10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

Happy Earth Day, my friends! I know Earth Day was technically yesterday, but it’s never too late to celebrate life, our planet, and it’s especially never too late to appreciate the beautiful place we call home. But beyond celebration, we should always honor our earth by living in a way that will help preserve our ecosystem longer. If we want a cleaner, healthier place to live we must take action to protect our lands, ocean, and air. And no, you don’t necessarily have to go out and plant trees every day (although that would be pretty cool). Making smarter choices about what products we use in the kitchen, and how we commute to work are small steps that can help make a big difference for a happier environment, and a better life for living organisms big and small. 

So for this special Earth Day blog post, I want to share some daily habits to help you kickstart your eco-conscious lifestyle. I’ll also share some products that I use to keep less waste in my garbage bin.

  1. As you may have seen from my other blog, 14 Items to Recycle for Art Projects, you already know that I enjoy saving old stuff to reuse for art. This allows me to make the world a little brighter, it saves me money at the arts and crafts store, and it helps keep the landfill pile smaller.

    A man bends down to pick up trash along the shore of a beach.
  2. I am not a fan of cling wrap. I always worry about where it will end up way after I’m done using it. But at the same time, cling wrap is super necessary in the kitchen to prevent our food from getting spoiled or tasting nasty. To help with this issue, I bought these food bowl covers that kind of look like bath caps. I use them all the time and just wash and dry them with my other dishes! Way less plastic in our bin!

  3. Growing up I’ve never had a dryer, so we always air dry our clothes. If you’re used to drying your clothes at home or at the laundromat, save money and energy by investing in an air drying rack for your clothes! 

  4. For my ladies who deal with monthly menstruation, tampons and pads add up. They not only add up in our expenses, but they add up in the ocean, where they are disposed of after use. According to a 2019 study with Menstrual Health Alliance India, “One sanitary pad could take 500 to 800 years to decompose as the plastic used is non-biodegradable and can lead to health and environmental hazards.” That means if your great grandmother used pads back in her college years, it's possible a piece of it is still floating around somewhere in the ocean. And if you’re appalled by this image, then now is the time to make a change. 
    For this reason, I decided to upgrade my underwear drawer with period panties. That’s right, I wear special panties that absorb my blood flow during my time of the month. I bought three pairs from this company called Thinx, that I wash and rotate. I truly love my undies from Thinx because they are comfortable and they really do hold up the bleeding. They also have different styles like cheeky, boyshort, high waisted, and more. Before Thinx, I almost always had a small stain left on my jeans or sweats. But now with Thinx, I feel ten times more confident and I never have to ask my lady friends to do those quick butt checks. 
    This move has been a life changer for me because it’s saved me money from spending on pads and tampons, and more importantly, it keeps waste away from harming aquatic life. I’m not gonna lie, period panties do require a little more effort from the user because you have to clean them regularly. But that’s just one extra step towards a happier earth! And again, who doesn’t like saving money?

    Thinx period panties, a sports bra, and apothecary items are sprawled on a bed. Credit: @SheThinx
  5. Did you know that fossil fuels are one of the leading contributions to global warming? All that nasty air you see when cars and trucks are stuck in rush hour are fossil fuels burning and turning into greenhouse gas, which gets trapped in our atmosphere, which makes the air hotter and hotter over time. That stuff is not good to breathe, and it’s not really going anywhere either. 
    To keep that nasty stuff out of the air, you can find alternative ways of transportation such as walking or biking. Carpooling to work or taking public transportation are also cheaper methods to help limit the amount of greenhouse gas spreading in our air. 

  6. Make the switch from cotton balls to reusable cotton pads. I wear a little bit of make up almost every day, and I noticed that every time I clean off my makeup, I’m adding non-biodegradable cotton balls into the trash bin. I bought myself a pack of reusable cotton pads from a seller on Etsy who makes them with really cute designs! 

  7. Remember that greenhouse gas I mentioned in bullet 5? The electricity we use in our homes actually contributes to that as well. To stop more carbon dioxide from trapping heat in our atmosphere, you can simply turn off and unplug any electronic appliances and lights at home that are not in current use. 

  8. Visit your local thrift shop! I know stores like Target and Home Goods are super tempting, but we have to remember that most of those brand new items mean more manufactured production, thus more pollution leaking into our planet. To reduce your carbon footprint, give clothes a second life! Thrift shopping is also fun because you can discover unique items such as clothes, jewelry, furniture, books, and much more!

    A thrift shop holds many different clothing items from different people and places. It allows others to give a second life to these items.
  9.  Skip the plastic waste and get yourself some soap and shampoo bars! The Earthling Co has so many scented options to choose from. Unfortunately a few years ago I bought my shampoo bottles in bulk so I’m still trying to get through them. But once they are done, I cannot wait to try my Cool Breeze scented shampoo soap from The Earthling Co!

  10.  Did you know that a lot of things come in to play just to get a cut of steak on our dinner plates? As most of us know, red meat comes from killing animals such as cows, pigs, deer, and goats. But those animals need a place to stay and food to eat before they are killed and sent to markets. Many times, forests are being taken down in order to provide those essentials for the animals. It removes the forest animals out of their homes, and it increases that greenhouse gas. According to Scientific American, “If every person in the U.S. cut their meat consumption by 25 percent, it would reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1 percent. That might not sound like a lot, but it would help protect the rain forest, so the positive effects—including reduced water and fertilizer use, improved biodiversity and safeguarded rights of Indigenous peoples—would be amplified.” It doesn’t necessarily mean we should all go vegan, but if many of us collectively cut down on beef, it can make a significant difference! 

Which of these tips do you think you’ll try out? If you have other helpful tips in mind, please share them in the comments below! Be sure to share this article with a friend so that we can all work together in protecting our beautiful home. I truly hope you have a beautiful and safe rest of your day, and thank you for visiting my page!!

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