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15 Ways to be Sustainable Every Day

Posted Oct 15, 2019

By Alyson Munson, Communications Coordinator

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead

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1. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle: Reusable Bottles are the perfect way to keep yourself hydrated without creating more plastic waste. Double-Walled insulated bottles are perfect for keeping your water cold all day.

2. Bring a Reusable cup: The water bottle might seem like a classic fix, but what about your morning coffee? Bring your own coffee cup to your morning stop – many places offer discounts to those who do.

3. Switch to Bamboo Brushes: Ditch the plastic! Bamboo hair and tooth brushes are biodegradable and up-to-par with its plastic counterpart.

4. Adopt Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Harsh chemicals in everyday products have more effects on our health and wellness than we know. Companies like Melaleuca are known for creating products that are better for us and our planet.

5. Shorten your showers: Taking less time in the shower = using less water! This one is another win/win, your water bill will be lower while you work towards using less!

6. Use Microfiber cloths: Instead of paper towels, use these for your everyday cleaning! Save your money and paper by switching! You can also purchase a small washing bag to go with these that trap the microfibers and keeps them out of our waterways.

7. Bring your Own Silverware: Use the silverware you already have at home, package it in a DIY container (like this one on YouTube), and easily reduce your plastic consumption.  

8. Buy Beeswax Wraps: These sustainable wraps take over the place of plastic wrap, and are super easy to purchase or DIY! All it takes is some beeswax and fabric squares to create these.

9. Carry Reusable Straws: Take these around to restaurants in place of the plastic straws they give you! There are so many different options available to purchase that will fit your everyday needs. 

10. Unplug your Unused Electronics: Chargers plugged in all day? Leaving the TV plugged in when nobody’s home? Unplug them, the environment, and your wallet, will thank you.

11. Have Meatless Mondays: Skipping on meat consumption one day a week can help reduce your carbon footprint, and is way easier than it seems!

12. Bring Reusable Shopping Bags: Many grocery stores are selling these themselves, but you can acquire them all over the internet! There are also bags for sale to use in place of plastic produce bags.

13. Shop Local: the fewer channels it takes your food to run through, the better. Opt for locally grown or organic products when food shopping!

14. Cook food at home: Being aware of your intake will allow you to control your portion sizes and use less food waste!

15. Dry your Dishes by Hand: Drying them with a (reusable) towel means less electricity, it is estimated that not using the auto-dry setting on your machine can cut it’s energy consumption by 50%.  

These and many other efforts can aide you in living more sustainably to benefit your own health and our environment! 

Samantha Lincoln of Melaleuca Lifestyle & Wellness is coming to Asbury Woods on Saturday, October 19 to discuss living healthy and green by reducing toxins in what we breathe. Join us for this FREE program from 10:30 – 11:30 am on Saturday, no pre-registration is required.