Everybody wants to be more eco-friendly, but if you’ve spent your life being frivolous with recycling, food, and everything else you’ve ever used, it can be a challenge to get into the habit of really taking care of the planet.
While you might know what you shouldn’t do, it can be more of a struggle to understand what you should do, at least entirely, so here is a useful little guide to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home.
1. Hand Wash or Appliance?
No one really likes doing the dishes, do they? But it is a necessary evil. However, the way you wash the dishes could be part of the problem. If you hand wash your dirty plates, bowls, pots, and pans, you’re likely wasting more water than you expect.
To overcome this, seeking a new dishwasher installation could prove more energy-efficient and sustainable. Just like you wouldn’t wash your clothes by hand, you should think of the same for washing the dishes.
However, this doesn’t work when you’ve only one or two dirty dishes. There’s no point putting a load in the dishwasher if you could easily clean these dirty dishes by hand. Be smart about how and why you use your appliances.
2. Return to Old Clothes.
Luckily, fashion is cyclical. And this means that you can bring out old threads and still manage to fit in with the current trends. People get into a habit of throwing out or forgetting about clothes they no longer wear, but this is a waste. So consider ways to renew, reuse, and repurpose them.
Old dresses or jackets can become something new if you’ve got an eye of stitching and sewing. You can cut old jeans into shorts for a fresh summer look, and if you’ve got old skirts or blouses that have seen better days, why not transform them into headbands?
If you can’t find a way to repurpose them, and they’re in decent condition, then there’s always the option to donate them to local thrift stores that will be happy to take them.
3. Ditch the Meat (Once a Week).
Cutting down on meat consumption is something people act is impossible. How could they go a day without their juicy steak? Greasy fried chicken? Or their finely seasoned pork chops.
Too much meat is not just bad for the planet, but it can also impact your health if you ignore moderation. You don’t need to give up meat altogether, but ditching it in favor of a plant-based alternative once a week (like Meat-Free Mondays, for example), can help push towards positive impacts for both your health and the planet.
It might take a while for you to develop eco-friendly habits, and you might not be able to make massive changes all at once, and that’s okay. With every little step in the right direction, you’ll be doing your part towards helping the planet and living a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.