One issue I am really passionate about is the environment. I love leading a lifestyle that creates the smallest carbon footprint I possibly can. A greener lifestyle is one that I not only feel very proud of when I think of the positive impact I am leaving on our planet, but it also tends to be less expensive (hooray!). Here are 6 easy ways we have gone green that we have loved, and I think you will too!
ONE // CHANGE YOUR LIGHTBULBS
Changing your lightbulbs to CFL bulbs is the easiest, quickest way to go green. They use 75% less electricity and last 10x longer. Plus, they can save up to $83 on your power bill over the life of the bulb.
TWO // USE REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Truly, I’m not sure why anyone uses disposable plastic water bottles anymore. They are expensive and create over 2 million tons of landfill waste in the US alone. Eek! Plus, they take 1,000 years to biodegrade, so that waste isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Using a reusable water bottle not only saves us money, but it actually prompts me to drink more water too! Whenever I leave the house, I always make sure to fill up my water bottle and Joshua’s and put them in my diaper bag. I’m never without water when I’m thirsty, and my cute water bottle reminds me to take a swig of H2O whenever I see it.
|SIGG water bottles are my favorite because they are sturdy, plastic free, and can easily be recycled.|
THREE // DITCH YOUR CAR
Ditch your car whenever you can and walk, bike, or take public transportation to your destination. We are lucky and live really close to a grocery store, the public library, and several parks, so Joshua and I rarely use the car during the day. It’s great exercise and it saves us money on gas as well as cuts down on pollution.
FOUR // STOP THE JUNK MAIL
Choose to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers. Not only will eliminate clutter, but it saves trees!
FIVE // DITCH THE PLASTIC BAGS
We used to spend a lot of money on plastic baggies to hold snacks, but we switched to reusable snack bags or take snacks and lunches in reusable containers instead. We also grocery shop with canvas bags instead of bringing home a ton of plastic grocery bags every week that would just take up precious space in our small apartment. Another bonus is I can put more groceries in the canvas bags without worrying about them tearing, so I have fewer bags and I can make it inside in one trip. :)
|Bags from Itzy Ritzy|
SIX // CONSIDER CLOTH
There are so many paper/plastic goods we used to use that we have now replaced with cloth. Diapers, paper towels, napkins, nursing pads…I could go on and on!
|Reusable paper towels from Anne Riggs Designs|
Which brings me to one of my favorite Etsy shops: Anne Riggs Designs.
I was first introduced to Anne’s shop when I won a green giveaway. One of the prizes included a set of her fabulous Reusable Paper Towels. After using them for a few weeks, I was hooked. I use them wherever I would use regular paper towels and they have saved me a ton of money.
I actually contacted Anne hoping she would be interested in participating in Exceptionally Crafted–and she was! :)
She sent me this set of reusable bowl covers. Say goodbye to aluminum foil and plastic wrap, which never stay on my bowls anyway!
They are made of food safe laminated cotton, so you would be just fine to have something liquid in your bowl as it wouldn’t seep through. The largest cover perfectly fits the bowl I always take with salads or rolls to church potlucks–woohoo! They wash up very easily and since they are pretty flat, they don’t take up much storage space.
Anne would like to help you out with greening your life by giving you the chance to win your own set of reusable bowl covers! You even get to choose the fabric. Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. :)
The giveaway is open from 12:00 am EST on March 6th until 11:59 pm EST on March 11th. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond–after that, a new winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified, so please be honest.
Good luck, and have fun greening you life. :)