You could argue that Eco-Friendly living and an organized, clutter-free lifestyle go hand in hand.
In the end, one of the keys to being organized is being conscientious and caring about your surroundings. So why wouldn’t that extend to our environment as well?
We at Busy Life products believe that even the smallest changes in our daily routines can make a real impact.
So in that spirit, we bring you 5 simple actions that can make your everyday life greener.
1. Eco-Friendly Shopping
One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to search for greener alternatives to the products you already purchase on a regular basis.
From opting for the local farmer’s market to dressing in clothing made out of sustainable materials, these are little tweaks that can have a lasting impact.
Nowadays there are green-focused startups for most of the things we use, but few industries offer as varied alternatives as clothing.
The mindfulness site, Elephant Journal, mentions learning about the footprint of your favorite brands by tapping into resources like bcorporation.net.
You can look in there for retailers that use up-cycled fabric content, natural dye techniques, organic fibers and also incorporate fair trade practices to their business models.
There’s also this list of 11 Eco-Friendly online fashion stores that (if you’re in the U.S.) can set you up with greener fashion right to your very doorstep.
What About The Bags?
Of course, the product you choose to bring home with you is not the only item that could be greener. You could also be Eco-Friendly with your choice of bags.
Search for retailers that offer Eco-Friendly and biodegradable bags.
And don't forget... when shopping for groceries you can always check out our very own Reusable Grocery Bag Set.
They are extremely durable, machine washable and come with a bonus zippered pouch so you’ll make sure you never opt for those polluting plastic bags ever again... regardless of where you shop.
2. Declutter And Donate
Whenever we think about decluttering, we focus on the benefits of having a clutter-free space where our mind (and OCD) can feel at ease.
But sometimes we don’t think about the next destination of those items we discard.
When purging up a place, it’s important to think about how the impact to the environment can be minimized. A lot of things made out of plastic or certain fabrics can be simply thrown in the appropriate recycle bin.
For electronic equipment that has been rendered obsolete, be sure to check out which options are available for recycling electronics in your area.
In the U.S., for example, the EPA’s site offers a comprehensive list of options for donation or recycling.
Speaking of donation, another great example of Eco-Friendly decluttering is simply giving away some things to those in need.
Here’s a brief article with 5 charities that can help you pass on unlikely things like bicycles or even camping gear.
3. Cook More At Home And Reduce Food Waste
We all love to eat out, and there are a wide variety of Eco-Friendly options in the restaurant business as well.
But another very simple way of living a greener lifestyle is simply cooking more at home and being conscious about what you do it your food.
Cooking at home translates to reduced waste from packaging and less bigger-than-your-stomach portions at restaurants that end up in the waste basket.
You can also make sure you use more Eco-Friendly ingredients yourself, like organic olive or coconut oil instead of a can of cooking oil spray.
4. Tend To Your Garden
Extremely aligned with the previous point is having a well-kept garden where you can grow your own food.
The benefits here are huge. It doesn’t matter if you live in the suburbs and have a wide yard in the back or just a patch of grass (or even concrete) in a city department.
You can always make room for a kitchen-garden, no matter how small, and grow your own vegetables or herbs. It can also be a fun activity to do with the kids!
This, of course, ensures that you get pesticide-free ingredients in your home-cooked meals and also reduces your carbon footprint in those purchases... since you’re no longer paying for transportation and storage costs.
Having a garden is also good for preserving the wildlife in your environment. This little post on garden management from RightMove offers sound advice on promoting wildlife through a well-designed backyard.
For example, you can plant flowers that are high in nectar and this will help the bees in your community thrive. You can also add a bird feeder and enjoy the singing of your feathery neighbors.
Plus, you’ll also get the mental benefits of being outside and in contact with nature a few moments each day. Numerous studies have shown that these things can be extremely beneficial for improving your health and reducing stress levels.
5. DIY As Much As You Can
Lastly, one of the most obvious ways to further your “Eco-Friendliness” is being as DIY as you can.
Granted, you’re probably not about to move to the mountains and be an off-the-grid recluse. But you can take little actions like making homemade jams or pastries, crafting personalized stationery or even devising your own chemical-free cleaning solutions.
The latter is as simple as mixing equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle and using it to clean glass surfaces. It’s simple, fast and chemical-free.
Bonus: Look To Your Community
You could argue that most of the actions and tips we have provided here are aligned with the DIY ethos, and they are!
But if it ever starts to feel like too much to do, remember that there is probably someone within your community that may be glad to do it for you and in an Eco-Friendly way.
Busy Life products started like this. We just wanted to develop our own Eco-Friendly solutions for car and home organization, but we soon found they could help out a lot more people than just us.
It’s simply a matter of asking around or browsing the web. You may find a local community organizer that’s willing to offer a greener option for many of the things you use in everyday life.
Perhaps these little actions won’t solve the pollution problem entirely on its own...
But as we’ve said before, small changes can definitely have a great impact on our own selves, our communities and ultimately the world.