Do you work at an office that provides coffee, tea or water? Or, do you travel for your work and often stop for drinks? Bring a mug! It’s such an easy eco-tip that I almost feel embarrassed to post about it. I personally go through about 4 mugs of water and 1 or 2 cups of tea a day while sitting at my desk. That would be at least 2 disposables every day of both plastic and styrofoam. Yikes! It’s so easy to just throw my tea mug in my lunch bag and use my personal mug all day. Besides, isn’t your favorite mug WAY more exciting to look at than that red plastic cup or the small white styrofoam cup? And for those of you who travel, almost every coffee/tee shop out there will gladly fill your travel mug for you; some even offer discounts! So… drink up and go green!
Composting your food waste is a very easy way to save the earth as there are many benefits. Plus, it is so inexpensive and easy that there really isn’t a reason not to compost!
- Less waste is sent to landfill, therefore less fossil fuels are burnt up sending our waste to landfill.
- Although compost is not very expensive to buy, you can use your composted soil on your own garden. Home-made compost benefits virtually all garden plants as it acts as a natural fertilizer.
- Some people even sell their excess compost, so a simple way to earn a few extra pennies (gardening groups are good for buying it).
I know we all think about what we can do to lessen our eco-footprint, but not all of us act on our thoughts. So, I’ve been scouring easy breezy eco-tips that most anyone can do. To start this Monday tradition off: Simplify your life.
Ok, that’s probably seeming like a big order for most people especially here in the busy States where we pack as much into our lives as we possibly can, but there are a few simplifying tips that are really quite attainable.
- Only keep items that you use or enjoy frequently. Donate the rest. Borrow something if you’re only going to use it once or twice. Having extra ‘stuff’ in your life creates a cycle of purchasing more to have more. By making the effort to reduce the amount of stuff in your life, you will naturally purchase less in the future; thus creating and contrubuting less waste.
- If you must purchase, be conscious about it. Buy your books from a used book store that will also buy them back from you. Get that food processor from a yard sale. Buy the apron that you only use for about every other meal you cook from someone who recycled fabrics to make it, like me! 🙂
That should do it for simplifying. It really is beneficial on so many levels! Give it a try, you’ll feel relieved!