If you are trying to “go green” and practice more eco-friendly methods at home, then this should be no different when you are out and about. You could be taking part in everyday activities that until now, you never even thought twice about. However, being environmentally friendly is all about being more conscientious, so these few easy tricks and tips will help you be more mindful and stay green on the go!
1.) Switch To Cloth Bags
Switching from plastic disposable grocery bags to cloth reusable bags when you shop is an easy way to be more eco-friendly on the go.
2.) Forego The Car Ride
If you are close enough to the destination you are going to, then instead of getting in your car and driving there, why not ride your bike or walk? Its better for the environment, and better for your health.
3.) Drive More Eco-Friendly
If you do have to drive your car, there are a few methods you can take to drive in a more eco-friendly manner. Try the following:
- Stay within the speed limit
- Ride share
- Combine all of your errands into one trip.
- Check your tire pressure. Correct tire pressure is important because if you have under-inflated tires, it can create more resistance making your car’s engine work harder, thus causing more carbon dioxide emission and use of more fuel.
- If you are going to be stopping for more than one minute when at a drive-thru, loading up the car, or picking up a friend, turn off the engine.
- Before turning off your car, turn off all power hungry things like the radio or air conditioning.
4.) Shop & Eat Local
Supporting your local food market or farmer’s market can also help the environment, and is usually healthier too! Eating at restaurants that are local and use food derived less than 100 miles away is equally important.
5.) Shop Secondhand & Donate To Your Local Thrift Store
Donating to–and shopping at your local thrift store is a great way to save money, and the earth’s resources. You’ll be recycling usable items and supporting your local economy at the same time.
6.) Invest In A Reusable Water Bottle
If you are the type of person that always have to have a drink with them when they go out, or you always end up buying a disposable bottle of water, you might consider investing in a reusable water bottle and taking it with you wherever you go.
7.) Switch To “Fair Trade” Coffee
Whether you are out shopping for coffee or just stopping at a coffee shop for a nice cup of joe, try switching to fair trade coffee. Invest in a thermos, mug, or coffee tumbler to take with you. Not only will this save you from using disposable coffee cups and sleeves, it could also save you money because many coffee places will offer a discount for those customers who bring in their own cup.
8.) Shop At Eco-Friendly Retailers
You might have to do a bit of research to find out which retailers are eco-friendly, but there are a few of them out there. The following retailers are just a few that sell eco-friendly products and/or have green operations:
- The Green Depot
- American Apparel
9.) Shop For All Natural, Vegan, Cruelty Free Products
When it comes to shopping, looking for products that are all natural, and are free of harmful chemicals, dyes, additives, preservatives, etc. is better. Products that are vegan and cruelty free are more sustainable and also usually a lot better for your health. When shopping for pillows, comforters, and winter coats, try to find down alternatives. When it comes to clothing, pet toys, and other items try to avoid wool, cashmere, and other clothing with animal products in them. Shopping dairy free and egg free and finding products that were not tested on animals is also ideal, as they are better for the environment.
10.) Shop Energy Efficient
When you are shopping for new light bulbs, appliances, or other items, be sure to read the label. Be on the lookout for the Energy Star label. These products are more energy efficient and more environmentally sustainable. They will also save you money in the long run, since energy efficient items tend to be more cost efficient to use.