Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas.
Easy First Steps
- Bring your own bag to the grocery store/farmers market
- Bring your own water bottle (glass, stainless, or use a mason jar)
- Say "no straw, please" when you're going out to eat or out for a drink
- Use a Chemex or a French press for coffee instead of disposable coffee pods. Your coffee will taste better.
- Bring your own travel mug or mason jar for coffee and tea on the go
- Keep a set of reusable utensils or a spork with you instead of using disposable plastic silverware
- Go to your local farmers market, and bring your own bag
- Find a bulk store near you using the Bulk App, and bring your own cloth bags for the bulk bins
- Bring your own container to the butcher counter, deli counter and cheese counter
- Eat more whole fruits and vegetables and less prepared/processed food
- Buy milk in returnable glass bottles
- Find ways to make kitchen staples instead of buying them in a plastic lined tin. Try soaking and cooking dried beans (it's really easy, I promise!), make your own yogurt, tomato sauce, salad dressing, etc. Even try just one of those things.
- Use glass or stainless steel storage containers in the kitchen
- Replace your bottles of shampoo and conditioner with a shampoo bar
- Use bar soap instead of body wash (make sure the soap has natural ingredients!)
- Use coconut oil instead of lotion
- Find toilet paper wrapped in paper instead of plastic. In the U.S., Seventh Generation makes some.
- Try a bamboo toothbrush, and make your own toothpaste
- Shave with a safety razor
- Make your own deodorant
- Use reusable menstrual products