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

Food

  • 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
  • Compost!!!

Bath

  • 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

Household/Cleaning

  • Use vinegar, baking soda and bar soap to clean
  • Use bar soap to wash your dishes, and get a dish brush made of natural materials
  • Try soap nuts for your laundry, and replace toxic dryer sheets with dryer balls
  • Make your own dishwasher detergent