Going green doesn’t have to mean completely overhauling your lifestyle. There are many small, easy steps you can take to be more eco-friendly without disrupting your daily routine. Here are 7 unconventional ways to go green without making big life changes:
1. Use Reusable Grocery Bags
Bringing reusable grocery bags when you go shopping is an easy way to avoid using tons of plastic bags. I keep a set of reusable bags in my car so I never leave home without them. Using reusable produce bags for fruits, vegetables, and bulk items cuts down on plastic waste too. This simple change saves hundreds of single-use plastic bags from entering landfills each year.
2. Switch to Bamboo Toothbrushes
Plastic toothbrushes are used for just a couple of months before being tossed out. Bamboo toothbrushes are a sustainable alternative. Since bamboo is fast-growing, bamboo toothbrushes are renewable and biodegradable. They are just as effective at cleaning teeth as plastic ones. I’ve found them to be very durable too.
3. Use Bar Soap Instead of Bottles
Bar soap lasts a lot longer than liquid hand soap or body wash in plastic bottles. By switching to bar soap, you can drastically reduce your plastic waste. Bar soap also tends to be less harsh on skin. I keep bar soap at my bathroom and kitchen sinks to avoid going through soap bottles so quickly.
4. Compost Food Scraps
Food waste makes up a surprising portion of our regular trash. Composting fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and other food scraps keeps them out of landfills where they produce methane gas as they decompose. I keep a small compost bucket on my counter that I empty into my backyard compost bin regularly. Compost makes great fertilizer for plants too!
5. Use Rechargeable Batteries
Single use batteries contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals. They end up in landfills after just one use. Investing in rechargeable batteries saves money and reduces waste in the long run. I use rechargeable AA and AAA batteries in my TV remotes, flashlights, wireless keyboards and other household devices. Charging them overnight makes sure I always have freshly powered batteries.
6. Switch to Solid Shampoo
Most shampoo comes in plastic bottles that are discarded when empty. Shampoo bars are a great alternative with zero plastic packaging. They last a lot longer than bottled shampoo too. I was surprised at how easy my transition to shampoo bars was. My hair feels just as clean without all the bottle waste.
7. Use Reusable Food Wrap
Plastic wrap and tin foil aren’t recyclable so they get tossed after one use. Beeswax food wraps are a reusable alternative. The natural wax coating allows them to cling to containers and cover leftovers. I use my beeswax wraps for everything from sandwiches to bowls. They save single-use plastic and metal from the trash with minimal effort.
Making green choices doesn’t require dramatic life changes. Small tweaks to your daily routine can reduce your environmental impact. With some creativity, you can go green in convenient ways that fit your lifestyle. What unconventional ways have you found to go green without disruption?