I feel as though we’ve been making some amazing little changes in our home lately and I thought it would be fun to share 11 of them with you today!! These are little things that I have started doing regularly that not only make me feel good but that also help our the environment and our local community as well!
These are little changes that I’ve been toying around with for a while and finally just felt confident enough to share them with everyone! It takes time to make the changes but once you do you feel SO good about it!
Let’s dig right in!!
1. Bring My Own Bags Grocery Shopping
I started “attempting” to bring my own reusable bags to grocery stores and markets years ago … but I failed so many times. I’m happy to say as of about 4 months ago I’m doing good! I’d say I have a good 80% success rate at remembering and always feel SO proud of myself when I put my own bags up at the till lol … who’s with me?!?! If I happen to forget my bags I opt for paper bags and use them in our little compost (more about this in a bit!)!!
2. No More Plastic Produce Bags
I stopped using the little plastic bags for veggies and fruit in the produce section, you have to wash it anyway and there’s really no point in using these. Plus, there are cute little Market Bags out now which come in so handy, not only are they cute but they’re reusable too!!
3. Use Compostable & Biodegradable Bags
Not only have I started buying compostable and/or biodegradable garbage AND Ziploc bags but I have officially started WASHING my Ziploc bags too!! Yup … that happened. LOL!! Next up I want to try that “wax” paper instead of cellophane … anyone tried it yet??
4. Reducing Bottled Water
I use my big Starbucks cup for water and take it with me everywhere I go!! I’m trying my best to reduce the number of water bottles I go through on the daily, even on set! We also have a no water bottle rule when filming big projects at the house. Production has to bring their own reusable bottles, I’m such a badass! LOL …
Yes!!! We have finally started composting!! We have a countertop composter and have started putting our scraps in here which will then eventually make its way out into our garden!! The goal is to put as little into the garbage as possible and also reintroduce nutrients into the soil!
6. Dryer Balls
I’ve just recently started using Saje’s dryer ball and essential oil set in replace of dryer sheets! They’re better for the environment and totally reusable!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sweet sheets scent more than any sheet of downy so its a triple win!
7. Being Mindful of Single-Use Plastic
I’m trying my very best with this one but when I can I will eliminate single-use plastics … however, I still use balloons for Leo’s birthday’s so I know I’m being a bit of a hypocrite here but it’s a work in progress!! But I find myself thinking twice when buying something … looking at the bottom to see if it’s recyclable or asking myself if there is a “package” free version I can get! I even brought my own bread bag to the market (because bread does stay more fresh in plastic) but I saved the bag from my last loaf of bread and brought it with me to save on that extra bag!
8. Buying Local
I have been going to the local markets SO MUCH this summer and I’m absolutely loving it!!!! It feels so good to know where your produce is coming from and also knowing that you’re helping a local business. In fact, the other day I was in the grocery store and I asked the produce gal where the potatoes from Canada were and she said they didn’t have any … I thought that was CRAZY since it’s the dead of summer here in the Okanagan, so I left without buying any and decided to wait until I went to the market!!
I try to make it to our market at least once a week for local produce!! Buying local is SO IMPORTANT as it doesn’t have any travel time, it doesn’t have to come here on boats and cuts down on the environmental harm!! Check your produce sticker when you buy and see if you can find “local” alternatives … other than items like bananas, pineapple, and kiwi you should be able to get your hands on most local produce you need during the summer!
9. We Have Our Own Garden
We planted our very first garden this year and we are so obsessed with it!! It’s been such a cool activity to do with Leo and while we planted it late in the season it’s still doing pretty darn good!! We’ve had an issue with aphids so our crop isn’t as fruitful as I imagined but its a great learning lesson and when we DO get a juicy tomato or radish you can bet we appreciate every last bite!
10. Continuing to Reduce Our Animal Consumption
While we aren’t fully vegan, we are still trying our very best to continue to reduce our amount of animal consumption. It’s been a work in progress over the last few years but I would say we are still about 90% plant-based. We decided to go more plant-based for a few reasons, we opened our eyes to animal cruelty that happens in most/many factory farms … we have been more conscious about where our food comes from and lastly, eating meat is actually bad for the environment. Check out a few eye-opening stats on this, here!!
11. Used Over New!
I haven’t COMPLETELY mastered this one yet but we’ve been starting to love used stuff way more especially with toys and clothing for Leo (and baby #2!). The next best option is also shopping locally … and being mindful of what his clothing (and our clothing!) is made from and where it was made!! A classic example, Leo got TONS of wonderful very thoughtful new gifts for his birthday which of course he loves … but his favourite of all? A set of old hand me down HotWheels from our old neighbors. I love that this missed the landfill and went back into little Leo’s hands … I also love that this meant no packaging to throw out from this gift!
There you have it!! I hope some of these have inspired you to make little changes in your day to day lifestyle. Also, don’t forget to comment below and share some of your little changes with us!!