Lately, I have been seeing posts, videos, and ads all about going green or even trash free and with the start of the new year, I couldn’t think of a better time to start. So that is why I am sharing with you some simple tips and tricks to get you on that yellow brick road and on your way to living a greener life.
We all know the three R’s: REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE we learn them in kindergarten or before, but do you really follow them? I know it can be hard but with some small changes over time, you will see it is easy to integrate it into your daily life. Now, now, I’m not saying you have to go recycling everything but what is the harm in keeping an eye on what is going into the trash versus what can be reduced, reused and recycled.
Did you know that it can even save you money? That’s right! Cut your grocery bill down and save the environment at the same time. I know I am a fan of saving an extra buck or two in the bank and I bet you are too. If you are interested in hopping on the yellow brick road to a green 2018 then follow along with me! Make the switches and watch the savings climb and your carbon footprint shrink. Or if you are feeling really up to the challenge try to go completely trash free! There are tons of resources online that will help such as these three amazing bloggers.
So here are some the simple switches you can make today and become that much closer to living a happy, healthier, and greener life!
| One | Switch Out Your Grocery Bags
This is one of the easiest things you can do and the best part is it will only cost your 1 to 2 dollars on each trip until you build up a big enough collect to fit all your groceries into. You would be surprised how much you can fit into one reusable bag compared to your standard grocery bag! On my trips to the grocery store, I use about 4-5 bags tops. So next time you are at the grocery store buy one of the reusable bags and make the switch slowly!
| Two | Keep A Reusable Cup On You or Water Bottle
Instead of getting a hot drink to go in a paper cup use a reusable thermos or mug! It will keep your drink hotter for longer and it will taste much better. Keep the water bottle with you and quench your thirst at any time. I make sure to bring one with me every time I uptown or to class or just out and about. It saves me money because I do not have to buy a drink and cuts down on how much plastic I use.
| Three | Dryer Balls
These are a quick, cheap, and easy way to cut down on waste all while saving some money! Buy a set of dryer balls next time you run out of dryer bounce, they can be used over and over thousands of times, they keep your laundry soft and cozy all while helping out the earth.
| Four | A Lunch Kit and Containers
This is one that will save you tons of money and keep you healthy in the process! Whether you are a student or work and nine to five job or if you are just spending a day uptown or at the beach a lunch kit is for you. Oh, and did I mention they have some adorable ones at that, full kits that come with the bag, containers and even the ice packs! Or you can even buy some reusable bags for snacks and them with you on a walk.
| Five | The Bulk aisle
Bring your own reusable produce bags to the bulk aisle and load up on your grains, flour, quinoa, seeds, nuts and anything else you need without all the plastic bags. It is usually cheaper to buy from the bulk section too so that is only a bonus!
Now that you know about all the ways you can save some money and save the planet in the process it makes it that much easier to make the changes. I know I will be making some switch over the months, so why not join me and let me know what you think!