This year, I have made a conscious effort to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Sure it’s a buzzword and I’ve done obvious things like cutting back on shopping for new clothes, but I’ve really tried to get creative about my consumption.
At the workplace
Bye sticky notes! I made the switch to a reusable notebook two months ago and don’t miss a thing about old school paper. The Everlast in the executive size is my go to; it easily fits in a backpack or purse and at 32 pages (with a dot grid pattern), it has all I need. The Rocketbook app makes it easy to take a picture of each page and send it to Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox or your inbox. When your notebook is full, grab a damp towel and wipe the pages clean.
Growing up, Saturday morning meant cleaning my room and bathroom. When I moved out on my own, I continued to use the cleaning products that my parents purchased without giving it a second thought. My aha moment came when I was cleaning the shower and couldn’t breathe due to the fumes. I tried out vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner and was shocked, in a good way, at the results. A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water can cut through soap scum and it’s easy to add lemon oil for a light scent. Try using vinegar with washable cotton towels for an even greener clean.
Out to eat
Cutting out straws is a great first step. I have challenged myself this year to also bring reusable cups or water bottles to restaurants instead of asking for a to-go cup. My biggest challenge is planning ahead when ordering take-out and bringing my own containers. I stole this idea from Livia Firth of Eco-Age. It’s been a great conversation starter with other customers and the restaurant employees while also cutting back on single-use plastic.
Let me know some of your favorite ways to go green! I love learning new simple swaps to try or share with friends.