5 Easy Ways To Go Green
Posted on November 05 2017
1. Let thrift shops become your best friend and avoid falling victim to fast fashion. We buy and throw away clothes at an alarming rate—our landfills currently have over 26 billion pounds of textiles in them. Chain clothing stores sell cheap clothing, which has resulted in people buying more clothes than they ever have before—most of which get worn once, a few times, or never at all, only to be thrown away. Instead of buying new clothing, check out your local thrift stores.
2. Ditch the harmful cleaning sprays and solvents, and make your own homemade cleaning products—no special ingredients required. Most of us already have the basic ingredients needed to make our own cleaning solutions such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Not only does DIY-ing your cleaning routine avoid harmful, environmentally-damaging chemicals, it also cuts down on the packaging and manufacturing required to produce them—all of which have an impact on soil, water, and air quality.
3. Green up your beauty routine by choosing vegan and eco-friendly beauty products. While it’s not something we often think about—or something the cosmetic industry encourages us to think about—beauty products have a huge impact on the environment. Environmentally harmful chemicals found in the majority of makeup, such as titanium dioxide, parabens, and triclosan, have been shown to have harmful consequences for freshwater organisms and sea life, as well as damaging effects on coral reefs.
4. Plant something! Even if you live in an apartment or shared living space, you can plant herbs in everything from a steel pasta strainer to upcycled plastic totes. Growing your own food is not only rewarding, but eating locally limits the distance our food has to travel and thus cuts down on air pollution.
5. Invest in a reusable coffee mug. One million disposable cups end up in landfills every minute—many of which are styrofoam and paper coffee cups. Styrofoam cups are primarily made up of polystyrene, which is derived from petroleum, thus it never fully breaks down and releases methane gas as it sits in the landfill. Invest in a coffee mug to have your local coffee shop fill instead of a single-use cup.