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25 Lazy Ways to Save the Planet

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The statistics are pretty dismal, so we won’t bore you with specifics — but we all know the environment is seriously struggling, especially when it comes to garbage and pollution. The bleak reality of environmental destruction can, at times, seem overwhelming. How many tons of garbage? How much noxious gas from carbon emissions?

It can be easy, when faced with such daunting facts, to throw in the towel and give up entirely. If all of humanity is responsible, your neglect couldn’t possibly do that much more harm… But, collectively, it really can. And when you total your individual impact throughout the span of your lifetime, the effect can be massive.

Hiding behind excuses is also tempting. Recycling is hard. How are you supposed to get to work if you can’t drive? And as for repurposing plastics, you are terrible at crafting.

But some environmentally-friendly changes are so simple, there is no excuse. For the average lazy person, here are 25 totally accessible ways to save the planet that will hardly require you lift a finger.

Buy Food in Bulk

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Food packaging adds up quickly — especially if you’re buying snack packs and individually wrapped bars. Every time you unwrap one, you’re generating more trash and more unnecessary waste. An easy way to cut back is to buy snack foods in bulk. Consider buying large packages of nuts, dried fruits, and snack mix. You can always divvy them out later — preferably in an environmentally-friendly package.

Buy Local Produce

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Some grocery store produce is shipped from thousands of miles away. All that transportation can cost you — both in terms of your wallet and your carbon footprint. Cut back on gas emissions and your grocery bill by buying local. Farmers market prices are often lower than typical grocery fare. The produce might expire more quickly, but it’ll be worth it.

Cool It With the Thermostat

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When it’s cold outside, you really don’t need to be cranking the heat full blast. Same goes for your air conditioning — it’ll save you money (and carbon dioxide emissions) to be a little more modest with your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. When you sleep, you can crank it even lower.

Cut Back on Food Waste

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Do Less Laundry

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Who said being environmentally conscious was a chore? Doing fewer chores can actually help preserve the environment. If your clothes smell, by all means please wash them. But if you can wear a pair of pants or a sweater a second time without washing it, you should. Most standard washing machines use up to 40 gallons of water per load.

Donate Old Cell Phones

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A broken cell phone is a huge bummer — but it’s even more of a bummer for whatever landfill it may end up in. The tiny machines are filled with chemicals that don’t exactly mesh nicely with nature and soil. Lead, mercury, and non-biodegradable plastic are all involved in their production. However, there are ways to recycle these items. Simply find an agency nearby with a collection location and donate your old phone. Many of the parts can be reused!

Don’t Bag Your Produce

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Every time you wrap your produce in plastic, you’re creating waste that could have been prevented. We know it seems like you’re keeping your produce clean and preventing it from whatever bacteria is lingering on your grocery cart, but let’s be real. Your produce has already been exposed to all kinds of germs before you place it in the bag. Other people’s hands, whatever mode of transport is used by the grocery store, and your own hands are all potential sources of contamination. That’s why washing your fruits and vegetables before eating them is so important! Don’t bother with the bag.

Go to the Library

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It might feel nice to get newspapers and magazines delivered, but it’s costing the planet a lot of paper. Plus, how many of those papers go unread? Your local library is stocked with all the newspapers and magazines you can read — plus, they happen to have a few books there, too. For exactly zero dollars, you can read as many as you’d like.

Order Sustainably Caught Fish

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Pay Your Bills Online

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This simple switch will save time and trees. Most banks make it easy to sign up for online banking; you’ll likely find it’s far more convenient, too. If possible, reduce the number of receipts you request, as well. Every ATM receipt is paper that didn’t need to be wasted.

Recycle More Than Just Glass, Paper, and Plastic

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Did you know you can recycle toothbrushes? What about old CD’s, batteries, and bicycles? Even if most of these items don’t belong in the bin, they’re still recyclable. There are all kinds of recyclable household items you’re probably throwing away.

