Helping out the environment doesn’t have to mean undergoing drastic changes in your daily life. In fact, there are a few simple ways to go green. Just by making some minor adjustments to your morning routine, you can make big, positive changes to the environment.
Eat Breakfast at Home
It’s often tempting to run through the drive-thru for a breakfast sandwich or to head out your favorite coffee shop for a doughnut. Instead, make a habit out of eating at your apartment.
In addition to saving on packaging materials, you’ll use less gas, spend less money and likely eat healthier. Stock up on fresh fruit for the week at your local farmers market, and add it to oatmeal, cereal or yogurt.
Use a Permanent Coffee Filter
Coffee is likely a regular part of your morning routine. It’s a great way to wake up and prepare yourself for the day’s events. Before you brew your cup of joe, consider investing in a permanent coffee filter rather than using the paper options. This reduces the amount of waste that you’re producing and saves you money over the long run. To clean the filter, all you have to do is toss it in your dishwasher!
Buy Eco-Friendly Cosmetics
There are a few makeup companies out there that sell green products, such as Jane Iredale and Burt’s Bees. However, before you make your purchase, read the label. Sometimes, products claim to be natural or organic but actually contain toxins and chemicals.
You can check the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics list to determine which ingredients you should avoid.
Don’t Buy Makeup You Won’t Use
We all have those cosmetic products that just sit at the bottom of our makeup bag without ever being used. Turns out, we didn’t really need to buy that bright blue eye shadow. Try to limit the amount of makeup that you purchase. Start by asking yourself if you really need this certain item. Not only will this save you some green, you’ll be able to prevent a lot of products from ending up in landfills.
Cut Down Your Shower Time
It’s easy to take a bit too long in your morning shower. Trimming the amount of time you spend in the shower time can significantly reduce water waste. In fact, cutting down that time by just one minute can save between 547 and 2,007 gallons of water per year.
Read the Newspaper Digitally
If you normally get the newspaper delivered to your apartment, consider getting an online subscription instead. This way, you’ll still be able to stay up to date on the latest news while still being environmentally conscious by saving paper.