This post was inspired by a conversation I recently had with my mom. Both of us really try to be eco-friendly, but sometimes it all seems a little overwhelming. I feel like I’m not doing enough or that there is some sort of competition within social media. For example, sometimes I’m scared to show that I didn’t bring my reusable cup to Starbucks, or that I accidentally forgot my reusable bags and had to use the ones at the store. I just feel like sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect when if everyone did just a little bit, it would go a long way.
That is what this post is about, trying to be a little more eco-friendly, because if everyone did a little, it would do a lot for our Earth. I divided this post into four categories, grocery, clothing, periods, and home. Even if you just focus on one category, that is still doing more than most people. And there are more ways to be more eco-friendly that I didn’t mention in this post, share them in the comments and let’s learn from each other! I would really love to read them!
Being more eco-friendly at the grocery store is EASY! For starters, switch out plastic bags for your own reusable bags. You can get cute ones that reflect your style or even ones that share causes you care about. They are everywhere, but I’ll link some HERE if you just want to get them now. If you ever forget them when you go to the store, just get paper bags. They are the lesser of two evils, so you don’t have to feel guilty, and you can reuse or recycle them easily.
Next is produce bags. It’s something you don’t really think about but the produce bags are awful for the environment. You can buy reusable ones online (I’ll link them HERE), or if forget, or just don’t want to buy them, you can go to only using one or two and then bring them back and reuse those instead of throwing away. Most of the time, I prefer not to even use produce bags, to be honest, especially if I’m buying bananas, oranges, or any other fruits or veggies with an outer “shell”.
Something a lot of people don’t think about is how eco-unfriendly* fast fashion is. Not only is it bad for the environment, but a lot of the times the people that are making them are often underpaid and have inhumane working conditions. So I do my best not to support that but sometimes that’s not always an option. I buy most of my clothes from thrift stores or online thrift store. I recently started using Poshmark and wow, it’s amazing. I originally got it to sell some of my old clothes to make some extra cash, but I’ve found some real gems on there too! I got a new pair of shorts, a new bikini top, a pink sweater, and a new bralette! Everything is super inexpensive and you can also bargain with other sellers, it’s sorta like eBay in that sense. I would seriously recommend it to anyone! You can use my code “mohuntley” and get $5 (sounds sponsored but I promise it’s not). I also like the site ThredUp, it’s similar to Poshmark but you don’t sell directly to other sellers, you sell to the site and then they resell, it’s like an online version if Plato’s Closet.
Another thing no one really thinks about is how awful period products are for not only the environment but also your body. Now, I am guilty of using the traditional pads and tampons but recently I am trying to branch out and use products that are better for me and the Earth. I have tried a couple of things, some have worked and some have not, but I am going to share all of them with you! I first tried using a silicone cup about a year ago. I figured out quickly that it’s not for me. So instead I looked into using organic and biodegradable tampons and pads, and I found the company Lola. Lola is an online subscription company where you can customize a box filled with all of your period needs. This is totally not sponsored by the way, but Lola, if you’re reading this, hit a girl up! Anyway, I just started using their products and I really like them! It’s basically the same as normal period products but they are all organic and natural. Check them out HERE.
Home is one of the only environments you can control, so it’s super easy to be more eco-friendly there. One way I am more eco-friendly that’s so easy it’s ridiculous is I reuse plastic bags (sandwich bags, freezer bags, or plastic grocery bags) as many times as I can. For food bags, like sandwich bags and freezer bags, I just rinse them out after I am done using them for snacks or whatever. Super easy to do, there is basically no excuse not to do it. Another thing you could do, that I really want to start doing is buying reusable ziplock bags to use at home. Any way you can cut plastic out of your life is amazing. Which brings me to my next topic, drinkware, starting with reusable straws. For starters, straws are something I didn’t think about causing a lot of damage to our planet, but everyone uses them! A while ago, I ordered metal straws for water, and then recently I got glass straws for smoothies. I’ll link the metal ones HERE and the glass ones HERE. They are really great and I can’t recommend them enough!
The next home thing I recommend is making your own home cleaners or just buying natural and all-in-one products. For example, I use Dr.Bronners for a ton of stuff, makeup brush cleaner, body wash, toilet cleaner, fruit & veg wash, and more! By using one product for multiple things, it cuts down on plastic and ends up being cheaper for you! You can get my favorite Dr. Bronners scent HERE or at any Target or even Costco.
Thanks so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this post!
If you have any tips on how to be more eco-friendly, leave them in the comments! I would love to read them and I’m sure others would as well.