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Environ-Mental: Ideas for Being More Environmentally-Minded at Home

One thing is for sure, the environment is about the only one winning during this quarantine. Less cars on the road and less people out and about means Mother Nature is a happy camper right now. However, being stuck inside for Earth Day this year shouldn’t stop you from Reducing, Reusing and Recycling your heart out. Here are some easy ways to be a little more environmentally-minded while at home.

 

  1. Finally figure out which plastic/cardboard/glass containers are actually recyclable.
  2. Start composting. There are companies (Common Rot, Compostable, Epic Renewal) that offer monthly subscriptions to pick up and drop off composting containers. Many famers markets also accept home compost!
  3. Eat a little less meat. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. Reducing your meat intake (even by a little bit) once or twice a week helps to save water.
  4. Borrow books instead of buying new ones or buy/rent e-books.
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water. 75-90% of the energy your washer uses goes to warming up cold water. Washing your clothes in cold water has benefits for the Earth, your clothes AND your wallet.
  6. If you’re still showering, try using a bar of soap instead of body wash. Body wash uses more water to produce, more packaging to store and doesn’t last as long as a good old-fashioned bar of soap.
  7. Consider using beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap. They’re reusable, keep your food fresh and usually come in a variety of cute patterns and colors.
  8. Use a pour over, French press or drip coffee maker over a Keurig or Nespresso. French presses and pour over coffee makers are great trash-free options for your morning pick-me-up. You can always use a reusable coffee filter, but coffee filters and grinds are also compostable!
  9. Start a small garden. You have the time, why not use it to grow your own food! Even if you’re in a tiny apartment and are lacking yard space, you can still create an herb-filled windowsill garden. Not to mention, biophilia has some seriously amazing health benefits.
  10. Live Local. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and have farm-fresh deliciousness delivered right to your door while simultaneously supporting your community.

 

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