1. Mobile Phone Accessories - we carry them with us every day. What better way to consistently remind yourself of your commitment to the environment than by outfitting your phone with fully compostable case. Because they won't just sit in a landfill for decades after you've upgraded your phone model, a Pela case will protect your phone and the environment too!2. Write down what is inside of your fridge before you go grocery shopping! Plan meals around the food that needs to be eaten first.
2.Write down what is inside of your fridge before you go grocery shopping! Plan meals around the food that needs to be eaten first.
3. E-books and Audio Books! Reduce paper, shipping and water waste by using E-books and Audio books. You can rent new and favourite books for free on apps such as Libby or support the author by buying the downloadable copy.
4. Say no to plastic straws. Instead, opt for a reusable glass or metal straw that you can use over and over again! You can even try using a collapsible straw for when you’re on the go.
5. Opt for looseleaf tea (tea bags are made with plastic!)
Some of these tips you might have already mastered, but hopefully you'll pick up a few new ones along the way too. Ways to Reduce Food Waste:
6.Buy less than you think that you need. We tend to over buy on food so remove one meal from your meal plan because you'll most likely have an unexpected dinner out or leftovers!
7.Measure ingredients carefully! Follow recipes and adjust the amount of ingredients to the number of people eating.
8.Chop and store the produce when you get home from the store so creating meals is easy during the week.
9.Store your food properly so it doesn't go bad! Look for storage tips from sustainable cooks onhow to store your produce plastic-free.
10. Ignore the dates. Best-by, sell-by, and use-by are NOT expiration dates. There's no scientific way to predict the exact day something is going to expire so use your best judgement with smell and taste. If it tastes fine - it's probably fine to eat.
11. Eat your ends and stems. Are you still throwing the tops of the carrots and beets out? STOP IT. They are delicious!! Beet tops make a great chard substitute and carrot tops make a delicious pesto. Check out this cookbook for TONS of tips on how to use your scraps.
12. Save the peels of your onions, carrots, garlic, and celery ends to make a delicious vegetable stock that you can use to infuse more flavor into rice, quinoa, etc.
13. Use your freezer to freeze fruits and veggies you might not have time to get to before they turn.
14. Use slightly mushy fruits in smoothies or breakfast breads.
15. If you do have any leftover food, make sure you compost it!
16. Drive less. Like WAY less.
17. Opt for riding your bike.
18. Grab public transportation.
19. Create a 30-minute rule. If it's under a 30-minute walk, walk or ride your bike.
20. Combine your trips so you're not ping-ponging back and forth.
21. Switch to an electric vehicle and charge it with solar power.
22. Opt for LED light bulbs.
23. Install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
24. Look into gray water systems or catching rainfall.
25. Install solar panels and a solar battery. Don't own your home? Look into switching where your energy comes from with your electricity service provider or joining a community solar farm.
26. Seal all of your windows and/or replace them with more efficient double-pane windows.
27. Add insulation to your home.
28. Unplug your devices to prevent phantom electricity from being consumed.
29. Keep a bucket in your shower to catch the water while it's heating up and use it to water plants or flush the toilet.
30. Wash your clothes in cold water.
31. Hang your clothes to dry on the line instead of using the dryer.
32. Say no to freebies.
33. Invest in a water filter for your home to avoid buying bottled water.
34. Buy several reusable water bottles and keep them full of filtered water so you can grab and go and be out the door.
35. Bring your own bags to all stores like pet stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, etc.
36. Bring your own cloth produce bags to the grocery store or the farmers market.
37. Say no to plastic cutlery when ordering takeout
38. Use shampoo and conditioner bars for yourself (Habitat) or your puppy (Barxby).
39. Make the switch to biodegradable sunglasses. For a stylish and sustainable option, try Swway!
40. Use refill soaps for your hands, dish, and laundry.
41. Opt for plastic-free produce and food.