Sustainability has been a growing trend as the concern for our planet increases. Whether you are looking to cut costs or care for the environment, “going green” can be a great decision. Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle can go a long way towards both caring for the environment as well as saving some extra money. There are many ways to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Even small actions can make a big difference. Here are five easy ways to help you get started on your journey to go green!

  1. Reuse

    Consider investing in reusable items to save on paper and plastic waste. Invest in a reusable coffee mug and water bottle that you can carry with you throughout the day. Think about replacing plastic containers with reusable Tupperware. Be sure to stock up on some reusable bags to bring with you when grocery shopping. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose!
  1. Reduce

    Cut down on energy in your apartment by unplugging appliances when not in use. Try to run the dishwasher or washing machine only with a full load. Shut off the water while brushing your teeth and turn off lights when you leave a room.
  1. Rethink

    Rethink some of the products you are currently using in your home and consider swapping those for energy-efficient items. You can save money and conserve energy by replacing light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) bulbs. Start using non-toxic and biodegradable green cleaners. Switching to an all-natural cleaner can save you money as well as help the environment!
  1. Repurpose

    Swap out paper towels for cloth to clean your kitchen. Try repurposing old towels and t-shirts by cutting them into small cleaning cloths. Consider turning glass jars and leftover containers into mason jars to hold knick-knacks for storage. Mason jars are both sustainable and trendy!
  1. Recycle

    Recycling is one of the easiest ways to make an impact on your environment. Purchase two trash cans to separate garbage from recyclable materials. Every time you need to discard something, consider whether it goes in the recycling bin or trash can. You may need to sort your recycling by item, separating glass, cardboard, and aluminum. Keeping a schedule of when recycling goes out will help you to stay organized and on task!

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