Just like we look after our bodies, it’s important to take care of the planet. Earth is our home and we only get one. For this reason, we should find ways to be more environmentally friendly in our daily lives.
We’re facing a lot of challenges right now, like climate change, poor air quality, and deforestation. These problems seem daunting. You may start wonder– can I really make a difference? The truth is, small everyday actions are often times the most powerful. Real change starts with each one of us. 🌏
30 Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Home
1. Add indoor plants.
Make your home more environmentally friendly by buying a fiddle leaf fig tree! (Or any plant really!) 🌱
Did you know that plants improve air quality and fight against pollution? Plus, they add such an inviting touch to your home.
2. Turn off the lights when you’re away.
Make sure to turn off all lights when you leave the room. This step is crucial to have an eco-friendly home. It’ll conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases!
We all know about this eco-friendly practice, but sometimes recycling effectively isn’t easy. Remember to remain mindful of your recycling habits.
Check out these helpful recycling tips by Sustainably Savvy. The post also features recycling symbols and what they mean!
4. Start an “empties” challenge.
I’ve read so many amazing “empties” post by other bloggers. To start your own “empties” challenge, simply go through your drawers and challenge yourself to empty your beauty products. Try not to buy anything else until you’ve finish the products you already own. You’ll save money, rediscover old faves, and help the environment!
5. Buy reusable kitchenware instead of plastic.
Do what you can to skip plastic whenever possible. Visit affordable shops and stock up on reusable kitchen tools. My personal go-to for kitchen finds is Marshalls. They have the CUTEST mugs and dishes!
Other cute options:
6. Use your bike.
This eco-friendly form of transportation has a lot of benefits. You’ll stay active and spend more time outdoors! ☀️
7. Wash your hair every other day.
You’ll use a lot less water with this small lifestyle change!
8. Reuse your grocery bags.
Plastic bags are unfortunately standard in grocery stores. It’s hard, but slowly start to bring your own reusable bags to the store. I found these sturdy reusable grocery bags on Amazon and they have amazing reviews! Already placed my order!
9. Donate clothing.
Another great way to be more eco-friendly is to donate your clothes.
Have a spring cleaning session in July! Browse your closet and pick out clothes that you don’t wear much anymore.
Ask yourself these 10 simple questions as you declutter your closet. They’ll help you filter through your things more easily!
10. Don’t leave water running.
This is especially important when you’re cooking or washing dishes. In fact, even just brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water! Doing small things like turning the faucet off while you’re scrubbing dishes helps a ton!
11. Make your own skincare products.
A lot of beauty products are stored in plastic bottles. Combat waste by making your own skincare products. I recently found this awesome avocado face mask on Pinterest. It only calls for four ingredients and one of them is optional. This is also a fantastic homemade option for anyone with sensitive skin!
12. Keep scrap paper to use again.
I learned this crafty tip from my grandma! She keeps scrap paper from random mail pieces or journals. That way, if she ever wants to write anything down, she can use the paper again. I’ve done quite a few projects for my blog and reused decorative paper for posts. Keep a “junk” drawer with scrap paper and find ways to use it more than once.
13. Get creative with containers for storage.
Reuse storage containers for different items in your fridge. When I was little, my grandma used to do this all the time. Back then, I laughed every time I opened up a Cool Whip container and found last night’s dinner stored in there. Now, I think she’s innovative. 😂
Take Nonna’s advice and repurpose your Cool Whip containers!
14. Try an eco-friendly alternative to makeup wipes.
Rather than using makeup wipes, try out reusable pads!
15. Open the windows.
Instead of turning on the AC, open your windows. This lets fresh air into your place and it’s better for your health! On hot days, do your best to turn the air up only when you’re cooking or eating dinner. Additionally, look into if your AC unit has an energy saving setting!
16. Cut out usage of straws.
Plastic straws aren’t biodegradable. This means that they eventually get tossed and thrown in the ocean. Pollution is extremely dangerous for marine life. To have a more environmentally friendly home, cut out straws completely.
