I wanted to write a post today to address something that I think a lot of people struggle with. Many people I know, seem to get overwhelmed at the thought of changing their lives to be more eco-conscious. What ends up happening is that they get inspired to make a change, then they start researching ways to do it, but just end up doing nothing because it was all so daunting. So today I offer a suggestion: take one small step at a time. Do not try to do a complete overhaul of your home, beauty routine, cleaning products, recycling habits, food you consume, baby products, etc!! (ugh, I got overwhelmed just writing that). Pick one thing. Literally just one, it doesn’t matter how small it is. Just make sure that it is one that you feel you could do without a whole lot of compromise. That way it will feel easy and good, and inspire you to make more changes.
That’s how it starts. You make one small change and then once it becomes routine for you, you can add another small change. Before you know it you will have made multiple changes to your lifestyle and a huge impact on the environment. I promise you it works. When Glenn and I first started living together, over 5 years ago, we weren’t the best in terms of being conscientious of our impact on the environment. It took time. I think the first small change we made was to start recycling everything that was recyclable. Then I think we moved on to eliminating the purchase of bottled water. So it took us five or so years to get where we are today (and we still have a ways to go), but it’s not about how many things we are doing now, it’s that we are aware of our impact and are constantly making small changes towards doing things better.
The key is to make changes that you are comfortable with. It may feel small to you, but believe me, if everyone did one small thing, it would make a giant impact on our environment. We are in charge of the destiny of this planet we live on, and it is our duty to do our best to keep it clean and healthy so that our kids and our kid’s kids can enjoy it as much as we have. So I have a challenge for you. Pick one small thing that you can start implementing today. Only one! It could be that you are gonna start buying non toxic cleaning products, or that you are going to start using tupperware instead of ziplocks. What ever it is, there is never a better time to start than right now. It will feel SO good and you’ll be amazed at how quickly it will evolve into more and more positive changes.
I know you can do it, and I want to hear about it! Leave me a comment and let me know what your one small change is that you are going to start today.
For some ideas on small changes you can make, see the list below:
-Buy your own reusable bags for groceries.
– Replace your conventional cleaning products for non toxic brands. (They are better for your body and the environment!)
– Make sure to recycle everything you throw out that is recyclable, and teach your kids what those things are.
– Send your kids to school, or yourself and husband to work, with lunches using reusable tupperware instead of ziplock bags. Then just bring them home at the end of the day, wash and reuse. I prefer glass tupperware which you can find here http://amzn.to/XW2Kge.
– Instead of buying bottled water, invest in an under the sink water filter and make your own! You can buy your family reusable stainless steel, glass or bpa free plastic bottles. I believe it ends up being more cost-effective in the end as well.
– Don’t leave the water running while you and/or your kids brush your teeth. (I really hope none of you still do that)
– Buy organic food as much as possible. This will not only help prevent your family from ingesting toxic chemicals and pesticides, but it will support organic farmers who are not poisoning the soil with these toxic chemicals.
– Buy biodegradable trash bags. They sell them at Whole Foods and other health food stores. I have to admit they are not as strong as normal ones, but for the impact on the environment it is worth it. (Tip: For bigger jobs keep one box of regular plastic garbage bags under the sink.)
– When you order dinner in, tell the restaurant that you DO NOT need utensils. Use your own silverware. Remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?? Reduce is the first step, and this is an example of how to reduce.
– Plant an organic garden in your back yard.
This list is just the beginning!