6 Unconventional Ways to Go Green Without Making Major Life Changes
Going green doesn’t have to involve dramatic lifestyle changes. Here are 6 unconventional yet impactful ways to go green in your daily life without disrupting your routine:
1. Use Reusable Containers
Carrying reusable containers for takeout food and beverages helps reduce single-use plastics. I keep collapsible silicone containers in my bag for grabbing food on-the-go. Using reusable produce bags at the grocery store also cuts down on plastic waste. With some simple planning, I’ve been able to significantly reduce my reliance on disposable containers.
2. Green Your Laundry Routine
Doing laundry is a regular chore for most people. To make it more eco-friendly, I switched to natural laundry detergent and wool dryer balls to reduce chemicals and excess packaging. I also wash clothes in cold water whenever possible, which cuts down on energy use. Finally, I extend time between washes for items like jeans that don’t get dirty as quickly. With a few easy tweaks, I’ve been able to green my laundry routine.
3. Alter Your Personal Care Routine
Many conventional personal care products contain harmful chemicals. I’ve started using natural shampoo and conditioner bars, as well as vegan soap to reduce plastic waste from bottles. I also switched to a safety razor rather than disposable plastic razors. Finally, I use reusable cotton rounds instead of disposable ones. Small changes to my self-care routine have made a big impact.
4. Opt for Secondhand
Buying secondhand clothing and furniture helps reduce waste and stops additional resources from being extracted to create new items. I routinely shop at local secondhand stores instead of buying new fast fashion. I’ve also furnished much of my apartment with gently used furniture from classified ads and thrift shops. Shopping secondhand takes more effort but reuses existing items.
5. Bring Your Own Bags
Plastic bags are wasteful and easily replaced. I keep reusable shopping bags in my car and backpack so I never take disposable plastic bags at stores. Many retailers now charge for bags which provides additional motivation. Bringing my own bags has become a seamless habit that reduces plastics each time I shop.
6. Compost Food Waste
Organic waste like food scraps and yard trimmings account for over 25% of what gets sent to landfills. I started a small compost bin for fruit and vegetable peelings rather than throwing them in the trash. Composting helps reduce methane emissions and creates nutritious soil. This simple act keeps pounds of food waste out of landfills every month.
With some creativity, there are many easy ways to go green without disrupting your lifestyle. Start with small changes that work for your life. Over time, the environmental benefits really add up. Going green doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference.