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Five Ways to be More Eco-Friendly

April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I feel like Earth Day gets the short end of the holiday stick, at least for those of us not in school anymore.  And since I don’t know that it would be terribly acceptable to make toilet paper roll bird feeders during my lunch break, I started thinking about other ways to celebrate Earth Day.

Now, don’t roll your eyes. Earth Day itself may be slightly cheesy, but the idea behind it is really important. I’m no Lorax, but I recognize that we only have one planet and we should probably do our part to ensure it’s here for future generations.  So I came up with five ways that everyone can celebrate Earth Day in a way that improves the planet, both today and every day.

Kick the bottled water habit.

I think this one is probably the easiest one to accomplish and, as a bonus, you’ll save a bunch of money! If you stopped buying bottled water and instead drank filtered tap water, you could save upwards of $100 a year! I can think of a ton of things I would rather spend $100 on every year and my guess is you can too. I gave up bottled water a while back (with the odd exception here and there) and switched to filling up my Tervis tumbler with filtered water instead. My water stays colder, I don’t produce extra garbage and it’s one less thing I have to bring in when I buy groceries. All of the wins.

Turn off some lights.

I think this one is probably self-explanatory, but it still deserves to be on the list.  Plus it’s another way to save some cash!  Turning off lights when you’re not in the room (and switching to more eco-friendly bulbs) reduces the amount of electricity you use, saving money and reducing your mark on the earth. I think that’s something we can all get behind.

Pick up after your dog!

I cannot begin to tell you how much it irritates me when owners don’t pick up after their dogs. I’m not sure of the environmental impact of not picking it up, but y’all. It’s just gross. So just do it.  That way I don’t step in it when I’m not paying attention. #allthetime

Go for a walk and throw away any trash you see.

On the rare chance I am paying attention when I’m walking, I am really disappointed to see garbage along the sidewalks of my sweet, perfect town.  And I would wager a guess that this is the case in other towns as well. AND THAT IS NOT OK! So next time I’m out walking, I plan to pick up any garbage I see and actually throw it away.  Imagine what would happen if we all made that commitment to our own towns.

Bring your lunch to work (or school).

If I brought my lunch to work more often, rather than purchasing something every day, I can only imagine how much garbage I wouldn’t produce. When you look it at one day at a time, it seems insignificant, but when I think about an entire year?! That’s when things get real. I’m making that my challenge for the next month or so: bring lunch to work a few days a week and reduce the amount of trash I produce.

What can you do to be more eco-friendly? Or what steps have you already taken?!

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  • Jen

    We definitely try to be eco-friendly as much as we can. Especially when it comes to water bottles and taking lunch to work. Kyle always packs a lunch and it really is so much better.

    • I’m still working on the taking lunch to work, especially since my office is so close to some really tasty options!

  • I stopped drinking from water bottles years ago after watching the documentary TAPPED, and people think I’m crazy. I don’t care though- it’s so annoying. People never finish them so they’re just left half empty sitting around and it’s one of my biggest pet peeves ever.

    • I’m so bad about finishing bottles of water! They get warm and then are somehow not as appealing to me. That’s why using a cup has been so important!

  • Love these ideas, especially the one about bringing your lunch to work instead of going out to eat. Not only do you consume less trash, but you’ll also save a lot more money! Eating out all the time gets expensive!

    • Totally true, Ashley!

  • Ashleigh

    My family and I are very conscience of how our actions affect the environment and I think this is a wonderful list of eco friendly habits. Turning off the lights is a big one for us. Thanks for sharing!

    • I can be bad about turning off the lights, but hopefully I’ll get better!

  • Jenny B

    Personally I recycle, reuse items in my house and donate items that I can, and I consume a plant based diet. 🙂 Such an important topic and one that goes unrecognized. Thank you for sharing!

    • That’s awesome, Jenny!

  • I should really kick the bottled water habit and go back to taking filtered tap water to work.

    • It was a change at first, but now I don’t even mind anymore. Plus I like that my water stays cold all day versus just an hour or so in a plastic bottle.

  • Laura Keenan

    Love this! I’m actually a pretty big hippie, so we cloth diaper, use cloth napkins, recycle, etc. etc. 🙂

    • Ha! That’s awesome though! I’m super impressed with people who cloth diaper.