How to Green Your Daily Routine

Reducing your carbon footprint isn’t a switch that can be turned on and off at any place and time. It’s a lifestyle that requires eco-conscious thinking from the moment you wake. However, making environmentally friendly choices is easier than you think and it doesn’t have to be burdensome or complicated. A lot of misconceptions come into play when one decides to become more eco-conscious. One may assume that being environmentally conscious requires a ton of money. They may misapprehend the lifestyle to be of inconvenience, but that’s simply not the case. You’ll find that tiny steps such as remembering to shut off the lights before leaving the house, reusing recyclable material and buying used products, or even washing your clothes with cold water can actually save money in the long run rather than ‘waste’ it.

Ways to Green Your Daily Routine

Gearing into these everyday grooves can help you navigate around unconscious wasteful choices or habits. Don’t be afraid to jump in. You’ll be happy find that the little things you do, not only in house, but also wherever you go, can help make a world of difference in your life at little to no cost. Here are some easy tips and tricks to green your daily routine:

Reuse

Reusing trash is simply reinventing trash. Getting creative is a good habit to practice. Reusing a mug or water bottle is a simple change and also good for the environment. One trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year. Go beyond your good intentions and hang reusable bags on a coat hanger or by a shoe closet close to the front door. Make a strong effort to have extra reusable bags handy in the car to avoid forgetting bags when grocery shopping or carrying them around. Just remember to put the bags back to their places after unpacking your groceries.

Compost

Composting can seem like one of the most intimidating lifestyle changes to make. However it’s as simple as cleaning your food scraps into a vermicompost bin. Incorporating composting into your daily routine is one of the greatest choices you can make and you’ll be surprised to find out how many things are compostable. Let your daily kitchen cleaning prevent global warming by returning organic material back into the earth. Composting can also serve a double purpose to fertilize your home garden.

Invest

Invest in daily household products such as hand soap, laundry detergent, or tissues that are earth friendly. Look for alternatives that are organic, biodegradable, and safe. Products that are derived from plants are usually earth friendly and hypoallergenic. Make a long-term swap from products with harsh chemicals to natural ingredients can also help with allergies or sensitive reactions. This goes for all things including makeup, food you consume, and even household appliances. Eco-friendly appliances consume less energy, in turn decreasing greenhouse emissions, and saving you precious bucks on your electricity bill.

Recycle

Recycling is a beautiful thing. It can be all the more easy by also only purchasing recyclable goods as mentioned in the tip above. However being more aware of biodegradable material, what is recyclable, and what is not can be helpful in your everyday life. Making sure you are recycling items correctly is crucial to helping the community. Placing recycling bins in your house or apartment can also help and encourage those around you to be more aware and practice recycling. Remember, only certain materials can be recycled at certain places so it’s a good idea to check with your local community about their recycling products or facilities.

Conclusion

The long term effects of saving the planet is absolutely priceless. Encourage and inspire those around you to recycle in their households and everyday routines by starting with yourself. Don’t fall into the trap of convenience, but challenge yourself to change your behavior. You’ll find that eco-friendly choices such as walking to work or carpooling often make a positive chain of reactions that will benefit yourself and the world. Remember your efforts to green your daily routine are a piece of a communal and global effort to save our planet.

Author Bio: Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC with a passion for universal human rights. She is an editor at InsiderEnvy, a site focused on travel, health, and eyecare and writes reviews for contacts, beauty, and workouts.

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