7 Tiny Tips To Become More Environmentally Friendly

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like every morning I wake up to a new disaster on the news and an even scarier headline about the future of the earth. With everything going on, trying to do something good for the world can feel like an impossible uphill battle. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up because the problem feels too big to be solved.

That’s why I put together these 7 tiny tips to help you become more environmentally friendly. None of these tips alone will change the world, but when we all commit to making a small adjustment in our lives to help support the future, it can add up to something incredible.

  1. Invest In Reusable - Invest in reusable products like tumblers for your coffee, glass water bottles, and sustainable straws.
  2. Turn Off the Faucet While You Brush Your Teeth - This one really is a teeny tiny adjustment but all of that saved water really adds up over time.
  3. Try “Meatless Monday” - By cutting out meat from your diet for just one day per week you will end up reducing your carbon impact by over 1 ton of CO2e emissions per year.
  4. Ditch the Coffee Stirrer - Americans toss 138 billion straws and stirrers yearly. A clever alternative: Put your sugar and milk first, and then pour in the coffee— it’ll mix itself!
  5. Treat Yourself! - Shopping consciously doesn’t mean you have to buy second-hand all the time. Invest in that really nice bag, coat, or pair of shoes that will last you years as opposed to buying multiple cheap ones that you’ll toss over time.
  6. Shut off and Unplug - This one is easy and it saves you money! Simply shut off all the lights before you leave in the morning and unplug any electronics that you aren’t using during the day and while you sleep.
  7. Bring a Bag - Keep a few reusable tote bags rolled up in the glove compartment of your car so you’re always ready for any last-minute grocery run that may come up; plus it’ll save you money if you live in a state that charges for plastic bags. 

Making small changes in your daily routine can help you feel like you’re taking back control of your life while living in what often feels like an uncontrollable world. If you find yourself feeling anxious every time you turn on the news and hear updates on all that’s going on in the world, I’d love to take a moment to chat and help figure out a plan to get you back in control of your life and enjoying the world around you. You can email me at leemiller.therapist@gmail.com or call my office at (310) 614-0323 to set up a time to connect.