We don’t all have the ability to change the world over night, but we should not underestimate the power that we have to change our own world, and then inspire others to do the same. Here are some ways to create less waste and do our part towards creating a more sustainable future.
1. Use less laundry detergent. Keep in mind that the company who sold you the stuff is suggesting the amount you need (meaning they want you to use it up fast), so experiment with what works for you.
2. Buy used books. Checking out books from the library works great too, but there are plenty of places online that you can buy used books that are good as new, for rock bottom prices.
3. Stick with natural household cleaners. Cut out the heavy chemicals and stick with the natural ingredients that actually get the job done. Think baking soda, vinegar, borax, and lemon for the world’s health as well as your own.
4. Don’t buy prepackaged meals. When you can buy food fresh or in bulk and cook it yourself you can save a lot of money and also a lot of unnecessary packaging materials. Choosing vegetarian options over meat a couple days a week can cut down on your carbon footprint big time.
5. Don’t buy things that you don’t need. Cutting down on impulse buys can help, as can borrow things when you need them instead of buying them, like camping equipment for example.
6. Create less garbage. Compost your food scraps when you can, make mulch from leaves to use in the yard, learn how to make repairs on things instead of tossing and replacing them. Instead putting appliances or furniture out for the garbage man, list them on Craigslist for free or another sharing site so that someone who needs them can come pick them up instead.
7. Save water. Take shorter showers and switch to sustainable shower heads. Only wash your clothes when you need to, and skip a toilet flush here and there. Wash your car using a bucket instead of the hose on full force to save a ton of water, and make small changes like turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth.
8. Save energy. Always turn the lights out when you leave a room, unplug your appliances when they’re not in use, use lower watt light bulbs and/or switch to more environmentally sustainable ones, and use ceiling fans to support your central heating and cooling system and ensure you use it as efficiently as possible.
9. When you’re done with clothing, give it to charity or turn it into rags as opposed to throwing it away. For that matter, shop used clothing when it’s possible as well.