A Beginner’s Guide to Being Sustainable
If you’re new to the Sustainable Lifestyle...We’d like to Welcome you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We appreciate you for joining the Movement towards keeping our families, our local communities, and our planet healthy and clean.
To start, here are some easy ways to live a more environmentally-friendly life:
Use What You Have
Instead of buying more items right away, use what you already have before replacing your item with its sustainable counterpart. This will not only help save the environment, but also your wallet!
If you have bottled shampoo and conditioner at home, finish them up before buying waste-free soap bars.
Someone give you beauty products for Christmas? Enjoy them before heading to the beauty supply store to get more.
Have a stack of Tupperware in the kitchen? Use them for your next picnic lunch instead of single-use disposables.
Using what you already have means:
You’re keeping one less item from our landfills and oceans.
You’re taking only what you need from Mother Earth’s resources.
You’re helping to keep our air clean with one less drive to the store and one less package delivered at your door!
Shop with Reusable Bags
As previously mentioned,17.6 billion pounds of plastic end up in our oceans every year, harming many sea animals, and are consumed by the seafood that we eat.
One way to help keep plastic out of our oceans and landfills is to shop with reusable bags.
You can use a plastic bag that you already have.
Use a pillowcase or backpack if you have no other options!
And if you keep forgetting your bag at home, you can clip one on to your purse or keychain.
Bring Your Own Water Bottle
In 2018 over 14.5 million tons of plastic found their way into our trash. And it takes 100 years for plastic to degrade in the environment. One way we can keep plastic from ending up in our landfills and oceans is to replace single-use plastic water bottles with our own reusable water bottles. Don’t want to buy a water bottle? Use a spaghetti sauce jar!
Fill your bottle up at home before leaving the house.
Keep a few bottles in your car (out of the sun, of course!)
Carry one in a backpack with you. You can even find small ones that fit in your purse.
If you’re on the go, you can use the RefillMyBottle app to find places where you can refill your water bottle, or pop into a Chipotle or Starbucks for a quick fill.
Be Aware of Packaging While You Shop
You can keep one less box or bag from entering our landfills by being mindful of packaging while you shop.
Ditch the packaged goods at the grocery store and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!
Support companies that package their items in recyclable packaging. (See our list here.)
Shop at the farmer’s market, where you can bring your reusable bag, support local farmers, and avoid most packaging altogether!
Replacing Household Items? Buy Used Or Sustainable Instead!
Instead of grabbing a new item, buy used or sustainable instead!
Check out our Sustainable Beauty Products, our Sustainable Home Products, and our Vintage Closet for Earth-friendly materials in recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable packaging.
And remember - making small changes is 100% OK!
Every small step counts.