My 10 Steps to Being Eco-Friendly

My 10 (Baby) Steps to Being Eco-Friendly

I’ll be honest. Environmental concerns has never really been something I put a lot of thought into. I always thought, “how am I going to make a difference?” or that being eco-conscious was too much work. Since I got pregnant, and now that my son is here, my mind set has changed. This isn’t just my world I’m living in, it’s his too. I need to help protect it as much as I can. That also comes with cleaner products, which I’ll be touching on in a different post!

I’ve learned that I don’t have to do the most, even the littlest steps help. These 10 things I do in my life are simple ways I try to reduce my waste. These steps weren’t developed overnight, and some of them actually came organically, then I realized the difference I could make and now they’re just apart if my daily life. Earth Day was last week and I’ve been planning on doing this post for a while now. It’s never too late to start making a change in your lifestyle though, so here we are.

Let’s get into it!

1. Reusable Shopping Bags ; (6 pack)-$14.99 via  Amazon   ~Not only do these reusable shopping bags have cute designs on them but, you can fold them up super tiny so they don't take up loads of space. Truthfully I do forget to bring these bags shopping with me sometimes, but I will try to be better that.

1. Reusable Shopping Bags; (6 pack)-$14.99 via Amazon

~Not only do these reusable shopping bags have cute designs on them but, you can fold them up super tiny so they don't take up loads of space. Truthfully I do forget to bring these bags shopping with me sometimes, but I will try to be better that.

4. Keeper Storage Bags  (set of 5) $16.97 via  Amazon   ~it took me forever to finally decide to buy these. Since I’ve had them, they have already been so useful. My household doesn’t even really use that many sandwich/storage bags, but over time the Keeper bags will be more cost efficient and all you have to do is rinse them instead of tossing them out.

4. Keeper Storage Bags (set of 5) $16.97 via Amazon

~it took me forever to finally decide to buy these. Since I’ve had them, they have already been so useful. My household doesn’t even really use that many sandwich/storage bags, but over time the Keeper bags will be more cost efficient and all you have to do is rinse them instead of tossing them out.

2. Reusable Silicone Straws ; (set of 4)- $11.99 via  Amazon   ~I currently only have metal straws, but I’m looking to buy this set. Such cute colors and I love that they come in their own travel case. Because they’re silicone and bendable they can be stored in my purse for on the go!

2. Reusable Silicone Straws; (set of 4)- $11.99 via Amazon

~I currently only have metal straws, but I’m looking to buy this set. Such cute colors and I love that they come in their own travel case. Because they’re silicone and bendable they can be stored in my purse for on the go!

3. Reusable Water Bottle ; Contigo 40 oz bottle (the bigger the better!) - $16-$17 via  Amazon   ~my conscious hates water bottles. I feel terrible anytime I use and end up throwing away a plastic water bottle. I love this huge bottle not only to reduce plastic use but also because I know i’m getting a ton of water intake.

3. Reusable Water Bottle; Contigo 40 oz bottle (the bigger the better!) - $16-$17 via Amazon

~my conscious hates water bottles. I feel terrible anytime I use and end up throwing away a plastic water bottle. I love this huge bottle not only to reduce plastic use but also because I know i’m getting a ton of water intake.

5. Makeup Eraser - $20 via  Amazon  (love this print for Spring & Summer!)  ~in my teens I would only ever use makeup remover wipes. Not only do I feel like they don’t get all of my makeup off, but they’re expensive for what you get and just unnecessary waste. I love makeup removing towels so much. They truly get your skin squeaky clean without waste and without any chemicals! Just throw them in the wash and re-use.

5. Makeup Eraser- $20 via Amazon (love this print for Spring & Summer!)

~in my teens I would only ever use makeup remover wipes. Not only do I feel like they don’t get all of my makeup off, but they’re expensive for what you get and just unnecessary waste. I love makeup removing towels so much. They truly get your skin squeaky clean without waste and without any chemicals! Just throw them in the wash and re-use.

6. Take a “Fast Fashion” Break

Fast fashion: “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.”

Being a lover of fashion, and having a blog, I honestly developed such a bad fast fashion habit, as most of us probably do as consumers. Because trends are always changing, and because you can get clothing so cheap these days, fast fashion is appealing. In the past couple of months I’ve realized how much damage fast fashion can do. Not only on my wallet (constantly buying new things), but also ethically and environmentally. I have decided to really reduce my fast fashion intake and shop smarter and with purpose. It’s definitely a work in progress.

7. Sell, Donate, Consign, or Reuse Items

I hardly ever throw items away, like clothing or home decor, unless it’s just too disgusting to pass on to someone else. I mainly consign my like-new pieces of clothing to places like ThredUp or Plato’s Closet. Sometimes I will sell items on my Depop account (@skirtsofurban). I donate a lot of my home decor and clothing too. This way perfectly good items aren’t being thrown into the trash, and sometimes you even get some money back.

You could also reuse that old t-shirt into a cleaning cloth to wipe down your countertops or windows.

*I’m currently trying to figure out what to do with old undergarments, if you have any tips, let me know!

8. Using Products Wisely

A simple, but great, tip I came across recently was to cut cotton rounds in half. This makes the cotton rounds go further than a single use. You could also purchase reusable cotton rounds.

Another great tip is to wait until you use up a product before purchasing new ones. A typical person won’t use 5 different lotions before they expire or you just get tired of it and end up tossing it. Use up your one lotion before purchasing another.

There’s even cool organizations like Wands for Wildlife which help clean small wildlife animals with your old mascara wands. Find out how you can send yours here.

9. Buy Used or Thrifted Clothes & Home Decor

Thrifting isn’t for everyone, but I quite enjoy it. I enjoy the hunt, the deals, and the uniqueness of pieces I find. Most things at a thrift stores are vintage, which I know some people are apposed to. But, you’d be surprised at how many newer things you can find too.

I do love a good home goods and target decor piece but most of the furniture in our apartment is furnished with used and donated pieces from friends and family. You can find some really great gems for a lot less money if you just search!

10. Go Paperless

It’s 2019 and you can do anything online. Switching to paperless statements and setting up online accounts or automatic drafts cuts down on unnecessary paper waste drastically.

Also, for most concerts or shows you can have an e-ticket on your phone instead of a paper one. Less waste and way more convenient too!

Eco-Friendly Things I’d like to incorporate into my life:

•Support Companies with Sustainability

-the more I hear about ethical and sustainable fashion, it’s something I’m getting more and more interested in supporting. I watched the documentary ‘The True Cost’ on Netflix and it definitely made me rethink the fashion industry. I also am loving discovering brands that are practicing a great movement in the fashion industry. I definitely encourage you to do your research on this topic.

•Recycle

Recycling is how most people get into a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but for me it’s not as convenient as for some. I know that I need to have the intention to do it. But, where I live it’s not easy, or convenient to recycle and it doesn’t seem to be promoted a whole lot. But if there is opportunities to recycle I do try my best!

•Use Cloth Napkins Instead of Paper Napkins

I haven’t taken this step yet because it seems like a lot of upkeep to constantly have to wash napkins, but it’s something I’d eventually like to switch over to in the future.

I would love to know your thoughts on taking steps to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Let me know on my Instagram or in the comments

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