Wash and reuse plastic bags and Ziplocs as many times as they can hold up. A better alternative is BPA free plastic or glass containers and bee’s wax wraps. I use Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack, Eco Friendly Reusable Food Wraps, from MOM’s or Amazon.
Bring your own to the stores! I use MIUVA 15 piece Reusable Produce Bags from Amazon. Similar can be found at Whole Foods or MOM’s.
Green Earth Compostable Biodegradable Trash Bags, 50-Count, 13 Gallon, from Amazon.
Coffee to go
Bring your own. If not, skip the lid (unless you are driving!) and stirrer.
Say no thank you to straws in restaurants. At home I use Reusable Silicone Straws from Seraphina’s Kitchen, at Amazon or Mom’s.
Carry out cutlery
Carry your own with you. I like Bamboo Utensils from NUMARDA, at Amazon.
Bring your own BPA free plastic or steel bottle and have a filter at home. I use a Brita Water Filter Pitcher.
Meat and Dairy
The meat and dairy industry is one of the greatest polluters on our planet, and it inflicts great suffering for the animals.
If you don’t want to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet, consider only eating meat and dairy occasionally.
There are so many good and easily available substitutes. Gardein has a great selection of meat substitutes and I like Follow your Heart cheese substitutes. And Cado Avocado Frozen Dessert is my absolute favorite chocolate ice cream, and SoDelicious makes a lot of great flavors.
Vegan or vegetarian cooking can seem daunting before you get into it. But there are so many good cookbooks, blogs and cooking magazines out there. “Isa Does It” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is one of my favorites.
As a result of conventional farming, harmful pesticides and hormones get into our bodies and into our environment. Buy organic when you can. As it can be expensive, check the Dirty Dozen list and Clean list at wwwproduceretalier.com to see which produce are safest to buy organic, and which are ok to get non organic.
Water and electricity
Save as much as you can by taking short showers and turning off lights when you are not in the room.
Walk, bike and take public transportation whenever you can. And when you fly plant trees to offset you carbon footprint. http://www.trees.org
The fashion industry is another of the major polluting industries in the world. I find most of my clothes in Vintage and Second Hand Boutiques as well as on Ebay and Etsy. It’s also a good idea to buy fewer clothes and shoes but of good quality so that the last longer. Don’t buy fur and coats with fur trims. If you buy a down jacket avoid down from live plucked birds. Several big brands have Responsible Down Standard (RDS), North Face and Colombia are two of them. For other brands check: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/9-ways-get-your-fluff-ethically-sourced-down
I once heard Christina Mittermeier, a wild life photographer at the National Geographic Society, talk about this concept. To be content with what you have. To not always wanting something new, the latest model.This is a good one to practice! Over consumption is just not working for our planet.