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101 Things You Can Do To Make Your Life and Home More Earth Friendly and Less Toxic
Posted by      04/10/2021 12:41:04     Is It Sustainable? , The Ethical Consumer Lifestyle!    0 Comments
101 Things You Can Do To Make Your Life and Home More Earth Friendly and Less Toxic

We all know by now that living a more sustainable life is better for our health and better for the planet. It means less toxins in our homes and bodies. Less pollution in our air and water. Less carbon and greenhouses gases in the atmosphere. For years, I’ve been saving blog posts and magazine articles about all the things I can and should be doing to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I have been implementing some of these strategies haphazardly, but what I really wanted was a more comprehensive plan of action. I’m a list person, so I decided to create a checklist of sorts that I could do one-by-one. This way, I am making progress and staying motivated as I set and achieve realistic goals.

 

I suggest picking at least one item per month to implement. If you live with other people, then definitely talk about the list as a household. It’s easier to make behavior changes when you’re doing it with other people, so encourage and support one another. Share it on Facebook or Instagram, and you might find encouragement from other people in your social circles. Or you might even inspire someone else to give one of these strategies a try!

 

Each of these things can be done at the individual level and in your own home. But they can also be done in your small group activities or clubs. They can be implemented in your workplace, place of worship or at your condo or apartment building. And you can even be the spark that ignites a change at your school or in your local community. Every small act is a ripple in a sea of change!

 

IN THE KITCHEN

1.       Use Glass or Metal Food Storage Containers

2.       Use Compostable or Reusable Coffee Pods

3.       Use Reusable Kitchen Wipes

4.       Use Natural Sponges

5.       Use Compostable Trash Bags

6.       Clean Your Fridge Coils

7.       Run Your Dishwasher at Night during Off Peak Hours

 

CLEAN UP YOUR PERSONAL HYGIENE ROUTINE

8.       Use Shampoo Bars Instead of Bottles

9.       Use Glass Hand Soap Bottles

10.   Use Toothpaste Bites Instead of Tubes

11.   Use Compostable Toothbrushes

12.   Use Compostable Floss

13.   Use Deodorant that Comes in Strips or Glass Jars

14.   Use a Menstrual Cup or Reusable Pads

15.   Use Reusable Ear Buds

16.   Use Make Up in Plastic-Free Packaging

17.   Use a Straight or Safety Razor

 

BATHROOM BUSINESS

18.   Use Bamboo Toilet Paper

19.   Use Compostable Trash Bags

20.   Install a Bidet

21.   Use a Low Flow Showerhead

22.   Use a Low Flow Toilet Flush

 

THROWING A PARTY?

23.   Use Compostable Single Use Plates, Cups and Utensils

24.   Use Cloth or Compostable Napkins

25.   Use Reusable Table Coverings

26.   Buy Secondhand Decorations

 

OUT AND ABOUT

27.   Use Cloth Bags and Not Single Use Plastic

28.   Use Compostable or Reusable Produce Bags

29.   Use Glass Jars or Compostable Bags for Bulk Items

30.   Use Glass or Metal Water Bottles

31.   Use Glass or Metal Coffee Cups

32.   Use Compostable or Reusable Take Away Containers

33.   Carry Your Own Reusable or Compostable Silverware

34.   Refuse the Straw

35.   Or Carry Your Own Metal or Compostable Straws

 

WASTE NOT

36.   Compost Food Waste

37.   Recycle Everything You Can

38.   Dispose of Unwanted Items Properly

39.   Donate or Recycle Unwanted Clothes, Shoes, Etc.

 

HOME CARE

40.   Use Household Cleaning Products that come in Strips, Cardboard or Glass

41.   Use Reusable Kitchen Wipes

42.   Use Natural Sponges and Reusable Cloths for Cleaning

43.   Use Reusable Cloths or Natural Brushes for Dusting

44.   Use Compostable Trash Bags

45.   Use a Biodegradable Toilet Brush

46.   Use a Non-Plastic Broom and Pan (Wood, Metal, Natural Fibers)

 

KID-FRIENDLY

47.   Use Secondhand Clothes

48.   Use Secondhand or Wooden Toys

49.   Use biodegradable or reusable diapers

50.   Use biodegradable or reusable wipes

 

FURRY FRIENDS

51.   Use Compostable Dog Poo Bags

52.   Use Shampoo Bars

53.   Use Natural Material Toys (Not Toxic Plastic)

 

BUY BETTER

54.   Buy Second Hand Technology (cell phones, laptops, tablets)

55.   Swap or Buy Second Hand Clothes, Shoes, Etc.

56.   Buy Second Hand or Sustainable Furniture

57.   Buy Locally-Made and Avoid Shipping

58.   Look for the Fairtrade label on food and clothes

59.   Shop at a CSA or Farmers Market

60.   Get locally-produced dairy, meat, etc.

61.   Buy New from Ethical Brands

 

THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

62.   Eat Less Meat

63.   Switch Your Energy Provider to Renewable

64.   Install Solar Panels

65.   Buy Carbon Offsets When You Travel

66.   Drive an Electric or Biofuel Vehicle

 

MONEY MATTERS

67.   Use Apps to Pay Bills and Send Money

68.   Change Your Investments to Environmentally Conscious Companies or At Least Divest

69.   Bank with an Environmentally Conscious Financial Institution

 

EASY FIX

70.   Mend Your Clothes

71.   Repair Broken Devices Instead of Replacing

72.   Refill the Ink in Your Pens

73.   Use Refillable White Board Markers

 

IT’S ELECTRIC

74.   Shut Off Your Lights

75.   Unplug Items Not Being Used

76.   Use LED Bulbs

77.   Unplug the House When You Go on Vacation

78.   Use Rechargeable Batteries

 

GARDEN GROWS

79.   Have a Houseplant or Two (in a Non-Plastic Pot)

80.   Plant a Garden

81.   Return Plant Containers to the Nursery

82.   Install Rainwater Catchments to Water the Plants

83.   Use a Manual or Electric Lawnmower

 

HOME IMPROVEMENT

84.   Fix Leaky Taps

85.   Add Insulation to Your Attic

86.   Install an Eco-Friendly Heat Source

87.   Install an Energy Efficient Water Heater

88.   Use Low VOC Paint

89.   Use Eco Materials When Remodeling

 

HOT OR COLD?

90.   Run Your Thermostat on a Schedule

91.   Use Cold Water to Wash Your Clothes

92.   Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater

93.   Line Dry Your Clothes

94.   Open Your Windows for Cool Air

95.   Use a Fan More Than AC

96.   Close the Drapes to Keep Out the Cold

 

FIVE MORE MAKES 101…

97.   Use a Handkerchief

98.   Gift Experiences Instead of Physical Gifts

99.   Reuse Your Prescription Bottle

100.  Take the Stairs

101.  Switch to an Eco Salon or Use Environmentally Friendly Hair Dye at Home

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