50 ways you can be more eco-friendly right now.

With today being Earth Day, I can’t think of a better time to spear head an eco-friendly lifestyle change. I understand fully how overwhelming it can be to want to be green, reduce your environmental impact and not know where to start. Honestly a few years ago the only thing I knew I could do was recycle…but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I made this list of 50 things you can start today, tomorrow, & this week that will help. At first it may seem like you have to remind yourself of these things often, but after just a little bit of routine practice, it will become second nature.

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Reduce your environmental impact right now with these changes.

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Be a conscious consumer

  • support companies that are eco-friendly (here are 7 you may not know about!)
  • If you buy new, buy products that will last for a very long time. Think glass bottles, not plastic, and clothing made from sustainable resources
  • Simple buy less – before you buy something, ask yourself if it’s truly a need, and if it’s not, think about the impact of that product.
  • Buy used – everything from used cars, furniture and clothing. This even means adopting a rescue dog, not shopping from a breeder.
  • When you buy a new electronic device, find a place to responsibly recycle your old one. (check out where you can do this here.)
  • Never use one-time-use plastic bags. Buy quality reusable shopping bags – but don’t just use them at the grocery store, take them to the mall, the pharmacy, the home good store, use them for everything.
  • enjoy coffee out? buy a quality reusable mug and bring it with you when you get coffee
  • stop using straws – even plant-based ones. Buy your own reusable straws and take them everywhere with you.

Food waste

  • Before you grocery shop for new food, plan meals around all the food that is about to go bad or spoil. leave nothing unused! (safely!)
  • Buy less food than you think you need. Just like packing for a vacation, we tend to buy more than we can eat – especially fresh produce.
  • Store your food in non-plastic containers like cloth bags, mason jars, bamboo containers, etc.
  • Ignore sell-by, use-by and best-by dates. There are better ways to tell if food has gone bad, use your best judgement but this is just one way to make people buy more more often.
  • Fruit about to go bad? Freeze it right away! if you chop it up and freeze it, you can use it down the road for smoothes or desserts.
  • Start a compost in your yard for your old food – this is ideal if you garden too!
  • ditch aluminum foil and switch to reusable silicone wraps
  • use real plates and silverware, not plastic.
  • if you have to use plastic ones, buy recyclable ones that are also made from recycled material
  • stop buying plastic water bottles or drinks that come in plastic bottles at all


  • Drive less! Simply put. If you can walk somewhere – then walk. Use a bicycle too!
  • Take public transit when you can.
  • If you do have to drive and it’s possible, carpool. Why not ride share on your commute?
  • Ditch one far-away vacation for a closer one (not all vacations, but just one a year close by will make an impact)
  • Switch to an electric vehicle

Home efficiency/impact

  • Change all your light bulbs to LED bulbs. (they’ve come a long way, trust me!)
  • Install low-flow shower heads and toilets.
  • Use a rain-water basin to collect rain water – use that for outside chores like washing your car or watering plants.
  • Seal your windows yearly to ensure best insulation.
  • Insulate your home with green material
  • Wash your clothes in cold water (you never need hot water if you have the proper soap)
  • Dry your clothes on a line instead of an electric dryer
  • Install solar panels and use solar panel charged outdoor lights
  • Invest in a tankless water heater
  • buy used furniture
  • when renovating, use eco-friendly materials like bamboo or cork floors, low VOC paint, and instead of buying new, mend what you can.

Beauty + Cleaning

  • Buy cruelty free and chemical free makeup, face-wash, shampoo, etc.
  • Make your own laundry detergent or use natural soap nuts
  • use every last drop of your products – no shame in cutting open the tube or bottle to get everything you paid for!
  • ditch cotton balls and use reusable cotton rounds
  • use products that come in glass instead of plastic (if it’s an option)
  • buy recycled or tree-free toilet paper
  • use washable rags to clean your house instead of paper towels
  • clean with chemical-free cleaners. Using simply vinegar and water works wonders.
  • use loose leaf tea with a reusable tea strainers instead of plastic wrapped tea bags
  • ditch the Keurig or pot coffee. Use pour over or french press – trust me, it even tastes better.
  • switch to coconut or bamboo sponges instead of plastic/rubber ones

love local.

  • What’s not to love about local? Support local business more!
  • shop at your local farmers market
  • start a small garden, even an herb garden outside your kitchen window is perfect.
  • shop at your local flea markets, thrift shops and yard sales.
  • attend local events and support the community

To make this even easier for you, I compiled a list of products I mention in this list on my Amazon storefront. You may think this sounds backwards..i’m telling you to shop. But the lesson is; purchase smartly once instead of using negatively hundreds of times.

You can find the list here!

Remember to share, and remember that every day is Earth Day !

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