Let’s be honest here. As human beings, we likely aren’t going to make lasting changes to our lifestyles unless it makes us feel good in some way. One promising way to keep up with good habits is finding ones that make us feel proud and accomplished. Even selfless acts like being more sustainable are more effective when we feel proud doing them. Because when you do things that make you feel good you are more likely to keep doing them.
So if you’re looking to make small, sustainable changes in your life, start with these 7 easy changes that will leave you feeling proud and wanting more.
1. Wear your clothes more than once before washing them.
A lot of us are used to wearing something once and then they’re considered dirty even if they really aren’t. Give that top you just wore once to the grocery store a couple more days’ worth of love before tossing it into the wash.
2. Forget the plastic and grow your own herbs.
Have you ever noticed how much plastic packaging is used for just a small about of basil or parsley? Ditch the plastic and save money by growing your little herb garden at home! You’ll feel accomplished having grown your own and you’ll always have fresh herbs on hand!
3. Try out Meatless Mondays.
Maybe you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, but you still want to eat less meat. Meatless Mondays are a fun way to challenge yourself to be more conscious and can help you try new plant-based recipes.
4. Find a new use for empty food containers.
Whether it’s plastic take-out containers or empty glass jars, they can be reused! Eliminate the guilt and waste from takeout by repurposing your empty containers. You’ll be proud you did!
5. Save your veggie scraps for the best soup you’ll ever make.
Nothing beats homemade. Freeze your veggie scraps until you accumulate enough to make vegetable stock from scratch. Nothing is better than the feeling of having cooked delicious food yourself!
6. Bring a reusable bag with you at all times.
You never know when you might pop into a store and buy something. Having a reusable bag that folds into itself is an easy way to eliminate the need for plastic bags. You’ll feel good knowing that you won’t be contributing to the plastic bag problem.
7. Recycle your empty beauty products.
Look for a local Terracycle near you or ship your empty beauty or skincare products directly to Terracycle where they will recycle them responsibly. You’ll feel proud for taking that extra sustainable step.