Switch to a Drying Rack

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A drying rack might be bulky and annoying, but if you have the space you should definitely make the switch. You’ll never have to waste energy drying your clothes and you’ll actually help your clothes to last longer. The harsh heat of the dryer can wear away cloth.

Switch to Green Energy

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Many states offer the option to switch to renewable energy from your local power company — you only have to know about the option to ask. It’s usually free to make the switch, and amounts to only a few extra dollars on your monthly bill. Once you opt for green energy, your electrical will come from sustainable sources such as wind, water, or solar energy. Simply check the website for the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to see if your area offers the service.

Turn the Lights Off When You Leave the Room

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It’s as simple as a flip of a switch. Break the habit of leaving unnecessary lights on by leaving little reminders on Post-It notes by your light switches. Eventually, it will become old hat — and the money you save on energy costs can add up!

Use Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

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Energy Star-qualified lightbulbs can save a ton of energy over time. Even though they cost more than your typical lightbulb, they’ll also save you money. Energy-efficient bulbs last much longer than the rest, so you’ll have to buy lightbulbs less often.

Use Plastic Containers for Your Food

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When you’re packing your lunch, take a second to think about the planet. While plastic food containers are easily washable and reusable, plastic bags and aluminum foil are not. Reduce the amount of waste generated simply by packing a little differently. Saving and reusing plastic containers from takeout is also a great way to cut back on waste; you’ll also save money on buying your own! Just don’t microwave them. You could be releasing unwanted chemicals into your food.

Use Power Strips

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Power strips are useful for a number of reasons — mainly, plugging in more than just two electronics in the same area of your home. However, using one of these nifty devices can save a ton of energy. Even when you turn off some electronics, they continue sucking power from the socket. It’s called “phantom power,” and you waste it every time an electronic doesn’t truly turn off. Some types of power strip can completely shut down when things are still plugged in, but powered off. You can also shut them off manually.

Use Reusable Grocery Bags

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These cloth bags can carry lots of bacteria, but they’re still worth using. Wash the bags as you would your clothes to protect your produce and rest easy knowing you’re protecting the planet, as well. Even the paper bags at grocery stores are bad for the environment — maybe even worse than the plastic.

Use a Laptop

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If you’re choosing between a laptop and a desktop for your new computer, here’s a fact that might sway your decision: Laptops use about half the energy of your typical desktop. Opting for a laptop could save you money off your electric bill — not to mention it would conserve a lot of energy.

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

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Use the Dishwasher

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We’re giving you a new excuse not to do the dishes. Washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than running full loads in the dishwasher.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

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According to Energy Star, 90 percent of the energy used when washing your clothes comes from heating water. Many people assume that cold water doesn’t work as well to get your clothes clean, but that’s not completely true. While hot water can be more effective generally, cold-water detergents are designed to work just as well as normal detergent in hot water.

Wear Organic Cotton

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20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


20 Simple Things You Can Do to Help Save the Planet

These tips make living environmentally-friendly easy and sustainable.

When you think about living environmentally-friendly, what immediately comes to mind? If the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is the first thing you think about, it's probably because PBS ingrained it in our minds since we were little. But it's important: "Making choices grounded in that system, in that order, will help you to live a greener and more sustainable life," says David Katz, co-founder and CEO of eco-friendly sock company, Swaggr. So although you may already recycle milk cartons, reuse wrapping paper, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, there are lots of little ways we can live more sustainably that, collectively, can make a big impact on our planet.

You may already have a reusable water bottle, but in case you've been holding out: More than 26 million tons of plastic was discarded in landfills in 2017 alone, with a recycling rate of just about 8.4%. That's low. Skip recycling single-use water bottles altogether and opt for a reusable plastic, glass, or aluminum bottle instead.

Cleaning your home is no easy feat, but choosing your cleaning tools can be! Instead of going out to buy paper towels or sponges (which can become bacteria-ridden after several uses), why not try using an old T-shirt as a wash cloth? "Using old rags, cut up shirts, and other cloth items for cleaning is so much better than disposable paper products," says Laura Campas, co-owner of eco-friendly store, ecomended. "Not only are you repurposing things you had around the house, but they can be used over and over again."

