It takes 21 days to establish a new habit, longer if you include activities you don’t perform on a regular basis. If you find yourself inspired to green your life, but aren’t sure where to begin—start small. If you try to make too many changes at once, they may not stick. Instead, adopt one or two at a time and add an additional green change every time a new habit is developed. Here are some easy places to begin:
- Invest in quality, washable, grocery totes and shopping bags—and keep them in your trunk for easy access. Even keep a small one in your purse.
- Consider buying more items in bulk, which will reduce packaging waste. This may require an investment in a Sam’s Club or Costco membership.
- As new electronic, computer, electronic-drawing purchases need to be made—purchase Energy Star products.
- Invest in easy at-home solar products, such as electronics chargers that ensure your phone and laptop never run out.
- Look for ways to reduce your weekly mileage. This includes carpooling, taking public transportation one day a week, or even strategically planning your errands.
- Consider if you can recycle or upcycle everything your throw away. This goes beyond paper, plastic, and glass—to tennis shoes, batteries, toner cartridges, and even broken or dated furniture and electronics.
- Go as paperless as possible with your monthly bills and bank statements.
- Double print on the backside of paper, or use the backside for scratch paper—just make sure you only repurpose paper that does not contain sensitive information.
- Add at least 1 plant to every room in your home.
- Make the switch to green cleaning, home fragrance, and bath and body products.
As you can see there are several easy places you can begin to green your life!