There’s something really magical about starting a new year. It’s routinely been a chance for me to reflect on the previous year and think about my hopes and goals for the year ahead. One thing I’m becoming more and more aware of is our impact on the environment.
WAYS TO HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT
1. Recycle – I feel like this is one of the easiest ways people can make a difference. We recycle in our kitchen, but also in my office and in our bathroom. Did you know you can actually recycle empty (and cleaned) shampoo containers?
2. Switch to Paperless Billing – I try to minimize the waste we receive by signing up for paperless billing. It’s so much easier to have things online anyway.
3. Reuse –Over the years, I’ve collected a bunch of canvas totes so I reuse those at the grocery store and at the farmer’s market. When I worked in an office, I’d also reuse small bags as my lunch tote. In California, grocery stores don’t give free paper anymore so you have to pay 10 cents for a bag, or bring your own. Sometimes this is frustrating, especially when I forgot the bags in the car or at home, but it’s a good encouragement.
4. Minimize Waste– When we do takeout we tell the restaurant that we don’t need utensils. That way we’re not wasting what they send us. If the to-go cutlery is included, though, we’ll save it to keep another time. Similarly, sometimes when we go out to eat, the restaurants will give us a huge stack of napkins with our meal. Instead of throwing them away, we’ll keep them in the car and they always come in handy!
5. Re-purpose Materials– I try to reuse things for other purposes. For example, I loved this tea tin so much that I couldn’t bear to throw it away. I found a use for it in my bathroom, holding up my brushes, and it gives the counter such character. I also have re-purposed a glass bottle that a smoothie came in. Now, I use it to hold my cashew milk creamer.
6.Reduce Water Consumption– We’ve been in a drought in California for the past several years, so water is a major focus for our state. Kody and I do our best to turn off the faucet when brushing our teeth, and we also try to reduce our water consumption by not buying bottled water as often, and instead using our reusable water bottles to full up on the go.
7. Buy local/organic/sustainable products–I feel like it’s definitely important to invest in what you’re putting in your body, to know where your food comes from, and what the ingredients are. I love shopping at our local farmer’s markets and getting the foods directly from the source. I’ll bring my reusable bags and fill up on fruits and veggies that are in season and oftentimes picked within the last 24 hours.
What are some things that you do to help our enviroment? Let me know down below.