“Greening” your life can seem like a bit of a long process, and you may find it difficult to know where or how to begin. Every little step you can take towards being more friendly to both the environment and yourself is a valid one. But let’s start small, and what better place to start than when you wake up in the morning?
Beginning to green your morning routine can be as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Statistics have stated that this simple act in the morning and night can save up to 8 gallons of water a day! That’s essentially your drinking water for a week. Going along with that, being more mindful when hopping in the shower can be a huge water saver. So put down your shower head microphone and get the job done!
Greening up your hygiene routine can also include the products you use. It can start with simply reading the ingredients on your current products as well as whether their containers are recyclable. Even better (and more cost effective in the long run) would be to begin the transition into using less or no processed products at home. We will get into this further in a later blog, but there are tons of wonderful recipes for face washes, toothpastes, shampoos, etc that can be made of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Not only that, but you can be saving on packaging all together by re-using old jam jars again and again!
It can be so tempting to run to the drive-thru to grab a quick bite on your way to work. But it is truly worth the little bit of extra effort to get into the habit of eating at home. You will be sparing the use of all the packaging that comes with morning fast food, saving money on the food itself and the gas you’re using, as well as the wear and tear of both your car and the environment. Keeping quick, healthy items like fruits, yogurt and granola around will not only be a nice step towards greening your routine, but will also aid in you eating healthier. Research states that it takes roughly 21 days to form a habit. So stick with it for just 3 short weeks and before you know it, you wont even THINK about hitting up the donut shop for breakfast.
Your morning coffee is another great place to look when considering how to green your routine. Those one use plastic cup coffee machines can seem convenient, but what a waste of plastic and an unnecessary hit for the environment to boot. If you are still sticking with your old coffee pot, you can switch to a permanent coffee filter, or better yet, switch to French press! With French press coffee, you are not only sparing the use of filters, but you’re sparing the use of electricity that those automatic coffee makers utilize.
This can be a tough one but it is at least something worth considering. Are there options for you to carpool to work? Or could it be possible for you to take your bike, walk or take public transportation once in a while. Or maybe you spend a lot of the day back and forth, in that case it may be possible to look at your schedule every day and plan accordingly so you can get more done in those weird in betweens around meetings and save on the gas it takes to be so back and forth. There may not be much to be tweaked in this regard but it is definitely worth taking a look at.
One of the best parts about going green (aside from the obvious good feeling you get from being kind to the environment) is that a lot of these strategies are also saving you money! So when going green feels like more of an effort at the get go, consider the pay off down the road when you form new habits and your wallet is a little thicker every month!