When you purchase fruits and veggies from your local farmers' market, you're getting the freshest ingredients possible without adding to wastes and carbon emissions. As people grow more environmentally conscious, the rise of farmers' markets nationwide has seen a 6% increase from 8,144 in 2013 to 8,771 in 2019. By shopping this way, "there is no massive logistics needed to get the products to you, and it's a great feeling to know that you're supporting your own community," Campas says.

Paper, glass, and plastic are a few materials that are used in packaging to protect foods and merchandise, but once the product is in our homes, it's usually tossed out. While more than 40 million tons of this packaging is being recycled, it takes a heck of a long time before these materials can be broken down.

Your next best bet is choosing products to buy with biodegradable packing made from materials like mushroom or starch, which naturally decay into soil over time. Campas says this kind of packaging is much better for the planet, adding, "Less junk sitting in landfills that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down is always a great thing."

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop, do you request a straw? It may seem like no big deal since it's such a small amount of plastic, but these single-use items are actually very hard to recycle, and often end up in the ocean. By 2050, there could even be more plastic waste in the ocean than actual fish.

The solutions? Either drink straight from the cup or try a reusable straw. Heather Kauffman, co-founder and CIO of sustainable store Full Circle Home, tells us she likes to drink from a straw, so she has them handy. "I stash straws and reusable bags in every purse and backpack I have so I&rsquom never without," she says. Want to get on her level? There are several straw options out there that are made of BPA-free silicone, metal, or bamboo. Some even come with a cleaner and a carrying case!

One of the most convenient ways of getting from point A to point B is in a car, but if you're driving around solo, about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide is being emitted into the air on a yearly basis. It's what makes up most of the greenhouse gases, which make the planet warmer. When going to work, try scheduling a carpool with colleagues, take the public bus or train, or better yet, try biking or walking. Your health will thank you!

Composting can sound intimidating, but trust us, it's really easy! All you need are a few essentials: brown ingredients like dirt or dried leaves, green ingredients like food scraps, and water. You can compost outside, but for those who don't have a backyard, opt for a small bin. "It can be a bit scary and overwhelming at first," Kauffman says, "but starting with a countertop composter collector is an easy beginning step."

Organic materials, like egg shells, leaves, and veggies peels, make up over 28% of wastes consumers tend to throw away, but can actually be turned into nutrient-rich soil through composting. "This is a great option to minimize landfill waste and deter the creation of methane gases getting released increasing the rate of global warming," says Campas.

Before you toss out that take-out container, consider saving them instead. More than 10 million tons of plastic containers end up in landfills, while a little less than 2 million are actually recycled. Only certain kinds of plastic containers can be reused for storage, so just check the number under the container.

Want to get ahead of the curve? Katz suggests bringing your own containers from home to carry home leftovers. There are some great options from Rubbermaid and OXO online.

When you purchase items like nuts, coffee beans, pastas, and rice in large quantities, you cut out the need for packaging with the help of handy, thin-stitched produce bags and leak-proof jars. If you can, Katz says it's better to shop where there's "access to bulk or zero-waste refill stations.

Campas admits that she and her family are big rice-eaters, so buying in bulk is both eco-friendly and saves her some money. "Over the course of a year, we eliminate as many as 25 bags on this one product alone by taking our reusable bags and buying from bulk bins," she says.

There are several ways to save water by going easy on the tap when showering or washing the dishes, but have you ever thought about reusing naturally clean H20? "Find ways to improve the efficiency of your home," Katz says. "Recycle the run-off water from your air conditioner into a rain barrel." If the weather forecast tends to be more on the wet side, think about collecting that rainwater and use it to water plants or washing dishes. Just be sure your water system is tested often to protect you from viruses and contaminants.

You know the drill: You go shopping for one thing and leave with a bunch of items you never even needed. For all you who shop at Target, you know what I'm talking about. Every purchase we make comes with some kind of packaging, so whether we're shopping online or shopping in a store, think to yourself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, Campas says skip it.

