30 Minimal Lifestyle Changes That Will Genuinely Help Our Environment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s hard to not notice the recent push from environmentalists and scientists about making a change to help our environment. Climate change and global warming are at an all-time high, our animals are struggling, the ecosystem is falling apart, and our world’s natural beauty is dwindling away and with it, the homes of many species.

In an effort to do my part in saving the world, I’ve implemented these tiny changes to my daily routine. And when I say they are tiny, I mean they are as minimal as possible so they aren’t a hard transition to make for beginners!

  1. Use reusable cups, mugs, and tumblers at coffee shops that reduce waste.
  2. Pick up dog poop. It can spread pathogens into streams when it rains and can damage water.
  3. Replace plastic straws with metal, glass or paper straws. Bring them with you to restaurants.
  4. Use reusable shopping bags when shopping.
  5. Use biodegradable dog bags and dispose of them in the garbage can or green bin (if your area allows them).
  6. Use cold water for laundry.Iit makes a huge difference for water consumption and helps your hot water bill.
  7. Buy local produce. That helps cut down pollution greatly by transporting goods and supports your local community.
  8. Avoid rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
  9. Replace lighters with matches. 1.5 billion lighters end up in landfills annually.
  10. Use reusable take out containers or bring your own when you go to restaurants – many are non-recyclable!
  11. Use metal razors for shaving instead of the plastic ones. They last longer, help you save money, and benefit the environment.
  12. Buy Q-Tips with paper sticks instead of plastic.
  13. Stay away from microwavable popcorn bags! They are lined with harmful chemicals that are hazardous to the environment. Pop it the old fashioned way with kernels and an air popper or on a pot on the stove.
  14. Create your own compost bin/participate in your communities (if available) by throwing out food scrapings and yard waste to reduce greenhouse gases and landfills.
  15. Hang your laundry on a clothesline whenever you can. Additionally, it helps iron your clothes naturally.
  16. Do not flush your cat feces unless you have an indoor cat that has tested negative for toxoplasmosis. Otherwise, their poop can damage marine life.
  17. Use cast iron pots and pans! They are chemical free and can last for generations at a time!
  18. Borrow books/textbooks from the library, or get them online instead of purchasing them and never using them or throwing them out.
  19. Use coconut oil for everything such as moisturizing, removing makeup, shaving, and cooking. It’s an all natural, multipurpose product.
  20. Clean your clothes dryer’s lint filter before every use to reduce drying time to conserve energy.
  21. Buy rechargeable batteries and learn where to donate old/used ones that can be reused by engineers.
  22. If you have old clothes, donate them to a shelter or center, cut them to use as cleaning cloths, or stuff them into pet beds to add extra cushioning.
  23. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  24. Plant pollinator-friendly plants to attract bees, butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds that will help pollinate our planet and help grow food.
  25. Donate leftover paint to local community projects,elementary schools, or daycares. Paint is extremely toxic to our environment.
  26. Water your plants early in the morning or late at night to prevent evaporation.
  27. Use biodegradable baby wipes and cut them in half when you don’t need it to clean a lot.
  28. Adopt pets. Don’t shop since adoption reduces the need to breed and frees space in shelters.
  29. Choose pet food with different types of protein. Beef pet food harms the environment in a number of ways!
  30. Use energy efficient light bulbs. They’re super easy to find and are actually brighter than the average bulb.

We are not experiencing climate change. We are experiencing a climate crisis. Unless we make changes soon, we will cause irreversible damage and we will suffer the consequences. Do yourself and the planet a favor and start implementing some of these tips into your daily routine. You’ll be surprised by how easy these lifestyle changes are.

Photo by Boxed Water Is Better on Unsplash

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