6 Easy Ways to Go Green + Giveaway

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. :)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I can understand that if they care about their numbers or whatever or their speed, but still. I like getting my discount at Target for every bag they use.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I have a Keurig so I make my own! I use a refillable K-Cup too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Do it! It’s not very often you get to use saving the planet as an excuse to buy something. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    The reusable coffee cup is a great one! Do you brew at home or take it to a coffee shop? Sorry if that’s a dumb question. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I love the reusable shopping bags. I love that at our grocery store you bag your own groceries, because I have had cashiers get really annoyed with me for bringing my own bags….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    10 points for you! Sounds like you are doing a lot. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I so went to her shop and I love it all!!!! We moved to Sandy in 2012…we love it here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    One step at a time! :) Not everyone loves the idea, but we sure do!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Way to go! :) I wish our public transportation system was better. Air pollution is a huge problem where we live because people rarely car pool or use public transit systems. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    The snack bags are great! What kinds of things do you do in interior design to be more sustainable? I’m curious about that. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Way to go! It’s so important to teach kids to appreciate the planet. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I bet that’s one of the fabulous pluses of living in California–the weather is probably always nice enough for walking! It’s just barely started to warm up here and we are LOVING it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Do it! They are fabulous! Where in Utah did you move to? We live in Provo. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I love cloth napkins! They’re much prettier than paper napkins too. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Woohoo! I sure love those cloth diapers. Which kind do you use?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Added bonus–eating out less saves you guys money! :) I wish we had an easier way to recycle–we live in apartments and our landlord isn’t signed up for a recycling program. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    They are so wonderful! I don’t miss the disposable stuff at all. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I had never even heard of or thought of reusable paper towels or bowl covers. That is so smart! They are definitely things that I need to start using.

  • Rachel Lloyd

    I had never even heard of or thought of reusable paper towels or bowl covers. That is so smart! They are definitely things that I need to start using.

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      They are so wonderful! I don’t miss the disposable stuff at all. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    We are going green by recycling. We just bought a recycle can and we are eating out less which makes for less trash!

  • Chelsea

    We are going green by recycling. We just bought a recycle can and we are eating out less which makes for less trash!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Added bonus–eating out less saves you guys money! :) I wish we had an easier way to recycle–we live in apartments and our landlord isn’t signed up for a recycling program. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Oooo I need these!

  • Chelsea

    Oooo I need these!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    We use cloth napkins and diapers and dishtowels, and recycle everything we can.

  • brittany

    We use cloth napkins and diapers and dishtowels, and recycle everything we can.

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Woohoo! I sure love those cloth diapers. Which kind do you use?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    we go green with cloth napkins! My hubbs thought they were gross at first, but he got used to it.

  • Kara V

    we go green with cloth napkins! My hubbs thought they were gross at first, but he got used to it.

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I love cloth napkins! They’re much prettier than paper napkins too. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I will definitely be heading to Etsy to check out Anne!!! The thing I hate buying most paper towels…and since we moved to Utah almost 2 years ago I have become a cleaning freak and go through them like crazy…oh to not buy paper towels again!!!!

  • Jenn

    I will definitely be heading to Etsy to check out Anne!!! The thing I hate buying most paper towels…and since we moved to Utah almost 2 years ago I have become a cleaning freak and go through them like crazy…oh to not buy paper towels again!!!!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Do it! They are fabulous! Where in Utah did you move to? We live in Provo. :)

      • Jenn

        I so went to her shop and I love it all!!!! We moved to Sandy in 2012…we love it here.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    We use reusable water bottles and because I am big on getting exercise in–we walk a lot. We also use canvas bags…when I can remember them! But we definitely could be better!

  • Tanika Rice @ Growing Gracie

    We use reusable water bottles and because I am big on getting exercise in–we walk a lot. We also use canvas bags…when I can remember them! But we definitely could be better!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I bet that’s one of the fabulous pluses of living in California–the weather is probably always nice enough for walking! It’s just barely started to warm up here and we are LOVING it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Reusable Paper Towel Set of 12 Amy Butler Martini brown

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    we do a lot of reusing , we are trying to use more green cleaning products for our home , and we are teaching our children the value of our earth !

