Easy Swaps to be More Sustainable

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“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”

Robert Swan

I think one of the reasons why people hesitate to make sustainable swaps is inconvenience! So I generated a list of a few easy swaps you can use to live more sustainably!

1. Foldable Shopping Bag to leave in your Purse

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I use a BAGCU foldable bag (The one on the left). I love it!

It easily folds up into my purse organizer and is small enough that I can leave it there. Preventing me from forgetting to bring a reusable tote to the grocery store.

2. Use Rags Instead of Paper Towels

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First off, try and upcycle old towels you have for this!

I still use paper towels for some messes like when my pup has an accident in the house. Although, for most messes, I now use microfiber cloths!

I got mine from the Target dollar section and the Dollar Tree. They work great and are also a great price!

3. Give Up Single-use Makeup Remover Wipes

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This one has seriously changed my life and has saved me so much money!

There are two options here; you can either do the Magic Makeup Eraser or for a frugal alternative you can use the same microfiber cloths from the Dollar Tree I talked about above. Magic Makeup erasers are essentially microfiber clothes so a generic one does the same thing for your face.

Just make sure not to put them in the dryer and maybe designate a cloth for your face and ones for cleaning!

4. Change Your Coffee Routine

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If you are using a Keurig please switch to a reusable K-cup! I waited way too long to do this, it saves the environment and your bank account! It’s quite a bit cheaper to buy ground coffee than to pay for K-cups each week.

Or, explore other ways to make your coffee. Each mthod has different flavoring! A few other sustainable methods I can think of are via a French Press or with a Pour Over.

5. Go Meatless One Meal a Day

Or you could do one day a week, whichever works best for you!

Honestly, I think this is one of the most effective methods on this list and is easy to do!

The meat industry is a leading factor in greenhouse gas emissions. One of my favorite meat substitutes is Morning Star Black Bean Burger, it has a great taste and low price!

There you have it, a few little changes I have made to “go green.” What changes have you made to your life to live sustainably on a budget?

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  1. Very good ideas- recently looking into rags instead of paper towels- mainly kitchen drying hands and wiping up quick messes. Need to figure out a way to do it and stick with it!

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