6 Ways to Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
When you decide to be more eco-friendly it can be a little overwhelming or at least it was for me! Ditching your plastic water bottles and straws to researching all of the ingredients in the products you are using, it is a drastic change for many of us.
One thing I have learned over the past few weeks is that it can be a slow process and that is okay. For us, we made the changes that made the biggest impact for us and also that were pretty easy changes.
Today I want to share with you a few of the simple ways that we have chosen to implement to be more eco-friendly in our home and in our lifestyle.
1. Power Your Home with Renewable Energy through Greener State
Greener State is a program through Alabama Power that helps you go green the easy and affordable way. It offers Alabama Power customers the ability to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to cover their electric usage with renewable energy. When you buy RECs, you are certifying that your home’s electricity is coming from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy. Each REC represents 1000 kWh of renewable energy that can be applied to your home’s usage.
With RECs, you are not only powering your home with green energy, but you are also supporting further renewable energy generation and development of renewable energy projects in the future.
Greener State offers 3 easy plans to choose from – Leaf, Tree and Forest. Choose your plan based on how much electricity you want to cover. For example, the Forest plan covers the average home’s usage for a year with local Alabama-based solar RECs. I personally am using the leaf plan which is only $5. This investment is one I am extremely proud of because I know this small amount is making a difference in our environment.
To sign up or learn more about this program, visit https://greenerstate.com.
2. Switch over to eco-friendly home products.
We personally have switched over to Dropps, which is plant-based cleaning solutions that is sent in recyclable and compostable cardboard packaging to eliminate single use plastic.
We started using the wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. It was definitely an adjustment for us, but it was well worth it and now I love that I never have to run to the store to grab more dryer sheets. My favorite part is that I can add in whatever essential oils I am feeling that day and they always come out of the dryer smelling heavenly!
We have also switched over some of our cleaning products to more eco-friendly products. A few brands we are loving are Method, Mrs. Meyers, Dr. Bronner, and Seventh Generation. These brands have made the switch so easy for us, because they have wonderful scents and also no chemicals. They also always exceed my expectations in getting the job done which is hard to do honestly. I think my expectations are
3. Use reusable water bottles.
Cutting out my use of plastic water bottles might have been the hardest of this lifestyle change because grabbing a water bottle on the go was a pretty regular thing for me. When I first made this switch I feel like I drank a lot less water so I got this water bottle to really help me track my intake and now I drink more water than ever before. I ended up buying two or three different ones so I could avoid cleaning the water bottle daily because we all know that’s an excuse not to use it.
4. Take your own reusable bags to the stores.
I personally do not like the thin plastic grocery bags that you get at stores besides for the fact that they double as poop diaper bags. They always rip so easily and are honestly just a pain to carry. Not to mention, they are not good for the environment.
So the best solution to all of this is just to bring your own bags, right? You can bring your own reusable grocery bags to the grocery store, or really anywhere. Not only will it save some plastic, but it will also be much easier to carry and will not rip. I love these bags and they come in a 10 pack which allows me to split them up into two cars so we know we always have them with us.
5. Invest in a personal coffee cup.
Did you know you can bring in your own cup to Starbucks and have them fill it instead of using their paper/plastic cup? They even give you 10 cents off for it, which is basically a reward for being resourceful. Sounds like a win win to me! If you’re like me and can’t get enough of their delicious drinks, this change is perfect for you. Starbucks sells their own , but anything similar works! If you are bringing your coffee from home, this is one of my favorite on the go mugs.
6. Ditch the plastic straws.
Plastic straws are so bad for our environment because they harm marine wild life and ecosystems, they expose us to unhealthy chemicals, and are very wasteful. I have switched over to these stainless steel straws and love them so far! I of course have those moments when I am on the go and do not have a straw that I use a regular straw, but I am overall trying to be more conscious of eliminating my use of plastic straws.
I hope these 6 simple ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle gave you somewhere to begin this journey as you transition. I will be sharing more ways to live more eco-friendly as we continue to make changes in the upcoming months. If you have any simple ways you have transitioned, I would love to hear them in the comments below!
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My name is Rachel Bomar and I am a Motherhood + lifestyle blogger living in Birmingham, AL. You can learn more about me on my about page.
“Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
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