run. As the saying goes, “stay ready so you don’t have to get ready” – possibly not meant for this scenario, but you get it.
With new innovations in sustainable living constantly coming out, going green in more accessible than ever. Investing in reusable and sustainable household products along with building daily habits will turn going green into a sustainable lifestyle. You have the tools and now you can put them into practice.
What are sustainable habits you want to have?