Choose cloth napkins instead of paper towels.
Using cloth napkins instead of paper ones at dinner (or for any meal) is not only an easy way to elevate an at-home dining experience — something most of us may be looking to do right now — but also a simple step toward living more sustainably. Not to mention, cloth napkins almost always look more sophisticated than paper ones, no matter how intricate their designs may be. - NY Mag, The Strategist
There are a variety of ways to shop sustainably. Whether you choose to buy clothing secondhand, buy locally or use tote bags for grocery shopping it is important to be a conscious consumer.
Here is an incredible article that discusses ways to we can all shop more sustainably. https://www.earthday.org/toolkit-how-to-shop-for-your-clothes/
Walk or bike
Choosing to walk or bike as transportation creates less air pollution and helps protect plants, animals and the environment as a whole.
It creates less noise, less air pollution, and results in fewer emissions that are warming the atmosphere. We can help to protect our green spaces by showing its importance to communities, and to plant and wildlife.
Less noise from vehicles and idle traffic helps local wildlife to stay and thrive. Choosing more active ways to travel like walking and cycling has important benefits for us as individuals. Staying active is good for our physical health. It also helps to boost our mood and can even save us money. - "How does walking and cycling help to protect the environment?"
Conserve energy when you aren't using it (ie: bathroom lights etc..)
This is a simple one that we can all practice daily. At PRESS, when a massage room isn't being used we always make sure to unplug and turn off everything.
UNPLUG — One important trick that can save you energy is not only to turn off appliances you aren’t using, but to unplug them as well. The connectivity to power devices that are off is minor, but in time, it adds up. Think about it — cell phone chargers, kitchen appliances, radios, even lamps and your TV can be unplugged to save electricity when they’re not in use. Most home electronic devices consume energy when they’re not in use and that can add up to 15% of your electricity bill. So even though it seems small, unplugging does help. - Conserve Energy: It's as Easy as Flipping a Switch Think Energy
There are an abundant ways to be more environmentally friendly and hope this article inspired you to continue to live as a conscious consumer.
"The Earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Berry, novelist
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