If you care about the environment, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is probably something that interests you. After all, the planet only has so many resources. But where to start? We've got you covered: Here are 5 easy ways to live less wastefully and more consciously.
Invest in a reusable water bottle
Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world. That convenience has led Americans to consume 29 billion water bottles a year. Sadly, for every six water bottles used, only one makes it to the recycling bin. The rest head to landfills, or worse, end up as trash on land, oceans, lakes and rivers. To prevent this plastic waste, try to drink water from glass cups, or reusable water bottles (preferably made from stainless steel) more often.
Even if you're the sort of person who eats everything on the plate, you're bound to be left with a few food scraps. These consist of potato skins, eggs shells, nut shells, and inedible ends of fruits and vegetables. Instead of dumping them out and sending them to a landfill (where they'll just emit methane gases), start composting them. If you have a small home, consider getting a compost pail that can sit on your counter. When the week is up, look to see if there's a local compost drop-off center you can take your food scraps. Farmers markets usually accepts food scraps.
Recycle less (reuse more)
A recent study found that humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste. Of that, only 9 percent was actually recycled. Recycling clearly isn't helping (or even being done properly), so it's time to focus on creating a more circular economy. Buy more reusable items made from glass, stainless steel, and sustainably harvested wood (or bamboo). These items are naturally more durable, aren't single use, and can be reused regularly.
Support green beauty brands (like Plant Makeup)
There are a lot of brands that still use potentially dangerous synthetics in their products. Creating these synthetics takes time and resources which eventually leads to pollution. Also, most beauty products, both green and conventional, are still being packaged in plastic. Usually these items are dumped into the trash when emptied or expired. Thankfully, here at Plant Makeup we use eco-friendly packaging with our products. Most of our products are packaged in glass, tins, or compostable tubes.
Written by our guest contributor Ariana Palmieri
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with eco-friendly products, makeup, and the environment. The site features beauty product reviews, natural DIYs, healthy recipes, and more.