If you use straws for coffee, purchase a reusable tumbler. Starbucks sells them at all of their stores. They’re super pretty! You can also find tumblers at any supermarket or on Amazon.
17. Work from home when possible.
Cars emit greenhouse gases like CO2. This becomes harmful for the environment, especially during rush hour traffic.
Ask if you can work from home on certain days of the week. Even one workday at home helps!
Some jobs may not allow this arrangement, though. Instead, try biking to work or carpooling with your coworkers!
18. Call your local reps.
Please don’t be afraid to talk to your town’s representatives! Often times, local changes are the most powerful. Visit your town’s website and see if you can find a section for elected officials. Also, look for local meetings, volunteering opportunities, and events. You can make a change in your community just by voicing your concerns!
19. Clean with hand towels.
Lysol wipes come in handy at times, but they’re wasteful. This is because wipes aren’t biodegradable. Most of them contain plastic, too. For a more environmentally friendly solution, try reusable hand towels. Amazon has tons of affordable options!
20. Read instead of watching TV.
Save energy by turning off your TV and reading a good book. If you want some reading inspo, check out my Dreamy Summer 2019 Reading List!
Right now, I’m working on Lock Every Door by Riley Sager and I’m obsessed. Literally can’t put the book down!
21. Be an outfit repeater.
I just had to casually insert that Lizzie McGuire quote.
Don’t follow Kate Sanders’ advice. Please be an outfit repeater. It’s important to make use of the clothing you already own. You’ll reduce waste in this way. It’s okay to wear an outfit more than a few times. You can style a look in a way that’ll completely change the outfit. I personally love the 10 x 10 outfit challenge!
22. Shop at your local farmers market.
Supporting local businesses is one of the best ways to be more environmentally friendly. Search for farmers markets near your home and shop at local grocery stores. You can even turn a visit to the farmers market into a fun summer date!
23. Follow a vegetarian diet during the weekdays.
Reduce your carbon footprint by cutting back on meat. Slowly do this by making yummy vegetarian meals one or two days out of the week. Alejandro and I have been cooking mostly vegetarian dinners on the weekdays. On weekends, we’ll usually go out to eat since we’re not always at home. Aside from being environmentally friendly, It’s healthier and cheaper!
A few of my fave vegetarian meals:
24. Opt for plant based cleaning supplies.
Many mainstream cleaning supplies contain a lot of harmful ingredients. They also aren’t good for the environment. Opt for more eco-friendly and plant based options. I recently switched to Seventh Generation cleaning products. They’re a bit pricier than standard cleaning products but so worth the money! Mrs. Meyer’s is another awesome eco-friendly option!
25. Plant a tree in your backyard.
Trees are a gift to our planet. 🌎 I mean just look at all of their wonderful benefits!
26. Only run your dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.
As I was researching this topic, I found a lot of articles stating that dishwashers are generally more eco-friendly than hand washing. This is because they’ve become more efficient over the years. Still, make sure that you’re practicing good habits. A couple of handy tips include skipping the pre-rinse cycle and air drying.
27. Ask for e-bills.
A super easy eco-friendly practice is to go paperless! Here are some ways to cut down on junk mail. ✉️
28. Unplug throughout the day.
Make sure you’re unplugging appliances that you’re not using at the moment. This includes microwaves, toasters, cell phone chargers, laptop chargers, and more. Give your place a quick scan to ensure that unused appliances aren’t actually turned on.
29. Use cold water when washing clothes.
90% of energy used during a laundry session comes from hot water.
Next time you’re doing laundry, make sure you’re choosing the cold setting. It’ll help save a large amount of energy!
30. Have a garage sale.
Have a garage sale at your place! You can sell or donate your items to neighbors. Garage sales are always so much fun and a great way to find neat items!
During college, I remember going to a couple of garage sales. One time, I even found copies of books that I needed for school!
Plus, summer is peak garage sale season! 🏖️
What are some of your tips for being more environmentally friendly? Also, which tip from this list was your favorite? x