10 Simple Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Mother Earth is on our minds this week as Earth Day quickly approaches! We’ve been brainstorming eco-friendly ways to celebrate. Get inspired to honor the earth, go outside, and explore nature with these sustainable tips and tricks.

1. Always bring a reusable bag

Photo by Adeniz Villar

Next time you head to the store or farmers market, don’t forget to bring your own bag! Our advice is to keep a few at home by the door for an easy reminder as well as keep a few in the front seat of your car for unplanned trips. 

2. Walk or ride a bike

Photo by Adeniz Villar

We’d prefer a walk or bike ride over sitting in traffic any day. Next time you’re heading out, ask yourself if you’re driving out of necessity or habit. By taking a walk or bike ride, you help to reduce pollution and do your part to fight climate change. Also, it is a great way to get exercise, fresh air, and hopefully some sunshine!

3. Carpool

If your destination is a little too far to walk, try carpooling! This option also helps reduce air pollution and provides extra time to catch up with friends or get to know a new friend or co-worker.

4. Invest in a reusable water bottle

This year, we are trying to be plastic-free. One of the best ways to do this is investing in a reusable water bottle or thermos. There are so many cute styles available, so you can find the perfect one for your personality! 

5. Cook at home

Cooking at home is not only better for your health, but it is also better for the environment. By limiting how often you order takeout, you can also help cut down on waste — such as plastic bags, which are usually not easily recyclable, and unnecessary plastic utensils, napkins, etc. For recipe inspo, check out our blog and cookbooks.

6. Get thrifty

Fashion is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries. Inevitably, what’s old will come back again as a hot trend (we’re looking to you, high-waisted denim). Next time, you’re seeking outfit inspo, check out your local vintage or thrift store to discover some hidden gems that are not only stylish, but also good for the environment.

7. Shop locally

We always try to support our local farmers by shopping at the farmers market. The produce is not only fresher, but it also helps cut down on gas emissions by limiting transportation. Don’t forget your market basket!

8. Buy non-toxic

It can be overwhelming to read the ingredients of household product and see how many chemicals they are filled with. Although they may be effective at disinfecting, the toxic chemicals that are left behind often end up polluting the environment and take a long time to break down. We are excited to see more eco-friendly alternatives becoming widely available — such as products from the Honest Company that are both effective, safe, and eco-friendly.

9. Try a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle

Going vegan or vegetarian does not have to be as daunting as you may think. Start with making small changes, such as meatless Mondays, and adjusting based on how you feel. Avoiding meat is one of the easiest ways to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Even by skipping meat just once a week, you can make a big environmental impact because raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water.

10. Support companies that prioritize sustainability

Did you know that by buying fair trade you are not only improving the lives of the people who labored to make it, but also cultivating  environmental stewardship? We are proud to feature products that promote sustainability such as hand-woven baskets made from locally grown grasses, glassware made from recycled materials, and bags repurposed from huipil fabrics.

What other swaps have you made to be more eco-friendly?

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