It may seem difficult to know where to start when it comes to being eco-friendly, but it doesn’t need to be.
The first and easiest place to start is reducing your waste when you’re out and about. It saves the planet and saves you money to carry refillable/reusable items like coffee cups, shopping bags, tissues, and water bottles. I also keep a variety of jars and small cloth bags for taking nuts or homemade snacks on the go. Going green doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; in fact, it can help you save quite a bit of money. I make a lot of things myself (like the tissues shown below made from old t-shirts) or buy multipurpose products, like coconut oil and shampoo/soap bars.
Here are my main tips for reducing waste and your carbon footprint:
- Reduce food waste by planning your meals and snacks for the week and only buying what you need at the market.
- Ditch single-use paper and plastic in favour of reusable items, such as cloth napkins, jars, produce bags, rags, safety razor, shopping bags, etc.
- Walk more
- Buy things second-hand or repair the things you have
- Only turn on lights and heating when necessary