10 Ways to Live a Bit Greener

Living as eco-friendly as possible has become incredibly important to me these days, and I want to spread the vibe as much as I can. These are ten things I do to live a bit more green. Hopefully they'll inspire you as well!

1. Don't drink from bottles or cans. Instead, invest in a nice reusable, metal water bottle, and make use of the glasses and mugs sitting in your cabinets. That's what they're there for!

2. Don't use disposable straws. These are one of the biggest pollutants taking up space in landfills and bodies of water. They aren't biodegradable. Where do you think they're all gonna go? Instead, opt for metal straws, or simply no straw at all.  

3. Don't use plastic "sandwich" bags. I hate these bags with a passion. Just don't use them. Instead, opt for reusable bowls. Oh, you don't want to wash extra dishes? Honestly, you'll just have to get over it. Harsh, yes, but honest. Like the straws, these bags are a huge waste contributor, and they aren't biodegradable. 

4. Turn off the faucet. I'm ashamed to say that this is something I've only recently become conscious about, though I know people have been telling the world to do this for years. Be aware of the water you use while showering and doing dishes. Don't leave it running if you're not using it. Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth, etc.

5. Skip artificial light during the day. This is a favorite of mine. When the sun is out, even if it's behind clouds, skip the lights. Use windows as your light source. It's not so harsh, and you'll even save money. When you're not in windowless rooms, keep the lights off. 

6. Use fewer chemicals around the house. I'll admit that I'm a bit of a germophobe, so I don't know if I could ever cut harsh cleaners out completely. However, they aren't necessary every single day. Hot, soapy water goes a long way, and the classic baking soda and vinegar combination really does work. The chemicals are terrible for both you and the environment, and their packaging is excessive. We don't need that.

7. Opt for reusable shopping bags. So many people harp on about this, myself included, but it's shocking how many people refuse to reuse. Okay, so you may use plastic shopping bags to line small trashcans. That's a whole other topic, and it doesn't mean that you have to bring another bunch home every time you run your errands. That much plastic is completely unnecessary. Reusable bags are better for literally every reason you can think of. 

8. Plants! Plants are so important! There can never be too many plants around, of any kind. Inedible plants are nice to look at, they produce oxygen, and keep bees going, along with a long list of other uses. Growing your own produce is great for the planet, and you'll save money while knowing exactly where your food comes from. You can't lose!

9. Shop secondhand. I mean this with clothes and any other non-perishable items you may be after. Antique and thrift stores are the best. Older items were probably made with more consideration for quality in mind, and there's literally something for everyone. You can decorate your space, often for less money, and you don't have to worry about contributing to the world's waste problem in the process.

10. Opt out of fast fashion. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous note, but it's so important! I get it, fast fashion is a cheap way to look good. However, these pieces are often poorly made, and they won't last very long. Investing in more expensive, but much better quality pieces is a decision that will help both you and the environment in the long run.