disclosure: This post is sponsored by Greenworks.
Making a difference starts with one.
One small step.
One simple act.
And together? All of those small steps work together to bring about GIANT change for the next generation.
I am so excited and honored to be part of the Greenworks team. It’s an amazing company that’s all about creating a sustainable environment with battery-powered outdoor equipment. As part of their sponsorship of Earth Day, they’ve launched “50 Acts of Greenworks”. It’s a list of 50 acts that are meant to contribute to a cleaner more sustainable earth.
You can see more about it with this video here.
And so I thought I’d compile my own list. A list of things that my family and I are committing to this next year. Nothing overwhelming. No giant changes.
Just simple. Easy. Small.
Changes that we can all make to make a difference.
1. Combine errands. Go to Hobby Lobby, Walmart and Trader Joe’s all in one trip.
2. Shop online. This is my favorite new hobby. I wrote a post with some simple tips to make shopping online easier.
3. Take your food home. If you have extra food on your plate at the restaurant? Don’t throw it away. Let it live an amazing life at your house.
4. Choose a smaller plate. If you are dining out–especially if you are eating at a buffet–use a smaller plate to reduce the amount of food you put on it.
5. Walk away from plastic. On your next drive-through trip, tell them you don’t want the plastic silverware. You have much cuter silverware at home.
6. Shop at the Farmer’s Market. Here in McKinney, we have an amazing Farmer’s Market. Shop local. Help local farmers and get fresher produce.
7. Shop at thrift stores. I was doing this way before I knew it helped save the planet. You are recycling every time you shop.
8. Bring your own bag. Avoid plastic bags at big box stores. Bring your own instead.
9. Walk away from water bottles. Use your own reusable water bottle instead.
10. Use non-toxic cleaning products. There are some amazing non-toxic cleaning products on the market that are so much better for the environment.
11. Don’t over rinse your dishes. Save a little water and let your dishwasher do the work.
12. Use lightbulbs that are energy efficient. This saves on your electricity bill, too.
13. Turn off lights and computers when you aren’t using them.
14. Take one less napkin. Next time you go to a restaurant choose just one less. I’m always taking more napkins than I need.
15. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. This saves on your water bill, too.
16. Use cruise control. When you are driving, cruise control can save you gas and money, too.
17. Recycle your cell phone. This is one of the most overlooked things to recycle.
18. Reduce your junk mail. There are places you can sign up to get less junk mail (and who wants all that junk mail anyway).
19. Walk away from a coffee stirrer. Spoons are better and so much more eco-friendly.
20. Purchase your tickets online. Use your phone for your ticket instead of printing a paper one.
21. Cancel paper bills. Keep your records and your payments online.
22. Use rechargeable batteries. Simply recharging your batteries instead of throwing them away makes such a difference.
23. Buy cold water detergent. Save money and energy with your laundry.
24. Keep your travel mug handy. Fill up your coffee in a travel mug instead of using paper cups.
25. Use the revolving door. It’s more energy efficient. Who knew?
I know these might seem simple.
But truly? It’s the simple that will change the world.
I want to leave this world a better place when I leave—especially for my children.
I have to go thrift store shopping. I’m changing the world…
…one shopping trip at a time. 🙂
disclosure: this post is sponsored by Greenworks.
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