100 Ways to Live a More Eco-Friendly Life

Whether it’s the toothbrush that we brush our teeth with, or the grocery store that we buy our food from, each of these choices has an impact on our own lives, and the environment that we live in. By making changes to the things we do everyday and making earth-friendly choices, we can honor ourselves, and our home, R Planet.

 

  1. Refuse the things you don't need.
  2. Reduce your need for things.
  3. Reuse what you already have. 
  4. Repair things that are broken.
  5. Rethink the way you do things. 
  6. R Planet. Take care of and consider R Planet in all that you do. 
  7. Swap a plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo toothbrushes can be composted and last just as long as a conventional plastic toothbrush. 
  8. Turn off the faucet when it’s not needed. While showering, brushing your teeth, shaving, washing dishes, etc, make sure to only leave the water running when you need to. 
  9. Bring your own bag. Bring a bag for groceries, shopping, or any outing you might need it for. 
  10. Buy more fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables can be bought without the plastic packaging and it is often a healthier choice. 
  11. Eat more vegan meals. The meat and dairy industry is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions, resource depletion, habitat destruction, pollution, etc. Vegan meals are often cheaper, healthier, and ethical choices. 
  12. Use bar soap. Avoid plastic bottles and use all natural bar soaps for your hair, hands, body, and face. 
  13. Use natural lighting in your house during the day. Keep the lights off while the sun beams inside to reduce electricity use.
  14. Consider houseplants to clean the air in your home. House plants not only make a room look better, but also improve the air quality by absorbing toxins and carbon dioxide. 
  15. Use a reusable water bottle. Avoid buying beverages in plastic bottles and bring your own bottle or drinking vessel when you need to. 
  16. Use hand towels or cloth napkins instead of paper towels. Save money, water, and resources by using reusable materials to clean or wipe. 
  17. Wash full loads of laundry. This can save water and energy from being wasted. 
  18. Learn about your county’s recycling. In Hawaii, only cardboard boxes and glass can be recycled in our blue bin. Throwing things that are not recyclable contaminates the recycling process and creates more waste. 
  19. Reuse what you can before throwing it away. Use tofu containers as storage, glass bottles as vases, get creative and use what you have!
  20. When working at home on your laptop, unplug it from the wall. Let it run on battery to conserve energy use. Set your computer monitor to power off or sleep rather than go to  a screensaver. (Phantom energy)
  21. Compost food scraps. Send your food scraps to replenish soil instead of emit methane in a landfill.
  22. Make your own veggie broth. Use vegetable scraps to make your own veggie broth and store it in your own container. Collect scraps in a container and store in your freezer, when you have enough, combine with water and boil until it becomes broth!
  23. Consider buying items secondhand. Buy from thrift stores, garage sales, craigslist, or even trade with friends. This reduces the demand for new products to be made.
  24. Donate things you no longer need. Instead of throwing things away, donate them so someone else can make use of it!
  25. Borrow items you will only need once or twice. Books, baking supplies, tools, etc can be borrowed from others so you don’t have to buy them brand new.
  26. When traveling, reuse small containers for travel size. Instead of buying new travel size products, use what you have at home and store it in a container you already have. 
  27. Make use of newspapers when you’re done reading them. Use them as wrapping paper, pee pads, packing paper, scratch paper, etc. 
  28. Cook meals at home. Avoid the packaging from food and cook meals at home instead. 
  29. Bring jars to a bulk store. Fill up on bulk foods, goods, and other products at your local bulk store using your own containers. 
  30. Support local. Buy food from local restaurants, farmers, manufacturers to reduce the amount of products needed to be imported. 
  31. Turn the lights off when not in use. Before leaving the house, make sure all the lights are off to reduce electricity use. 
  32. Use Reusable food wraps instead of plastic or aluminum foil. Reusable wraps are more natural and even help to preserve the life of your food. 
  33. Print double sided if possible. Save a piece of paper by using both sides and printing double sided. 
  34. Carpool with friends or neighbors. Fill up the car and save on gas, and emissions from transportation. 
