10 Easy Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly

Looking to leave a smaller carbon footprint and green up your lifestyle? For the long-term, there are an infinite number of options. To start, brush up on your literature; there is a plethora of information on the internet and in books on how to make a minimal environmental impact. You can also sign up for email newsletters and get daily or weekly tips sent directly to you letting you know how you can creatively save the planet with your lifestyle. You can also encourage your business to go green by coming up with creative, long-term solutions for energy efficiency and resource reduction (and save the company money as a bonus!).

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By living the words “reduce, reuse, recycle,” you can literally transform your entire life – think electric cars, green roofs, and solar driven everything. You can also donate money, time or supplies to an environmental charity and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.

But for those without a million dollars and the time to do a complete lifestyle overhaul, you can start reducing your carbon footprint now, in many little ways.  It doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or time consuming. It can even be fun! Here are 10 incredibly easy tips to get you on the path to being more environmentally friendly.

  1. Change Your Eating Habits
  • Buy whole produce and loose grains instead of boxed or packaged options
  • Make your own soups and sauces
  • Freeze food instead of throwing it out
  • Eat Less Meat
  1. Use Less Energy for Your Appliances
  • Use LED lightbulbs
  • Turn off lights when you’re not using them
  • Unplug electronics and appliances when you’re not using them
  1. Use Less Water
  • Take shorter showers
  • Do laundry and dishes only when loads are full
  • Don’t leave water running while doing dishes or brushing your teeth
  • Consider low flow shower head and toilet options
  1. Drive Less
  • Walk or ride your bike around town
  • Combine multiple small trips into one
  • Carpool
  1. Green Clean
  1. Go Paperless
  • Choose electronic billing
  • Read the news online
  • Store documents on your computer instead of printing
  1. Recycle and compost
    • Recycle cans, bottles, paper and plastic regularly
    • Recycle large items like computers and air conditioners with your waste management company
    • Compost Your Food
    • Bring plastic bags to grocery stores who recycle them
  1. Replace Disposable Items
  • Get a water filter instead of buying bottled water
  • No more single use razors
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Buy hand soap in bulk and use your own dispenser
  1. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
  • Get your own water bottle
  • Use cloth bags for grocery shopping to avoid more plastic bags
  • Buy used instead of new
  • Donate items instead of throwing them away
  1. Plant Something
  • Grow your own food (herbs and veggies are easiest)
  • Participate in a community garden
  • Plant a tree (or 2!)