By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
We all want to live eco-friendly and help make our little planet happy, but it can be easier said than done. When you’re tearing your hair out about how to sort your recycling or trying to take 3-minute showers, going green can seem impossible. Fortunately, living sustainably doesn’t have to be hard. With these easy-to-implement tips, you’ll be eco-friendly in no time flat – and even saving money while you’re at it!
Bring Your Own Bag
Whether you’re shopping for a new outfit or just groceries for the week, be sure to bring along a reusable bag. You’ll cut down on plastic bag pollution, plus you’ll be sure to catch the eye of that cute teller – after all, who doesn’t swipe right for eco-friendly? If you do end up with plastic or paper bags after purchases, repurpose them as garbage bags – you’ll save money AND give them a longer life! And hey, just between you and me, if you turn your paper bags inside out, they make cute (and way affordable) wrapping paper.
Before You Toss It, Reuse It!
Before you throw anything out, think about whether you can give it a second life. Plastic sandwich baggies can be rinsed out and reused and glass jars can become impromptu coffee mugs, salad jars or containers for foods from the bulk goods section. Just have the cashier weigh your jar before you fill it up with your favorite bulk goodies.
You can also make your recyclables into Pinterest-worthy craft projects like this adorable cat planter. Trust me – you’ll look like you’ve decorated your apartment exclusively from Etsy and Anthropologie without emptying your bank account. If you’re cleaning out your closet, there are easy ways to repurpose clothing you’re no longer wearing – sell it at a resale shop like Buffalo Exchange!
Put Your Money Where Your Values Are
Help make the whole world a more eco-friendly place by supporting businesses with environmentally sustainable practices. When considering a purchase, check the company’s website first. Most businesses will talk about their commitment to sustainability in their “About” or “Corporate Responsibility” sections. Buffalo Exchange, for example, has a Giving Back page that provides info about charitable and environmental initiatives like its Tokens for Bags program, annual Earth Day $1 Sale and Coats for Cubs campaign. There are lots of great companies out there doing lots of good in the community – and you can be a part of that just by shopping with them!
Bring a Reusable Coffee Mug
If you’re as addicted to caffeine as I am, chances are you love to hit up your favorite coffee shop before work or school every morning. Instead of taking a paper cup every time, bring your Hydroflask. Cover it in adorable stickers to look extra cute while sipping your favorite morning beverage. If you like to get iced coffee or tea, say no to the straw.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but shopping secondhand is one of the easiest – not to mention most fun – ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle! To start, many secondhand shops like Buffalo Exchange buy, sell and trade locally. Because all of their inventory isn’t shipped across the country, this means fewer fossil fuel emissions and also clothing that’s unique to the neighborhood. Furthermore, purchasing resale rather than brand new means you’re giving clothing and accessories a well-deserved second life and keeping it out of landfills. At the same time, you’re cutting down on the demand for new clothing, which means less pollution and waste from the apparel industry. Good job, you!
So, before you go all Kermit on me and proclaim that it’s not easy being green, try incorporating one of these eco-friendly activities into your daily routine. You don’t have to overhaul your whole life to start living sustainably. In fact, it can be as simple as heading down to your local Buffalo Exchange rather than heading to the mall! Spend way less, help the planet way more and end up with a way cooler wardrobe? Yeah, I can go for that.