5 New Ways to Make Eco-Friendly Easier to Transition

By on January 24, 2020
Eco-Friendly

In the last decade, many women over 50 have become increasingly conscious of the environment. They’re living alternative lifestyles that don’t necessarily match the modern man’s idea of success. What’s the point of being wealthy if the air you breathe is polluted? This movement is good because we are changing our perceptions about what it means to live a good life. At the same time, we are learning about how to live such a life thanks to the internet. If you’re one of those who are struggling with change, here are tips to help you live a more eco-friendly life. 

Buy Only What You Need, and Buy Quality

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The next time you go shopping for items in your home, consider its lifetime value. Sure, there may be cheap options on the market but are they good quality? You may be saving money but in a few months or years, you’ll be replacing that item with another one. This is not only an added cost but it’s also more trash to the landfill.

Quality items are going to cost more. For example, a mattress for better sleep is going to cost a few hundred dollars more but it’s worth it an investment because it’s going to last you for decades. If you’re thrift savvy, you can even buy good quality items for a fraction of a price. This includes wood furniture, books, toys, kitchen tools, hardware tools, high-quality garments and more.

Use What You Have

This social media-driven world has people buying new items every new season. The dopamine hit you get from shopping may feel good but it’s not good for the overflowing landfills, and your pocket. For a sustainable lifestyle, you need to quit buying stuff you don’t need. For example, you may be tempted to buy those really trendy eco bamboo dining sets, eco-bags, and water bottles. But if you already have those items in your home, why bother? 

It can be so easy to fall into trends. Even eco-friendly products are becoming a trend. So beware of these traps. The next time you think of buying something, check to see if you already have it. If you don’t, ask yourself again whether you really need it. If the answer is no, don’t bother.

Buy Local

Most of the items you find in your grocery store are probably flown from the other side of the world. Sounds exotic, but not exactly eco-friendly! Buy buying local, you not only help the environment, but you are also supporting your local economy. It’s a plus that local produce is fresher and tastes better

Plan Your Meals

Food is one of the largest produced waste in the world. You can lessen your impact by doing something as simple as planning your meals. By thinking of what you’re going to eat ahead of time, you make healthier food choices and buy items from the grocery that you need. 

To get started, look into your fridge first and see what you have. Remember, you don’t want anything to go to waste so plan your meals around items that are already in your pantry. Once you’ve taken inventory, write down the meals you’re going to make, list what you need and limit yourself to only buying the items on the list.

 

Borrow From Friends

Because most consumer products come so cheap, we have developed the habit of buying instantly instead of borrowing. If you need something that you will only use for a limited time, consider borrowing from a friend or neighbor. You save money and it makes for a great excuse to interact with your community. Our ancestors thrived on relying and helping each other. It’s about time we bring that practice back.

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We hope these tips will help ease your transition into a more eco-friendly lifestyle. What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

 

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5 New Ways to Make Eco-Friendly Easier to Transition