Hello, hello, and welcome back to the fourth and final piece in my series on sustainability! Throughout the writing of this series, I realised that there are a few different thoughts and suggestions of mine that didn’t fit into one particular theme or another, so I’ve decided to combine them into this post. These are all quite small and easy things that you can do, with very little expense and change to your existing life- if you are looking to start with small changes, this is the place!
Walk, Bike, Carpool
This is a difficult suggestion for me, but I’m trying my best! I live outside of the city and have to commute in for work- it’s not optional. However, I do try my hardest to walk places while I am in the city and carpool as much as possible! When I am going out somewhere with friends, I offer to pick people up and drop them off to limit the number of cars being used for one outing. I also try and group my outings so that I can reduce the number of trips I take into the city! I also plan on using public transportation the majority of the time in Seattle when I move there.
Using Paper Towels Correctly
Using a paper towel doesn’t seem like it would be a particularly challenging task, but all of us are wasting countless paper towels for no apparent reason because we aren’t taking a moment to think about it. Joe Smith’s short TedxTalk on properly using paper towels actually blew my mind. This is less than 5 minutes but will help you cut down immediately on the number of paper towels that you are using every time you dry your hands. I saw this approximately three months ago, and I actually have been able to completely dry my hands with a single paper towel every single time I’ve used one since. THE MAGIC OF SCIENCE IS SAVING US!
Reusable Shopping Bags
Duh, obviously these were going to show up. We all know that they are out there and have probably purchased one or ten ourselves. However, there is a huge difference between buying them and actually using them. I have started leaving them in my car, and sometimes even in my purse, so that I always have them on hand. Put them by your grocery list if you need to in order to remember them, but these can make a huge difference! Yes, a lot of stores have paper bags now and that is a great step forward, but reusable bags are an even better step. I like to buy tote bags when I travel, so when I get home I am reminded of wherever I went AND can limit the number of bags I use. (The only exception for me is when I buy meat, and I typically have them place it in a produce bag.)
I hope that you have enjoyed this series, it has been a lot of fun to write and research! It’s a good way to take a look at yourself and see what changes you can make for the environment and yourself. Please share these posts with anyone you think may be interested! Here are parts one (Food), two (the Home), and three (the Wardrobe)!
What green changes are you making in your life?