We all want to protect the environment, but sometimes "going green" can be a little overwhelming. With so much to do, can one household really impact the environment? The truth is: absolutely! Here are some simple sustainable living tips to kickstart your eco-friendly routine today because even the smallest acts add up for the greater good.
Paper towels, that is. If every US household used just one less roll of paper towels per year, we'd conserve roughly 544,000 trees. Opt for washable microfiber towels for a scratch- and streak-free clean. Bamboo towels are another great swap for paper towels. They're just as absorbent and can be washed and reused up to 100 times.
Buying pre-owned goods cuts down on the carbon cost of manufacturing. Local thrift stores and online consignment websites like Ebay and Poshmark are a great shopping resource for clothing, furniture, books, cookware and more. You can score some major discounts, too!
Purchasing pantry staples like rice and salt in bulk is both cost-effective and good for the environment because it reduces wasteful packaging. Primo 5-gallon water bottles are another clever way to reduce waste, since each bottle can be recycled, sanitized and reused up to 50 times. Every time you exchange or refill your empty bottle, you’re doing something good for your family and for the planet!
Bring Your Own Cup
Many major coffee shops are happy to skip the plastic to-go cup and pour your drink into your own reusable cup instead. Starbucks, for example, even offers a 10 cent discount for customers with reusable cups! This sustainable switch is a super easy way to make your morning coffee run a whole lot greener.
Load up on Veggies
Meat production is responsible for significant air pollution and ozone depletion. If Americans ate just 25% less meat, occasionally trading things like steak and burgers for plant proteins, we’d save approximately 82 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That's a great reason to squeeze more vegetables into your diet, and with a wealth of delicious plant-based recipes at your fingertips, the adjustment has never been easier to make.
Even the most simple changes can make a huge impact for the environment. In fact, it's often those everyday adjustments that are the easiest to stick with. We’ll continue to help you on your sustainability journey by providing clean, great-tasting bulk water to keep you and your family hydrated.