I am finally back from Hawaii and getting back to focusing on the blog full time. I am so excited to share some of my third trip to the Big Island along with travel tips and ideas. May will be filled with travel tips and ideas, as well as many other ideas for summer fun. Make sure to follow me on Pinterest or sign up for my weekly newsletter for all the latest!
For now, I wanted to do a special post because of Earth Day. Any type of lifestyle change can be challenging, but will seem more more attainable if you take small steps. The following are 5 easy swaps for a greener, cleaner lifestyle. All of these swaps are things that I have done, or currently do and the best part is they’re all really simple!
5 Simple Changes to make this Earth Day
Stop drinking bottled water
Stop drinking from plastic water bottles and buy a re-usable water bottle. I love using a glass water bottle, my favorite is by Contigo. I bought mine at Target but you can also buy them on Amazon. Mine is grey, but Amazon has lots of fun colors. I also took these Baiji bottles on my recent trip to Hawaii. They’re really great for going on a plane or for any other kind of traveling where space is limited.
Switch to re-usable paper towels
Using fewer paper towels doesn’t have to mean buying those adorable non-paper towels that fold onto a roll. To be honest, I have some of those and they go in the bin with all of my other rags. They are cute, but I prefer using wash cloths for their practicality. You can purchase a large pack of basic wash cloths at places like Wal-Mart, Target, or this 24 pack on Amazon. We have been using wash clothes/rags instead of paper towels for years, and I don’t miss them at all. This is such a simple switch, and it will save money every month too!
Try Cloth Diapers
This is a big step, but it’s really not as intimidating as you might think! I’ve spent over 48 months cloth diapering and I’ve shared a few blog posts of tricks that I have learned along the way! Read all about different types of cloth diapers, how to wash cloth diapers, and how to use wool covers with cloth diapers in my Cloth Diapering 101 series.
Trade chemical-filled products for Dr. Bronners
Use Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap in place of, well, just about anything! I wrote a post about my favorite 12 uses for Dr. Bronners, and I really do use it for just about everything! My favorite uses are as a shaving cream replacement, shampoo or soap replacement, and diluted as an all-purpose house cleaner. Dr. Bronners is all natural, fair trade, and contains organic ingredients. I purchase mine on Amazon or Thrive Market, but it is also available at Target and some Wal-Mart stores.
Using a clothes line
This is another very simple step that not only makes for a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, but also saves money! A simple clothes line can be purchased just about anywhere but there are also spinning clothes lines and retractable clothes lines depending on your budget and the amount of space available. Summer is coming soon, so there is no reason not to put your clothes out on a line instead of using the dryer. If you’re worried about stiff clothes, throw them in the dryer for about 5 minutes with some wool dryer balls right after bringing them off of the clothes line. This will fluff everything right up, with minimal electricity used!
These are just 5 simple changes that you can make to live a greener, cleaner life. The best things is that every one of these will also save money over time. What are you doing this Earth Day to minimize your carbon footprint? I’d love to hear more simple ideas and tips in the comments!