Tips to Start Becoming More Sustainable
I want to preface this post by saying that, every effort to be more sustainable is amazing, whether you refuse a plastic straw one day, or you always bring a reusable coffee cup, utensils, to-go box, etc.
Here are some tips on how to start being more sustainable in everyday life:
Always try to carry around…
A reusable water bottle
A reusable straw: I always keep a small pencil case in my purse that carries a straw, straw cleaner, and reusable utensils.
Utensils: I bring metal utensils from home in my bag to avoid using plastic utensils. Bamboo utensil sets are super trendy at the moment, but I recommend using metal utensils since you already have those in your kitchen. *However, bamboo utensils are great for traveling, because you can’t bring metal utensils on flights.
A cloth napkin: Use as a food napkin or tissue
Reusable tote bag: You can find tote bags anywhere. I personally love Baggus because they come in fun prints and fold up really small, so I can fit them in any purse. It’s great to have an extra bag if I spontaneously buy something during my day.
Be conscious of product packaging at stores
Try to buy products in glass so that you can recycle the empty bottle when finished. Some packaging is even made from recycled materials or is compostable
Try and avoid plastic packaging
Find a place to refill your soaps in bulk to eliminate throwing away packaging
If you feel shoppy:
Try and minimize fast fashion shopping.
Research brands to learn about their sustainability values and if those values align with you
Maybe try and challenge yourself to a ‘no buy month.’ For example, go a month without buying new clothes.
Start with what you have
Before buying sustainable alternatives to what your already have, fully use up what you have.
For example, use the Tupperware sitting in your cabinet and clean out the jam jar to reuse. Or try and use up your makeup before switching to natural non-toxic makeup.
If you don’t feel like using up what you have, consider donating the items
See what items you could live without
I have tried to minimize my makeup and skincare routines to less products. That way, I buy less and do not produce as much trash.
Let me know any of your tips below in the comments!