10 Easy and Cheap Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly
Gone are the days when green living was reserved for the hippies and flower children of the world. In fact, the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly clear and it is more important than ever to start making changes not only in our government, but in our everyday lives. Climate change has become an important topic of discussion within politics and around the world, and the overwhelming majority of countries vowed to work together to create a cleaner, greener planet. But even if the prez of the US is too daft to start making moves, that doesn't mean you have to do the same.
Here are 10 easy and cheap ways to start being more eco-friendly in your everyday life.
1. Recycle - recycling is so easy and requires no extra effort than using a garbage. Not sure what to recycle? Here’s a handy-dandy recycle chart to help you out.
2. Turn off lights when you’re not in that room. This is so simple but so easy to forget - but making a conscious effort to turn lights off when you leave the room not only is not only eco-friendly but will save you some money on your electricity bill - win win!
3. Ditch plastic water bottles - plastic water bottles are not only wasteful but also cost extra $$$. Buy a cute reusable water bottle and refill it wherever you go! Here are some cute bottles that you will be more than happy to carry with you!
4. Eat less meat - especially red meat. I’m not saying you have to go all vegetarian or vegan on me, but try cutting out meat one day a week and opt for a meatless meal.
5. Bike or walk to work - ok, I realize this is not feasible for most people because you may work far away. But if your work or school is within walking distance, give it a try. You’ll also burn some extra calories, which is always a plus because more food. And don’t even get me started on it being to cold to walk - I walked 25 minutes to class in the dead of Wisconsin weather with negative temperatures and lived to tell the tale (I realize I just sounded like a grandmother speaking to her grandchildren… “when I was your age…”. Sorry.)
6. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Just keep some cute bags in your car and bring them in with you - it adds up to a lot of plastic and paper bags saved.
7. Turn your computer off at night - even if your computer is “asleep” at night, it’s still using up energy. Turn if off while you’re asleep and you won’t be missing out on anything.
8. Buy your own reusable lunch bag. Sure it seems a little dorky and may give you some flashbacks to elementary school, but you can find a cute one that you will be excited to carry around and save a bunch of paper bags.
9. Be more conscious of your water usage. Let’s be honest, you probably can bring that 25 minute shower down to 20 minutes if you tried. Maybe sing one less song in the shower.
10. And lastly, VOTE be VOCAL and support organizations and charities that stand up for the environment. Even if that just means sharing or retweeting a post on social media, educating others and spreading the word bout the importance of taking action on climate change is just as important