Free Eco-Friendly Things You Can Do
You don’t have to be rolling in the dough to make a difference for the environment. There are a ton of things you can do every day for our earth to reduce waste and conserve energy that are completely free.
Eco-Friendly Things at Home
Store food properly
By simply storing your food properly you will reduce food waste, preventing the emission of methane gas from food in the landfill and also drive to the supermarket less!
Inevitably, there will be some food waste, start composting if you can. This could be as simple as making a composting pile in your yard, to dropping off at a local community garden or even adding to your yard waste bin (if available in your area).
Use real plates and flatware
It’s a simple change to make for your daily use, even for larger gatherings!
Wash your clothes in cold water
It works just as well as warm or hot in most cases and saves a ton of energy.
This one is a bit tricky as all counties seem to have their own rules. Check out your county’s website or call the number on your bill for information on what can be recycled in your area. You can also check recyclebycity.com.
Turn lights off
Ever since I can remember this one has been drilled into my head, it’s super easy. When you leave a room, just turn the light off.
Don’t leave the water running
Here’s another oldie but goodie, it applies to anytime you’re using the faucets, while brushing your teeth, lathering your face – every little bit adds up!
Opt for paperless billing
Pretty much all bills allow sign up for paperless billing, which will email your bill instead of mailing. Reducing the consumption of paper every month!
Eco-Friendly Things Out & About
The less you drive, the less carbon is emitted into the air, less gas is consumed, you get the idea.
Opt to ride your bike or walk
Not only are you saving energy, you’re getting exercise too!
This gets even more cars off the road, multiplying “Drive less” above by 2 or 3, depending on how many people you carpool with!
Combine your trips
Instead of going to the grocery store one day, the pharmacy another and the hardware store on yet another day, group them all into one trip!
Say no to freebies
When you really think about it, those promo items rarely get used. They’ll just sit in your house at the back of a drawer or cabinet for who knows how long! Of course, take them if you’ll actually use them!
When eating out, this is a simple request as you order your drink. A simple “no straw please” is all it takes. I try to look around before asking to see if other glasses have straws. If you really like using straws, save them and reuse!
Save unused paper napkins
There always seems to be paper napkins left over when you eat out at restaurants, don’t throw them away, take those babies home or keep them in your car to use. Free mess cleanup!
Request ceramic cups at coffee shops
Most coffee shops these days assume you want a to go cup, if you’re going to stay to enjoy you cup of joe, request “for here” when you’re ordering! If you are taking it to go, simply go topless or save the plastic top and reuse it!
Opt for plastic-free produce
Simply place produce in your shopping cart, you’re going to wash and possibly cook them anyway. Unless you’re getting green beans, of course!