If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the go, juggling your work, social life, and self-care. But have you ever stopped to think about the impact your daily choices have on the environment? Don’t worry, I’m not here to lecture you. Instead, let’s talk about small changes you can make in your daily life that can have a big impact on the planet. I’m talking about sustainable swaps – easy changes you can make to your everyday habits that are good for you (and your wallet!) and good for the environment.
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What is a Sustainable Swap?
First things first, let’s define what a sustainable swap is. Basically, it’s when you replace a non-sustainable item or habit with a sustainable one. For example, instead of using plastic straws, you can use metal or bamboo ones. The goal is to reduce waste and decrease your carbon footprint.
How to Make a Sustainable Swap
Now that you know what a sustainable swap is, let’s talk about how to make some! Here are some tips to get you started:
- Identify areas in your life where you can make sustainable swaps. Think about the products you use regularly and how they impact the environment.
- Start small. Don’t try to overhaul your entire lifestyle at once. Instead, choose one or two swaps to start with and build from there. Once you get started, it can be addicting and you’ll add more in!
- Choose swaps that fit your lifestyle and budget. Sustainability doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of easy and affordable swaps you can make.
20 Easy Sustainable Swaps
Alright, let’s get into it! Here are twenty easy sustainable swaps that anyone (even busy women trying to do it all!) can make:
- Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. Not only is this more sustainable, but it’s also a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Fun Fact: You probably already have one in your home and likely don’t need one! But if you do…. Well, here are some of my favorites.
2. Use a reusable coffee cup instead of disposable ones. This is a great swap for coffee lovers who are always on the go.
Just like the above, you probably already have one in your home, but if you’re looking for a replacement, I’ve got you!
3. Swap plastic straws for metal or bamboo ones. This is an easy swap that can make a big impact on the environment. Or go without straws completely!
4. Turn off your lights when you leave a room!
5. Use a reusable shopping bag instead of disposable ones. Keep a few reusable bags in your car or purse so you always have them on hand. You can also reuse the 10 cent bags you get from the store and it’s even more eco-friendly!
6. Use a menstrual cup or reusable pads instead of disposable pads and tampons. This is a more sustainable and cost-effective option. Honestly, I could write a whole article on this because I’ve switched over and I honestly prefer these products over my old routine!
7. Buy in bulk so that you use less packaging or try your local farmer’s market! You can bring your own shopping bags and it’s even better for the earth because your food wasn’t shipped from all over to get to you.
8. Use a bamboo or compostable toothbrush instead of a plastic one. These toothbrushes are biodegradable and eco-friendly.
9. Use a refillable hand soap dispenser instead of buying disposable ones. This is an easy swap that can save you money in the long run, and you probably already have it in your home!
10. Swap conventional cleaning products for eco-friendly ones. Look for products that are non-toxic and biodegradable. Two brands I like are Blueland and Branch Basics!
11. Swap paper towels for cloth towels. Cloth towels can be washed and reused (obviously) reducing waste and saving you money.
12. Use a glass or stainless steel food container (think Tupperware) instead of single use plastic ones (like Ziploc bags). These are durable and reusable, reducing waste and saving you money.
13. Try eating more of a plant based diet – not only will it be nicer on your wallet (grocery prices have been absolutely INSANE lately, especially meat!), but it helps the environment, too!
14. Use a reusable makeup remover cloth instead of disposable makeup wipes. This is a more sustainable and cost-effective option. Or you can do what I do and double cleanse – oil takes the makeup off and then my gel cleanser gets anything left over. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s good for your skin!
15. Use a natural loofah or washcloth instead of a plastic loofah or shower puff. These are biodegradable and eco-friendly.
16. Try using reusable eye gels instead of the disposable ones. This is a more sustainable and cost-effective option. Plus, you can use your favorite serums!
17. Use a natural laundry detergent instead of conventional ones. Be sure to look out for products that are non-toxic and biodegradable.
18. Use a reusable lunchbox instead of disposable ones. This is an easy swap that can save you money in the long run. I like to use the reusable bag that lululemon gives you, so I didn’t have to buy one, but there are some cute ones out there!
19. Use a bike or walk instead of driving whenever possible. This is not only good for the environment but also good for your health, and it’s free!.
20. Try using a bar shampoo and conditioner! Then you won’t have the single use plastics from your bottles. And believe it or not, there’s a lot of options out there and I’ve even found a few I like!
Making sustainable swaps doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. By making small changes to your everyday habits, you can make a big impact on the environment. Remember to start small and choose swaps that fit your lifestyle and budget. Every sustainable swap you make is a step towards a better future for all of us. You’ve got this!