9 Easy Ways to Go Green This Earth Month (And Always)

Everyone knows that recycling and reusing are good for Mother Earth, but did you know that we have a huge trash problem? Here’s one example: Americans throw away enough recyclable aluminum every year to supply the entire auto industry!

Worldwide each year some 500 billion to 1 trillion (!) single-use plastic bags are consumed. Those are your grocery, shopping, and produce bags, primarily, that cannot be recycled. In the case of all those plastic bags, they could simply not be used in the first place.

Curious about what can and cannot be recycled, and how to do it? Read this.
 

 
 

Here Are 9 Easy Ways to Go Green and Save the Planet

Here’s the thing. You don’t have to go on a recycling crusade or start a movement to create change. Making a few small changes to go green could really make a difference in your life and for the planet collectively.
 

1. Get savvy with your electronics

Charge your smartphone or tablet in airplane mode so the battery charges quicker. Turn off your computer at night. Change your light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. Wash your laundry on cold instead of hot, and air dry what you can.

Do you need three lights on in your bedroom, or can you open a window and turn off two? Get into the habit of shutting off lights and other unnecessary electronics when you leave the room.
 

2. Invest in (or dig out of storage) a reusable water bottle

Find a quality water bottle and get in the habit of keeping it filled with your favorite beverage. Bring it everywhere so you don’t contribute to the massive waste of cans and plastic bottles. If you want to take this to the next level, bring your travel mug along to the coffee shop – many places even offer discounts for bringing your own mug!
 

3. Lace up your sneakers

Think about ditching the car and walk or ride your bike to work, yoga, or a friend’s house. The exercise will give you more energy throughout the day and it will mean one less car on the road that day. If that isn’t an option, you can also look into public transit (aka bus, light rail, train, etc.) or carpools available in your area.
 

4. Grow your own green

Plant a garden or window box with your favorite veggies and herbs. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, but gardening can help you spend more time outside and you’ll be able to use what you grow.

Also, try making your own compost bin! Coffee grounds make great fertilizer, too, so once you’re done with your morning joe, the grounds can go towards those veggies rather than the trash can.
 

 
 

5. Pay attention to what you buy at the grocery store

Are you buying products that have been processed and filled with sugar and wrapped up in a lot of packaging? Or are you focusing on the fresh produce, meat, fish, and fresh-baked products? Ready for the next level of green? Check out your local farmer’s market.

Don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags, too!
 

6. Go meatless

Whether that’s once a day, once a week, or a full lifestyle change, consider reducing the amount of meat you consume. Every pound of meat harvested takes thousands of pounds of water (plus emissions) to produce. And while going veggie for one day a week might not seem like a big deal, some say it can have as much impact as driving a hybrid car!
 

7. Donate and recycle

Do your spring cleaning (whatever time of the year you like to do it). Donate clothes you don’t wear anymore and books you aren’t going to read or reread. Recycle those old magazines and get in a habit of recycling what you can from your garbage on a regular basis. Most cities make it easy (and free) to recycle, and it’s a responsible alternative to sending all your trash to the dump.
 

8. Consciously consume eco-friendly products

As a conscious consumer, we vote with our dollars. That means anything we buy we are supporting, which is why it’s so important to support businesses and products that are eco-friendly and sustainable. From your clothing to your beauty products, household items to where you practice yoga, you can do your part to save the planet by supporting eco-friendly brands.

Psst! Did you know that YouAligned Classes plants trees in partnership with Trees for the Future? Learn more about how we’re doing our part here!

Recommended read: Calling Conscious Consumers! 11 Sustainable Businesses to Support
 

9. Be aware of how you interact with the world

What are you using and what are you wasting? What can you use less of and what can you switch out for environmentally friendly products? Every little bit helps.
 
 

Go Green! Everyone Can Do Their Part to Help Save the Planet

If everyone does a little bit (and every little bit counts) we will start cleaning up the world we all live in and depend on. Making a few small changes can lead to some truly great things.

The Earth isn’t ours to use up, but rather to care for and preserve. Let’s start showing Mother Earth the love and respect she deserves!

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Ashley Stern

A Wisconsinite at heart, Ashley is currently a student working on her masters in creative writing in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s a writer, a reader, traveler, a nerd, and a lover of life. Ashley is new to yoga and developing her practice from her student flat. She drinks a lot of tea and even more coffee. She’s a dog person, wears lots of purple, and believes in Laini Taylor’s wise words, “Cake as a way of life.”

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