STARTER GUIDE TO ECO FRIENDLY LIVING: PART ONE
Updated: Feb 22
What a time to be alive, right? With our local grocery stores overwhelmingly packed out with patrons in latex gloves and blue-colored face masks, living in a time when we are ordered to stay home to try and execute a major shift in the Covid-19 pandemic. While all this is happening, making those necessary trips to gather your essentials needs can make you a little paranoid.
Lately, I've only been tuning into the news when a change is coming and If you have been paying attention, the reduction of car fuel exhaustion has improved the air quality in a lot of major cities and a good amount of wild life has taken over the abandoned parking lots. It's a process called reducing your carbon footprint, in which you minimize the use of products and services you use. For example, the way you travel, energy usage at home, and even the type of diet you consume.
With all of this, I think this is the best time to start exploring the ECO-FRIENDLY world because we are seeing firsthand how doing things for ourselves can really make a difference.
It’s all about making an effort, big or small, and finding what fits and is built for your lifestyle. If you’re single, living alone, or if you're married working two jobs with a child, any effort is still a step forward for you, your family, and the planet.
Switching out disposable for reusable is the main idea in this transition. Products and Services you purchase will come with a few extra dollar signs, but I think of it as a one-time payment for something I will use and have for months/years.
I’ve made a list of things you can purchase to get started on your journey of clean living.
1. Containers & Jars
Places like IKEA, Target, and West Elm are great places to find containers to store your dry goods, leftovers, lonely nuts, and bolts, and even makeup accessories. A great tip is to use any finished pasta jars or candles.
I know many states have banned the use of plastic straws in many establishments and in place of that have been distributing paper straws. As I think it's a great temporary solution, another thing you can purchase is your own portable straw set. Metal, Glass, Silicone, and even Bamboo, whatever tickles your fancy.