9 SIMPLE & SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES TO START

Hi there! I’ve been trying my best to do what I can for our lovely planet and make more conscious decisions about my actions. I thought it would be helpful to write about some sustainable practices that you can try! If we all do our part to help, it could make a really big impact on the world.

  1. Reusable K-cups for Keurig – I just bought these awesome little pods that I can fill with my coffee grounds. They have different sizes depending on your own Keurig coffee maker, and they’re easy to clean!
  2. Thrift shopping or purchasing from ethical brands – Thrift shopping is really fun (especially with friends) and you can find some great pieces. Now, I’m becoming more mindful of what materials the clothes are made out of as well as the factories where they’re made. I’ve been loving Girlfriend Collective, which is an activewear brand that makes its clothes out of recycled materials. Girlfriend Collective comes from an ethical factory and their dye is eco-friendly. They also provide a cute travel bag! Check out Girlfriend Collective here!
  1. BYOB or bring your own bag – We’ve all heard that plastic is bad for the environment. In my Environmental Studies class, I learned about an entire island called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch because of the tons and tons of plastic that end up there. To combat this, I’ve collected many reusable grocery bags, including handmade ones sewed by my mom. I also take mesh baggies to the grocery store for produce instead of using the plastic ones!
  2. Cooking at home more often – I get it; sometimes we crave Chick-fil-A. However, by buying fast food, we contribute to more packaging, which leads to more waste. Nevertheless, it’s time to try out that new recipe you’ve been eyeing! (I made this spicy fusilli recipe the other day if you want to try it out!)
  1. Use old pasta jars to hold ingredients – Buy ingredients in bulk and store your ingredients. This is one of my favorite practices because it’s not only sustainable, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing!
jars filled with ingredients
  1. Reusable straws – This one is pretty obvious: Save the turtles! I got mine from Amazon below.

  1. Meatless Mondays – I recently incorporated Meatless Mondays into my life, and it hasn’t been that difficult! Dedicating 1 day of the week to reduce meat consumption benefits our personal health and the health of our planet. You can find more information here.
  2. Unplug appliances – This tip is really easy! Simply unplug certain appliances to save energy, and as a result, you’ll be able to save some money on your electric bills.
  3. Think Dirty app – The Think Dirty app lets you search a product and shows how “dirty” it is (or isn’t). The app rates a product (10 being dirty and 1 being clean) depending on if the ingredients could have long term effects on your health! I recently looked up the face wash that I use, and it rated the ingredients an 8. A lot of products contain polyethylene, so it’s safe to say I need to use a new face wash!

Small sustainable steps in the right direction can truly help the Earth in an extraordinary way. Even the smallest of steps counts!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and consider making simple sustainable changes in your daily life. Thanks for reading!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, read my last post on Japan here.

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