Living a green lifestyle can be both daunting and difficult. Here are some easy tips that can easily be installed into any lifestyle making anyone a greener person.
BYOE: Bring Your Own Everything
Bringing your own bags when shopping for groceries has been a growing trend for quite some time but there are many other items that can be brought along throughout the day. Bring a mug to the coffee shop or gas station. This is also easy to incorporate and will often get you cheaper coffee. Keep a travel cup in the car for those impromptu beverage occasions.
Bring your own water bottle everywhere. Water bottles are cheap, sturdy, available in many styles and sizes, and are highly transportable. Also, bring your own collapsible containers when eating out to use in case of leftovers. Eventually, bringing all these items will be a part of the routine and more and more uses for them will pop up.
Using biodegradable bags
Even if someone recycles everything they possibly can, it is inevitable that he or she will create some volume of garbage in their daily routine. This garbage is disposed of in plastic garbage bags that can take centuries to break down. An easy fix to this is to use biodegradable trash bags.
They are simple to find online and can be delivered to your door cutting down on travel time and gas. Amazon carries several varieties and biobagusa is a leading producer. Many of the companies also offer biodegradable pet waste bags for pet owners.
Reduce, Reduce, Reduce
This step can make a huge impact in living a greener lifestyle. By simply taking note of all the things bought and used throughout a week it is easy to see how many things are nonessential. One example of this is the use of plastic bags at gas stations. It is extremely rare that anyone needs a bag at a convenience store.
Extra napkins and condiments at restaurants are other examples of using too many resources. Think of all the things that are just handed over with every purchase at some stores and restaurants and make and effort to decline the extras. It just takes a little effort to realize what is actually needed and in turn cut down on what is wasted.
Making it at home
Another big way of being greener is to use homemade items. Examples of this stem from foods like granola bars and smoothies to laundry detergent and household cleaners. Think along the lines of foods that come individually wrapped or things you purchase individually everyday. Most of these items are cheaper to make than to purchase, very easy to produce, safer for you and the environment, and last longer than store bought items.
The foods made at home are always nutritious and can be adapted to any taste. There are countless recipes for many household goods on social media sites, such as Facebook and Pinterest. In each example of something made at home resources are used responsibly and waste amounts are reduced.
All of these ideas will lead to a successful green lifestyle and open the door to new ideas about how to improve your carbon footprint.