  • Sarah J Jackson

    we do a lot of reusing , we are trying to use more green cleaning products for our home , and we are teaching our children the value of our earth !

    • Sarah J Jackson

      Reusable Paper Towel Set of 12 Amy Butler Martini brown

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Way to go! It’s so important to teach kids to appreciate the planet. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    What a great post! Its always nice to get a reminder that we need to be more conscience of our footprint. This is a very big topic for designers too!! Love the reusable snack bag idea..

  • Samantha Horseman

    What a great post! Its always nice to get a reminder that we need to be more conscience of our footprint. This is a very big topic for designers too!! Love the reusable snack bag idea..

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      The snack bags are great! What kinds of things do you do in interior design to be more sustainable? I’m curious about that. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    water bottles I have down……the reusable paper towel idea is intriguing but I am not sold……

  • Alex Thornton

    Whenever possible I take public transportation or walk and I have reusable shopping bags. These look great, thanks for the giveaway!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Way to go! :) I wish our public transportation system was better. Air pollution is a huge problem where we live because people rarely car pool or use public transit systems. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    …but HOW do we opt out of those pesky credit card offers? I’m all about that.

  • Heidi Knepper

    water bottles I have down……the reusable paper towel idea is intriguing but I am not sold……

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      One step at a time! :) Not everyone loves the idea, but we sure do!

  • http://bekahsresolve.blogspot.com Bekah @ re•solve

    …but HOW do we opt out of those pesky credit card offers? I’m all about that.

  • http://crazyaligirl.blogspot.com/ Ali Mills

    I’m trying to be better with water bottles and not using them as often hahaha

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Those are all great tips! Great article to keep it on our minds. :)

  • http://amycoralblog.blogspot.ca Amy M

    Those are all great tips! Great article to keep it on our minds. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I use a reusable coffee cup and try to walk instead of drive whenever possible!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I always use reusable shopping bags and I have quite a few water bottles lying around. We used to buy pallets of water, but we don’t anymore.

  • http://alittletoojolley.blogspot.com/ Brooklyn Jolley

    I need to buy myself a cute water bottle! I use plastic throw away ones everyday! Whoops!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Do it! It’s not very often you get to use saving the planet as an excuse to buy something. :)

  • Laura K

    I use a reusable coffee cup and try to walk instead of drive whenever possible!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      The reusable coffee cup is a great one! Do you brew at home or take it to a coffee shop? Sorry if that’s a dumb question. :)

      • Laura K

        I have a Keurig so I make my own! I use a refillable K-Cup too!

  • http://amberlyandjoe.blogspot.com/ Amberly

    I always use reusable shopping bags and I have quite a few water bottles lying around. We used to buy pallets of water, but we don’t anymore.

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I love the reusable shopping bags. I love that at our grocery store you bag your own groceries, because I have had cashiers get really annoyed with me for bringing my own bags….

      • http://amberlyandjoe.blogspot.com/ Amberly

        I can understand that if they care about their numbers or whatever or their speed, but still. I like getting my discount at Target for every bag they use.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I love those bowl covers! I can only imagine how much simpler they would make life than using plastic wrap all the time! I’ve been using reusable paper towels for a while and LOVE them and have been making little choices around the house to help us be more green! I bought a couple reusable water bottles, changed the light bulbs, and have been extra conscious of turning off the lights when I’m not in a room.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    We recently bought the stainless steel water bottles. We have a water filter pitcher in our frig and get the water out of that to put into the bottles.

  • http://journeywithdestiny.wordpress.com/ Destiny Barker

    I love those bowl covers! I can only imagine how much simpler they would make life than using plastic wrap all the time! I’ve been using reusable paper towels for a while and LOVE them and have been making little choices around the house to help us be more green! I bought a couple reusable water bottles, changed the light bulbs, and have been extra conscious of turning off the lights when I’m not in a room.

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      10 points for you! Sounds like you are doing a lot. :)

  • Maureen

    We recently bought the stainless steel water bottles. We have a water filter pitcher in our frig and get the water out of that to put into the bottles.