I made a gradual transition to veganism for health and ethical reasons. I hope my articles help others trying to make the transition.
1. Use Reusable Produce Bags
We all know that taking a reusable grocery bag with you to the store is better than using plastic bags, but what about the plastic packaging encasing the products that you buy? Living an eco friendly lifestyle means using less plastic.
Avoid packaged fruits and vegetables and put your loose produce in reusable mesh produce bags instead. This will save on so much unnecessary plastic packaging, and you can use them for fruits and vegetables as well as loose items from bulk bins such as lentils, nuts, dried fruit, rice, and beans. I love my Brotrade reusable mesh produce bags because they are good quality, easy to wash, and come in a few different sizes.
2. Have a Meatless Monday
Did you know that raising livestock is terrible for the environment? Eating less meat is more environmentally friendly. Cutting down on your meat consumption just once a week could make a big difference in greenhouse gas emissions. It's easy to add a few meatless meals into your weekly meal plan. It could be as simple as pasta with tomato sauce or a veggie stir fry, or you could get more creative and cook up a storm.
3. Use a Menstrual Cup
This eco friendly idea is obviously for people who have periods. Tampons and pads contribute to landfill, and there is a zero waste alternative which is also way cheaper. It takes a few cycles to get used to it, but it is honestly the best change I ever made. I pair my menstrual cup with washable pads. I love the Heart Felt pads because they are cute and comfy, and wash really well. I recommend getting two packs of five if you have a heavier flow. Some people try out a few different menstrual cups before finding one they like, but the small Blossom cup worked great for me right off the bat and is still going strong a year later.
4. Switch to Washable Cleaning Wipes
Did you know that disposable cleaning wipes, wet wipes, and baby wipes aren't biodegradable? They mostly go to landfills, end up in the ocean or, if you flush them, clog sewers. Not very environmentally friendly, right? It's such an easy change to use a washable cloth paired with a cleaning spray.
5. Get a Green Electric Bill
You might not know that you can use eco friendly renewable energy to power your house—and all it takes is one simple phone call. People in the US can find out more from the Clean Choice Energy website. It costs a tiny bit more, but you'll be helping to save the planet!
6. Don't Buy Clothes You Don't Need
According to many sources, including this article from EcoWatch.com, fast fashion is a dangerous trend. The fashion industry is the second worst polluter in the world. Think twice before you buy, and check out secondhand clothing stores if you fancy a change of wardrobe. Being environmentally aware means being aware of what you wear! (Catchy, right?)
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 21, 2017:
I hope most people know these... and use them.
#1 I have used my re-useable grocery bags for 5 or 6 years...I might think of making my own produce bags, but I do sometimes reuse those small plastic ones... and then send them to the recycle bin.
#2. We eat less meat than we used to.
#3 and 4-- don't need those products. Used cloth diapers in the past.
#5 use less electricity now with woodstove and awareness.
#6- Live a long way from places that sell clothes, so buy them only on a "need" basis.
Overall-- good advice for those who don't live a rural lifestyle.