"Walking past impulse items and other gadgets in stores without buying something was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning," she says. "Once I stopped purchasing things I didn't need, I found that my money went further, my house was less cluttered and my carbon footprint was reduced drastically."

If you are planning to shop, skip the mall and choose an independent thrift or second-hand store. They have everything you could ever want from vintage jewelry, to fashionable clothing, to interesting household items. Chances are, they'll be in near-perfect condition and won't need any new resources to make or package.

New York, California, Oregon, Delaware, and Vermont are a few places that have already enacted state-wide plastic bag bans. Whether you have the option of paper or plastic, experts say using reusable shopping bags is the easiest change you can make. Because plastic bags can't be recycled in your curbside bin, it's important to find ways to cut these materials out, to prevent littering and reduce the amount of waste in landfills. Check out one of our favorites here!

Before putting that cute top in your cart, be sure to look closely at the materials it's made of. If you have the option, choose clothing made with plant-based fibers, like cotton, coconut, and bamboo, says Campas. The unfortunate part is while you may find some effective finds at cheaper stores, chances are they aren't made sustainably. "A lot of materials used in fast fashion are synthetic which are non-biodegradable and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as they sit in landfill for years upon years," she says.

On the other hand, there are companies like Allbirds, Swaggr, Patagonia, and more that repurpose recyclable materials (plastic, polyester, and nylon) into clothing. "There is little reason to purchase something made from virgin polyester when recycled options are available," Katz says. "Focusing on clothing that is made from recycled sources is definitely an important factor and something that should be top of mind when choosing clothing."

Swapping in energy-efficient LED lightbulbs is an easy way to both save money and help the planet. Durable LEDs are made with high-quality materials, so they last longer and use about 75% less energy. "You will create less of a footprint if you purchase a high-quality item that will last 10 years versus something that will have to be thrown away after a few [uses]," says Katz. We're guessing that electricity bill is going to look at lot better after this purchase!

Plant-based cleaners are more sustainable than traditional products and claim to be free of harmful ingredients, like ammonia and phosphates. There are also several brands on the market that also have zero-waste refillable solutions&mdashall you'll have to do is bring your own glass container and eliminate plastic soap dispensers altogether.

Another option? Make a cleaner with ingredients you already have at home! "Making your own cleaning solution is easier than you think," Kauffman says. "Not only is it safer for you and your family, but also our beloved planet earth&mdashboth in the chemicals you are not washing down the drain, and in the reduction of packaging waste." She suggests using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a few drops of essential oils for a nice smelling eco-friendly option.

Using cold water to wash your clothes has a ton of benefits. Not only will the cooler temperature prevent shrinking and color bleeding, but it'll also save you about $40 per year and use way less energy. When you choose to wash laundry with hot water, the EPA says washing machines take up about 90% of energy just for the heating process.

After you're done washing your clothes in cold water, don't bother with the drying machine! Let your clothes naturally dry outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack, like this foldable one. By refraining from using your drying machine, you're preventing the use of over 2,000 pounds of your household's carbon footprint per year.

When it comes to food, the fresher the better. When you eat what's in season, you're basically eating in a farm-to-table lifestyle by enjoying foods that were just harvested by local farmers. This way, you get very tasty produce and there is little to no transportation involved. "This is a fun and easy way to reduce the environmental impact of the food you buy and expands your skills as a cook," Kauffman says.

You can also support restaurants in your area that get their supply from local farmers, ensuring that you're getting the best tasting food and supporting your community.

Not sure what's in season? This link will help you, because strawberries aren't local all year.

The average person uses about 70 gallons of water in just one day. By turning off the water while you lather up and shaving off a few minutes of your shower time, you'll be conserving H20. Use a shower playlist or time yourself, but studies show that if you get out two minutes earlier, you'll save about 10 gallons of water! You could also try a Navy shower, which consists of turning on the water for 30 seconds so your body is wet before turning it off to soap up. Once you're done, you only get 1 minute to wash off, and you're done!


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