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Small actions can create BIG changes — especially when it comes to helping the environment! A few years ago, Illinois made an effort to go green by providing all residential homes with recycling bins. It’s not only made recycling easier but it’s also made it super fun! We keep little bins throughout our house for all our recyclables and try to see who can fill their bin the fastest (who doesn’t love a little healthy competition?!) If I’ve learned anything these past few years it that’s being green can be easy as 1, 2, 3! Here are seven simple ways to incorporate more Earth-friendly practices into your everyday life (spoiler alert: you can do most of them from the comfort of home!):
1) Eat Less Meat. Did you know that going meatless just once a week can help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel? Lately, I’ve made it my mission to add more Veggie Cuisines to my diet. At the moment, I am in love with MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls, especially with their Chik’n Pot Pie Veggie Bowl.
Whenever I’m out shopping at Jewel, I always make sure to pick up a few Chik’n Pot Pie Veggie Bowls for the week!
I love that MorningStar Farms Veggie Bowls aren’t just for vegetarians—they are for everyone. The Chik’n Strips are 100% vegan chik’n strips that are lightly seasoned and offer 23g of protein at 150 calories (talk about delicious and nutritious!).
2) Use Recyclable Bags.I love that recyclable bags allow you to express your personality while also being green! I switch out my recyclable bags often but right now my go-to is my purple princess bag (it’s so adorable!). I use it every time I make a quick run to Jewel!
3) Recycle and Reuse. Do you have a bunch of old, torn-up shirts (that you probably don’t even fit anymore) laying around? Don’t throw them out, turn them into cleaning rags!
4) Turn Off The Water When Brushing. You’ll conserve up to five gallons per day if you simply turn the faucet off while you’re brushing your teeth!
5) Take Shorter Showers. Did you know that by shaving two minutes off your shower time, you can conserve more than ten gallons of water? Crazy right!
6) Turn Your Computer Completely Off At Night.
I’ll admit it, I used to be one of those people who left their computer on at all times (I didn’t see the harm in it). Computers require electricity to run, so shutting down, sleeping, or hibernating your computer when you’re not using it conserves energy. It’s the small stuff that counts!
7) Pay Your Bills Online. Speaking of computer usage, paying your bills online helps to cut down on the use of paper (it also helps you save money by eliminating the need for stamps, checks and envelopes!).
You see, being green CAN be easy as 1, 2, 3! How do you incorporate Earth-friendly practices into your life? Be sure to visit MorningStar for more great tips!