Cutting down on waste doesn’t just help our beautiful home planet, but over time it’s much more affordable! The tips I’m sharing today are also quite fun and lovely products. I would call them life-changing. Here are my 10 simple ways to live more sustainably.
1 Use glass straws. Straws help you drink more fluids during the day, and faster too. If you love morning smoothies straws are a must. I don’t currently make smoothies, but I make my own healthy drinks for variety and to encourage me to stay more hydrated. Some drinks I love are making my own sodas with ginger and mint or this awesome Persian drink called Doogh (it’s made with yogurt + mint + a bit of salt + sparkling water). Full recipe for Doogh HERE.
2. Thin microfiber or other thin quick drying towels to replace your paper towels, dish towel, and hand towel. Get all the same color and buy in bulk for around the house. I prefer to buy white so I can bleach them when needed. Once they wear out, I use them to clean the cars or general dusting around the house. You’ll save so much in those wasteful paper towels and a lot of washing and drying time for thicker regular towels. If you’re just drying your hands after washing (the majority of use) just hang them and they’ll dry quick for use soon after. Keep a few in a basket with a toss basket near by if you like using a fresh towel every time.
3. Insulated double-walled hot and cold beverage travel cup
4. Dryer Balls are reusable and lower drying time (saving energy), anti-static, and a natural chemical-free fabric softener. If you’re not sold fabric-softeners contain some of the most toxic chemicals. Full of endocrine disruptors and nasty fragrance. Causing allergies, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, etc. Even the “natural” ones are not good for human use. Once I found out I was happy to lose that extra expense.
5. If you love to host dinner parties and large gatherings, it might be time to invest in a set of event glasses, plates, and cutlery. I often host 14 people dinner parties for my friends and blogger brunches for my bloggers group, Miami Bloggers Media. If you love parties as much as I do, save yourself the trouble, ongoing expense, and of tons of waste. Those disposable cups, plates, and cutlery can get out of hand. That’s a lot of waste. It might be easy to toss it all in a big garbage bag at the end of the night, but you know where all that waste goes…a landfill or worse.
I bought a lidded storage bin and packed all my party supplies. A real tablecloth that I can just bleach and wash after, glasses, cutlery, plates, etc. I bought a large set with a few extras to account for the occasional breakage.
At the end of the event someone usually stays back to help me load the dishwasher. It’s not that much trouble. I also know I have a set ready to go if I every want to do something last minute. No rush trips to Party City, no waste, and parties always look fancy. People are always pleasantly surprise to see actual dishes at a party. For me, I like to go for fun stuff that I wouldn’t use everyday for parties. The amethyst goblets, gold flatware, and a mix and match vintage looking china (you can find them at TJMaxx for a steal or check Etsy and Ebay). But if you want to be cost effective check out the other options for a neutral choices you can purchase in larger sets.
6. Cloth Reusable (bleach-able) Napkins. These are not just great for parties (so buy in bulk), but everyday use at the dinner table. Paper napkins and paper towels are a waste. Buy some bright white resuable napkins and toss them in the laundry when you’re done. Even if you need to buy multiple sets so you have enough for a typical week they are still saving you money.
7. Use Rent The Runway! This may sound obvious, but we do it anyway. We go out and buy clothes for a one use event, only to have it take up space and clutter your life until you finally toss it. This isn’t sustainable. It’s a wasteful practice and we don’t have to do it anymore. Have no fear, you need never be seen in the same outfit twice at events. Rent The Runway has changed the game. Rent clothes, get two sizes at once if you’re unsure about which would fit, and if all else fails they will even overnight you a replacement dress. 😀 Click here for 20% off your first order.
8. Make a herb garden by a window in your home. This one is great! Seeds are cheap, but constantly buying herbs is expensive and wasteful. Even if you kill a few plants before you get good at it, it’s still cost effective in the long run. No space, no problem. Check out these options for even the tiniest space.
9. Use Reusable Shopping Bag. This easy tip is great. Get the kind you can crunch up and stuff in your purse or pocket. Keep one in your car. Do whatever you need to do so you don’t forget it. No more wasted plastic and paper bags 😀
10. Support Sustainable and Organic Businesses with your dollars. Where you spend your money has the biggest impact. If you want to live sustainability, but don’t support the businesses that do this, you are not helping them thrive. It may be more expensive, out of the way, or a little more effort on your part, but it is always worth it.
HOW ARE YOU LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY?
Get to the comments and share your tips. I would love to hear them.