Being "Green" doesn't have to be hard. As a matter of fact, choosing more environmentally friendly alternatives will often make your life easier, and help you save money!
1. Skip The Sink
Studies have shown dishwashers use half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap than hand-washing dishes. According to the EPA, completely replacing hand washing dishes can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. On top of the environmental benefits, you can just sit back and relax while the dish washer is running. Also, who would want dry skin from constantly washing dishes?
2. Put Down The Blow Dryer
Reducing drying time by just 5 minutes a day saves almost 45 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. What's even better is that you are saving the environment and your hair at the same time! High heat can damage the cells in your hair’s cuticle, causing strands to snap and break so your hair loses its luster. You'll never know what kind of compliments you'll get rocking your nature hair if you never try!
3. Download The Seafood Watch App
Seafood is a healthy and delicious alternative to meat or poultry. However, many traditionally abundant fish populations have become endangered or threatened due to overfishing. The Seafood Watch app tells you which fish are plentiful and which are on the brink of extinction. This app will help you be more mindful of the other ecosystems we coexist with and allow you to eat your favorite seafood guilt free. It also contains a handy sushi guide to help you make safer raw-fish decisions in a snap.
4. Flaunt Your Reusable Bags
Americans use over 100 billion plastic bags each year! Which is around 350 per person. Manufacturing plastic bags causes a lot of atmospheric pollution and they are extremely dangerous for wildlife. A single plastic bag will take over 1,000 years to degrade, which means that it will occupy a lot of landfill space and keep floating in the ocean until a creature accidentally tries to eat it. Currently, they are accountable for killing over 100,000 sea turtle annually, many which are already endangered. Reusable bags are not only more environmentally friendly, but they are actually more durable and will not rip and tear like plastic bags. They are also much easier to carry and can be a fashionable accessory.
5. Topless Beverages
Americans use over 1.5 billion plastic lids a year just for coffee consumption. Saying no to the lid for your beverages will help drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste we contribute. Also, if there's no lid there's no need for a straw! Straws are most often made out of plastic and also contribute to landfills and cO2 emissions. Sipping through straws also creates a pursing movement for your lips which increase your chances of getting wrinkles!
6. Say "No" To Receipts
Let's be honest, who actually looks at their receipts from the grocery store or the gas station? Those small pieces of paper are inconvenient to store and most of the time just end up in the trash can anyways. By saying no to receipts, more paper and trees will be saved. Which will decrease cO2 levels and make our air cleaner.
Mona, a #BikiniLuxeBabe is a student at the University of Miami. She loves all things related to nature and fitness. Follow her on Instagram @Mona_Schau