Eco-friendly living for beginners can be simple if you know where to focus your efforts right away. Resist being fooled into buying a ton of new products and wasting your time on things that are not impactful. Here are 3 tips that can serve as a guide to eco-friendly living for beginners.
You have seen the gorgeous Instagram photos of eco-friendly swaps, and you know the benefits of living a more sustainable life are massive. But how can you get started and begin making an impact right now? Because the goal of eco-friendly living is to lessen your impact on the environment in the most sustainable way for you. And to lead by example, so others follow your lead as an ambassador.
Eco-friendly living for beginners can be complicated because there are so many ways to become more sustainable.
And that fact is the blessing and curse of eco-friendly living. With so much information out there on how to live more sustainably, what does a beginner do first?
Here are 3 tips that can serve as a guide to eco-friendly living for beginners.
Adjust Your Mindset
I know mindset is a buzzword that gets overused but hear me out. When you start out trying to make your life more eco-friendly, you must question everything and troubleshoot problems you never knew you had.
Your mindset has to shift from:
these are the things I do and the things I buy.
why do I purchase these things and are there alternatives that are better for the environment?
This is most easily seen in plastic packaging. Look at all the things you buy in plastic and try to figure out ways to avoid it.
Bring your own cloth grocery bags and refuse plastic ones.
Choose products in glass containers over plastic.
Avoid individually packaged items that end up being more trash than substance.
Whenever you throw something away, try to come up with a way to avoid throwing that item away next time.
Paper towels can be replaced with cloth napkins.
Disposable menstrual products can be replaced with reusable alternatives.
Use What You Have
Using what you have can be a hard concept because we have 24/7 access to whatever materials we want. Between 2-day shipping and stocked grocery stores, we don’t have to settle for what we have because we can always have what we want. And that’s one difference with eco-friendly living. Look past what you want and think about what’s best for the environment.
Avoid food waste by using ingredients you already have instead of buying food for a single recipe.
Use supplies you already own for DIY projects instead of purchasing new materials.
Don’t run out to buy the newest or prettiest eco swap when you have plenty of bottled conditioner or disposable razors on hand.
Always use products you have first before replacing them with an eco swap. I know, I know, you’re excited to get started with eco-friendly living, but you have to practice some restraint. After all, the most eco-friendly product is the one you never bought. So use all the Costco-sized bottles of shampoo and plastic lunch bags first and then decide how to proceed in the most eco-friendly way.
Become obsessed with the disposal of items, and you will go far with this lifestyle.
Look into programs that recycle plastic bags and plastic film wrapping.
Know exactly how to recycle the packaging and containers you use regularly.
Look up how to dispose of difficult items like electronics.
Always consider upcycling or reusing what you have instead of disposing of it at all.