  35. Plan a natural burial. Opt for a compostable casket or casket-free burial.
  36. Buy or pick fresh flowers without packaging. Give flowers in a vase or tied together with a hemp cord. 
  37. Use public transportation if possible. Ride the bus, train, rail, subway or other form of public transportation instead of driving your own vehicle. 
  38. Walk or bike more. Not only will this give you exercise as well, but it is also a way to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from transportation. 
  39. Buy produce from farmers markets. You can support local farmers directly and don’t have to worry about the plastic sticker on your produce. 
  40. Make your own cleaners. Conventional cleaners are filled with all kinds of toxic chemicals. Our favorite all purpose cleaner recipe is equal parts of water and vinegar and you can even add essential oils for a natural scent. 
  41. Use cold water. Hot water requires a significant amount of energy. Use cold water for showers, dishes, laundry, etc. 
  42. Try out a meal plan. Consider cooking in larger quantities to prevent having to use kitchen appliances every night. This can also help you to avoid food waste. 
  43. Keep produce fresh. Most vegetables can be submerged in water, or wrapped in damp cloths to stay fresh. 
  44. Repair things when they break. Instead of throwing things away and buying a new one, try repairing it, check the company website, look for directions, or even google search for help. 
  45. Wash your car on the grass with natural cleaners. Don’t let the water go to waste! 
  46. Unplug appliances. Plugged in appliances waste a lot of unnecessary electricity. Unplug your phone chargers, TV cords, washing/ drying machine, fans, etc when not in use. 
  47. Start a garden. Grow your own veggies instead of having to buy them. Easy to grow produce includes green onions, basil, lettuce, tomatoes. 
  48. Avoid buying things in plastic. Choose products with none or minimal packaging. 
  49. Wear clothes with natural fibers. Synthetic fibers can leech onto your skin and emit toxic chemicals, and often wash out into the ocean when being washed. Hemp, cotton, bamboo are great options. 
  50. Make your own products. Find DIY’s for products that normally come in plastic or contain chemicals and try to make them yourself.
  51. Use Reusable Dryer Balls instead of dryer sheets. Dryer balls are more natural and are meant to be reused hundreds of times. 
  52. Hang your laundry. Make use of the wind and sunshine and hang your laundry on a line, a rack, or even use chairs. 
  53. Replace bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. These reduce energy use and last significantly longer. 
  54. Use rechargeable batteries. Instead of throwing batteries away and buying new ones, choose batteries that can be recharged. 
  55. Use a pressure cooker. Conventional ovens require much more energy than pressure cookers. 
  56. Buy products in glass or cardboard. Glass containers can often be reused or recycled and cardboard can also be recycled. 
  57. Create a routine for yourself. This makes it easier to remember things such as bringing your reusables, meal prep and can save you time and money. 
  58. Go outdoors. Keep yourself busy with outdoor activities that keep you off electronics and devices. 
  59. Plan your day. This can help you to save time, money, energy, and make sure you only do things you planned to. For example, plan all of your errands during a certain time so you don’t have to drive around as much on other days. 
  60. Write a grocery list. Stick to the list to avoid buying things you don’t need or weren’t planning to. 
  61. Carry around a utensil kit. This is one of the easiest ways to avoid plastic utensils when you’re eating out! 
  62. Make your own nut milk. Store bought nut milks come in packaging that cannot be recycled, but luckily, it’s easy to make your own! Buy some oats, almonds, soy beans, hemp seeds, etc. in bulk and soak it overnight. Then blend it with a 1:3 ratio of nut: water. Strain using a nut milk bag or thin cloth and boom, you’ve got nut milk! 
  63. Use shower water for plants. While you’re waiting for your shower to warm up, collect the water in a bucket to be used for watering plants, washing dishes, or laundry. 
  64. Learn something new. It’s easier to make earth-friendly swaps when you understand why you’re making them. Watch a documentary, read a book, talk to a friend so that you can be more aware of why you are making changes. 
  65. Use a tree-free toilet paper. Bidet attachments or bamboo toilet paper are a great alternative. 
  66. Clear out your e-storage. Prevent waste electric use and storage by deleting old emails, duplicate photos/ videos, apps you no longer use or need, etc.
