Easy Green: 3 Money-Saving (& Eco-Friendly) Habits To Start Today

Easy Green: 3 Money-Saving (& Eco-Friendly) Habits To Start Today

Taryn Williford
Jan 29, 2016
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Finding the resolve to break out of a wasteful routine is generally not easy. But it can be. These three eco-friendly practices seem tough to take on at the start, but there are simple tricks you can employ to make them stick at home. And trust me, it'll be worth your while if you do–they're bad for the environment and bad for your wallet. It's time for a shift of habit.

Use Only Cloth Napkins

It's not any harder to grab a cloth napkin than it is to grab a paper towel whenever a mess happens. You'll just toss it into the laundry instead of the trash when you're done.

Make it happen: Go cold turkey. Use the last paper towel and vow to never buy any more. If you need some motivation to make the switch, treat yourself to a new set of napkins you really love.

Switch to Reusable Water Bottles

Ditch the disposable plastic and instead carry a durable bottle that gets refilled from the tap or filter. S'Well bottles are a personal favorite; I love the familiar shape and rainbow of colors.

Make it happen: To make the habit stick, make it a part of your everyday carry–leave the bottle with your purse or keys by the door.

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Stop Buying Plastic Straws

They're not a weekly grocery item in everyone's budget, but if you do use plastic drinking straws at home, you know it's a pretty wasteful habit. Opt to go without, or, if you prefer living the straw life, get yourself a set of washable and reusable stainless steel drinking straws.

Make it happen: Keep your stainless straws in a cup or jar out on the countertop so they're easy to grab. And make sure there's enough for every member of the family.

What eco-friendly habits have you adopted at home?

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