Eco Tip #18 Four Small Changes To Lead An Eco-Friendly Lifestyle That COMPOUND
To be eco-friendly, you don't need a big house with a perfectly equipped solar panel rooftop. You also don't need a big garden filled with exotic plants and water collecting devices.
Most of us face the pressure to co-exist harmoniously with our environment while simultaneously living in a modern, fast-paced world. This can create undue stress and make us lose sight of the fact that, ideally, we'd all be contributing with our grain of sand to make the planet a better place on our budget.
Below, you can find four ways to make an impact without the need to restructure your entire life or add extra responsibilities to every day. Hopefully, by applying one (or all of them), you'd be energized and start building a powerful, influential momentum! You'll also notice that the effect created by these small, seemingly insignificant changes tends to compound to make for a massive long-term difference.
1. Vegan for a day
Changing your eating habits is not an easy thing to do. Despite the vegan community's efforts to highlight the flaws of the meat industry, we understand that most people might not be too convinced to take a significant step with many nuances and inconveniences.
However, have you consider becoming vegan... once a week? Perhaps twice? By doing so, you can experiment with new foods, vary your vitamin intake, and save some animal lives in the process. Of course, this also means that you don't need to make any long-term commitments and progressively build towards habits that feel right for you.
2. Replace your plastics
Biologists and doctors alike recommend that you stay away from plastic food containers and bottles. These products are also complicated to recycle, unlike stainless steel (which can likely outlast you) and glass, which's almost 100% recyclable.
These alternatives are also more aesthetic and pleasing to interact with so, by replacing your plastics, you'll be building a better lifestyle for the long term, pampering yourself a little bit and, of course, taking care of your health.
3. Be mindful of your food waste
Nobody likes throwing food away, and one of the leading causes of waste is that we tend to accumulate uncooked food due to a lack of time to prepare it. The best trick to not waste food is to go shopping only if you have a well-defined shopping list that considers your cooking time. This, along with batch-cooking (taking a Sunday off to cook meals for the whole week), can radically improve your kitchen efficiency and save money.
4. Stock up on (good) soaps
Did you know that the chemicals found in seemingly innocent products, such as soap, shampoo, or hair conditioner, are extremely bad for our water?
This wouldn't be a problem if cities properly handled all our disposals but, since we know that's rarely the case, we have to take matters into our own hands and figure ways not to damage our environment any further.
Happily for all of us, soap is not only a natural-based millenary discovery but also often produced in organic, eco-friendly ways that have been widely commercialized. They also tend to be cheaper than their counterparts since they have shorter supply chains, so, for
this one time, you'll get a free pass: Go ahead and spend as much as you want on eco-soap! By doing so, you'll be supporting small producers and keeping harmful chemicals away from our rivers and lakes.