How To Live A More Sustainable Life
For the past two weeks I have not bought any non dairy milk. I've been making my own every couple days. I first committed to not buying any non dairy milk from the store after reading some of the ingredients and getting weirded out by all the extra stuff that was in them. By making your own you can control what goes in them and save money. It's so much cheaper to make your own your own almond milk then shell out $5 a carton. I also realized that I didn't have to take out the recycling out as much. By making things at home, not only was I saving money, I was also lessening my impact on the environment.
It's funny how something as little as making my own milk made me start to think how I could be more eco friendly and how incorporating some of these tips in your life can save you some money.
Here are some ways you can live a more sustainable life
- Bring your own bags to the store. Super easy right? BAGGU makes super cute tote bags that are easily storable in your bag. When I buy produce I never use plastic bags. The other day I saw a woman put one single potato in a plastic bag. Why?!?! I just throw it all in the basket. If you are a produce bag person I recommend these reusable produce bags.
- Bring your cup to the coffee shop. The coffee shop down the block from my house actually sells these reusable cups that I love. For my iced coffee or teas I always use this one. Besides being good for the environment it keeps my drinks cold all day and there's no condensation dripping all over the place. Don't forget about your trusty mason jar! I like to use a Cuppow lid so it doesn't spill in my lap when I'm on the train. BTW a lot of coffee shops will offer a discount if you bring your own cup. This post lists some coffee shops in Brooklyn that offer discounts.
- Up-cycle. I save every glass jar I get. I use them for smoothies, to make ice tea, to store soup, to keep herbs fresh in the fridge...the possibilities are endless.
- Stop buying bottled water! It's so wasteful. I love my Soma water pitcher. It's aesthetically pleasing, super sustainable (A portion of every filter purchased goes to charity plus they are just a great company) and affordable. They mail you a new filter every month so you don't even have to think about it.
- Stop receiving junk mail and switch to electronic billing. This post here tells you how to stop receiving junk mail (did you know the average house receives 69 friggen pounds of junk mail a year?!)
- Don't drive so much. Take public transportation, walk, ride your bike or run! When the weather is nice I love to run home from work to squeeze in a few extra miles.
It's easy to start with a few easy changes. I know it sounds cheesy, but every bit helps.
Also, check out this awesome zero waste store! It has everything you need!
Do you guys have any tips on how to live sustainably? I'd love to hear in the comments.