I’m a self described modern day hippie and I could not be more proud of the title. Sure I still shower and maintain a sense of grooming, but I’ve been taking big steps toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. And honestly, it’s been so easy to make the switch. One of the biggest hurtles to becoming more eco-friendly is the inconvenience, but these few steps make it way easy to reduce your footprint, save the turtles, and feel a lot better about yourself.
I said goodbye to plastic straws first. I wrote about the experience in a post a few months after I started, but it’s been over a year now of actively giving back straws through drive-thru windows and toting around metal straws with me. I estimate that I’ve reduced my straw usage of about 300 straws in one year. That’s a lot of straws that won’t be bothering the poor sea turtles.
Another easy switch is to take reusable bags to supermarkets. Sure you can bring back plastic bags to the store to recycle, but it’s just so much easier not to get them in the first place. I keep a few in my car, a few in each of my bags, and some where I grab my keys. That way I always have a bag no matter when I decide to pop into the store.
If you’re a frequent Starbucks groupie like I am, their reusable cups are a must. They’ll give you $0.10 off your drink order when you use the cup, and the ones at the register cost only $2. Anything to reduce the guilt of hitting up the Starbucks drive-thru for the third time this week, right?
Now if you’re really down to help the Earth, let’s talk about composting. I recently got a Lifetime Compost Tumbler from Costco (this one is similar) and have started to make my own compost. This video I saw on Facebook made it look so easy that I finally took the plunge and purchased one. So far we’ve been putting in food scraps and collecting leaves. It feels so good to not throw away scraps from cooking. We still have quite a while until we have any compost, but it’s been a fun process. Plus Starbucks sometimes has coffee grounds for free you can add to your compost or use in your garden.
It hasn’t once felt inconvenient to bring a reusable bag or hand back a plastic straw I won’t be using. I finally feel good about my involvement in helping the environment. It’s so easy to think “it’s too big of a problem for little old me to do anything.” But with the environment that’s just not true. There is so much we can do every day that you’ll feel ridiculous waiting so long to start.