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Small Steps, Big Impact: How to Be More Eco-Friendly at Home

What It Means to Be Environmentally Friendly

Being eco friendly means living in a way that is not harmful to the environment. This way of life is becoming increasingly important, as we need to protect our planet from man-made damage. There are various ways that an individual can make sustainable changes in order to lessen the negative effect that our daily lives usually contribute to.

It is possible to be eco friendly in different areas of our lives.

It can be from a small change, like using a recyclable water bottle in your daily life, to a bigger investment, such as installing solar panels. 

Most people struggle to make a meaningful change because they simply don’t know where to begin.

Every Little Counts

There are lots of little things we can do in our homes to play our small part in reducing landfill waste, eliminate plastics, and preserving the planet earth. Here are a few small, easy, green choices we can make in our homes. Choose three that you’re not already doing, and make them a habit.

  1. Switch to energy efficient lightbulbs, and turn off lights when you leave the room.
  2. Stop using disposable bags. Buy reusable bags and carry with you.
  3. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
  4. Use cloth instead of paper towel in your kitchen.
  5. Use reusable facial rounds instead of disposable ones.
  6. Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage.
  7. Say no to plastic cutlery when ordering take out.
  8. Buy your food locally: the shorter the food chain, the less waste created before it reaches your kitchen.
  9. Write down what is inside of your fridge before you go grocery shopping to reduce waste.
  10. Ignore the dates on the package. Best-by, sell-by, and use-by are NOT expiration dates. There's no scientific way to predict the exact day something is going to expire so use your best judgement with smell and taste.
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