What’s stopping you from adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle? If visions of having to completely overhaul your life are filling your head, wave them away. There are plenty of simple ways to live greener that only require minimal effort on your part. Once you’ve made these changes, you can gradually move on to the bigger ones.
1. Start using natural cleaning products.
When you’ve used up what you currently have, shop for natural cleaners to use instead. Look for ones that contain eco-friendly ingredients, such as lemon, rather than harsh chemicals.
2. Buy a water pitcher or faucet filter.
Bottled water might seem convenient, but those bottles certainly aren’t environmentally friendly. Use a faucet filter or water pitcher with recyclable filters instead.
3. Shut off your computer.
Turn your computer off before you head to bed each night. This saves energy and makes your computer last longer by cutting down on wear and tear.
4. Print on both sides.
Set your printer up to print on both sides of the paper. You’ll be saving trees, as well as money since you won’t have to buy it as often.
5. Don’t do the dishes.
Let your dishwasher do the work for you. Running a dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand. Just make sure you fill it up before running it. That way, you won’t have to use it as much.
6. Use eco-friendly beauty products.
Check labels and buy personal care items with green ingredients. These are healthier for you, and they’re easy to find in drugstores. You’ll find a wide range of options in makeup, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and even eco-friendly nail polish that helps prevent toenail fungus.
7. Watch out for energy vampires.
Appliances that are plugged into the wall draw power whether they’re actually being used or not. Plug your TV, DVD player and game systems into a power strip and switch it off at night. Unplug phone chargers when they’re not in use. This will reduce energy usage and lower your electric bill.
8. Don’t speed on the road.
Once you hit 60 mph, your car starts using up gas more rapidly, which isn’t good for the environment or your wallet. It boosts exhaust emissions and sends you to the gas station to fill up more often.
9. Switch to energy saving light bulbs.
The next time you’re out buying bulbs, look for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). These use a lot less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, which means you won’t have to change bulbs as much.
10. And finally, go green.
Make your room greener in a literal sense by adding some houseplants. Many common houseplants, such as spider plants, are easy to take care of and keep the air in your home clean by getting rid of toxins.
The author Sandy Getzky is an associate editor at ProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments.