17 Super Simple Tips for Greener Living

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If you’re interested in greener living, but feel like the change is just too overwhelming, read this…

Sometimes in the face of all that is going on in this world, it might feel like making a difference is simply hopeless. But I’m here today to give you a little hope!

In fact, living more sustainably is not as hard as it sounds, and that’s part of the reason I started this blog: I wanted to make sure that people do realize the severity of the situation we are in, but also to show them that they do have the power to make a difference in the world!

You can make a difference simply by making new choices for greener living!

Even simple, seemingly small changes can really add up – especially if more and more people commit to making these tiny changes in their daily lives.

Take these 17 super simple tips, for example, broken down by greener living category – and for goodness sake, don’t feel like you have to do them all at once! Start with one, make it a habit, and then add another. Before you know it, you’ll be a master at greener living!

FOOD

1. Bring a bag to the grocery store.

Keep a few reusable bags near your front door or in your car to remind yourself to grab one on the way to the store….

2. Look out for locally grown.

The less ground that food has to cover to reach your plate, the better. Online guides like eatwell make it easier than ever to find locally sourced meals.

3. Get creative with leftovers.

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4. Give up bottled water.

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5. Grow your own grub.

It’s relatively easy to grow fruit, veggies and herbs — even if you live in a city! Harvesting some your own food is a pretty delicious hobby, and it’s one that breeds conscious eating.

FASHION AND BEAUTY

6. Ditch your disposable razor.

Two billion disposable razors, along with the plastic packaging they come in, are thrown out annually. Save some space in the landfill and switch to a permanent razor that uses refillable blades.

7. Buy clothes made of cotton, hemp and wool.

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8. Donate ripped clothes to Goodwill.

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9. Cut down on shower time.

…Before you head into the shower, turn on a song that lasts around 5 to 7 minutes. Once the tune ends, you’ll know it’s time to get out.

HOME

10. Make baking soda your new best friend.

Sodium bicarbonate — or baking soda — is an extremely accessible natural resource… It’s good for more than just breads and pastries and can be used as a soap substitute to clean sinks and tubs, whiten teeth and soothe mosquito bites.

11. Hand wash dishes.

Running a dishwasher uses three times more water than a hand wash….

12. Dry your clothes the old fashioned way.

Dryers are a one of the home’s most notorious energy suckers. Think about line drying laundry outside when the weather’s nice. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and chemical-free!

TECHNOLOGY

13. Recycle your old phone.

Next time you’re due for an update, don’t throw your current phone into a drawer (or worse — a trash can). Consider selling it to a recycling program like ReCellular. They keep thousands of pounds of mechanical waste out of landfills each year.

14. Invest in energy-efficient appliances and lights.

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LIFESTYLE

15. Leave your car in the driveway one or two days a week.

…Though sometimes time behind the wheel is unavoidable, try and avoid unnecessary driving. Challenge yourself to bike or carpool one or two days a week and see how you fare.

16. Put trains above planes and automobiles.

Trains emit about eight times less pollution than planes….

17. Adopt a reduce, reuse, recycle mantra.

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Check out the full article to learn more at MindBodyGreen.com

 

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