  67. Rethink gifts. Give practical and earth-friendly gifts that will
  68. Ignore the dates on food. Best-by, sell-by, and use-by are not expiration dates. Instead use your best judgment with smell and taste.
  69. Eat ends and stems. Tops of carrots and beets, stalks of brocolli, and even the skin of calamansi are all edible and even delicious! 
  70. Freeze foods you may not eat in time. If you know your fruits or veggies are about to go bad, freeze them and eat them when you have the time. 
  71. Travel lightly. Try to pack all you need in a carry on, and hopefully by some time everyone will be doing this and we won’t need seperate planes for luggage! 
  72. Invest in an electric vehicle. But remember, your EV is only as good as the energy it sources from. Charge it up with solar power if possible.
  73. Install low-flow showerheads. This can save a tremendous amount of water and energy. 
  74. Refuse freebies. Just because it’s free, doesn’t mean you need it. 
  75. Bring your own cup to cafes. Ask the baristas or workers to put your drink into your own cup. 
  76. Switch to a reusable makeup remover pad. Cut up old shirts or cloths to wipe your face down at the end of the day. 
  77. Switch to Reusable menstrual products. Try menstrual pads or a menstrual cup.
  78. Store leftovers in glass containers. Use old pasta sauce jars, pickle jars, or other glass to store or share leftovers.
  79. Get involved in your community. Join a beach cleanup, host a talk, engage your community in living a more earth-friendly life. 
  80. Make sure you eat your leftovers. Set a section for food to ‘eat first’ to prevent food from being wasted. 
  81. Opt for loose leaf tea. Tea bags are made from plastic and leech into your drink. Use a tea strainer and buy leaves in a reusable container. 
  82. Buy produce that is in-season. Produce that is not in-season often require chemicals or GMOs to grow. 
  83. Support companies that have ethical practices. Do research about the companies you are buying from to learn about their commitment to the environment. 
  84. Look for products that can be reused infinitely or recycled. Choose products that can be responsibly disposed of or passed on rather than thrown away. 
  85. Eat smaller portions. Don’t worry, you can always go back for seconds if you’re still hungry! 
  86. Find local repair shops. Find out if there’s a local tailor, woodworker, cobblers, or even tinkerers that can help you when things break. 
  87. Join a CSA (community supported agriculture). Receive local, farm-fresh goodies straight to your doorstep. 
  88. Regrow food scraps. Use the roots of your green onion or celery to start a small garden!
  89. Make your own coffee with fresh coffee beans. Use a french press or pour-over instead of disposable coffee pods. 
  90. Use your home plates and utensils when eating at home. Dedicate a little extra time to wash all of the dishes instead of using disposable products. 
  91. Use what you already have. Once you run out of a product, replace it with something more earth-friendly, but make sure to use it up first.
  92. Use the correct amount of product. We often use way more than we need, try using less shampoo, conditioner, or soap, etc and if you need more, you can always add later! 
  93. Opt for LED light bulbs. These save energy and resources and often last much longer. 
  94. Wash full loads of dishes. Fill up the dishwasher before turning it on. 
  95. Repeat outfits. Unless your clothes have gotten really dirty or smelly, they can usually be worn more than once. 
  96. Plant bee-friendly flowers. Fuel our pollinators and start a mini garden!
  97. Make your own decorations. Holidays can be very wasteful but making your own decorations can be a fun and eco friendly activity for the family! 
  98. Switch to a stainless steel razor. These can be reused and even passed down to children and grandchildren and the razors last longer and can be recycled.
  99. Support businesses that align with your values. Find businesses that understand your needs as a conscious consumer. 
  100. Meditate. Make time for yourself to reflect and focus on what you are in control of. Radiate positive energy to be shared with those around you and even your environment. 

You may already be doing some of these, or you might have picked up a few new helpful tips. We hope that this list provides some insight into living a more earth-friendly lifestyle. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! To show our appreciation, we’ll send you a special discount code. All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite tips, or even some you are already practicing in your daily life and we’ll send you a code to use!

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