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Going Green at Home and On the Go

by Angelique Platas

Jul 30, 2020

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Going green and reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be the life overhaul it sounds like — travel days included. Whether you’re packing for a big trip or just a morning commute, you can reduce your carbon footprint with these easy, introductory, eco-friendly swaps.

 

Shop Smarter
Yes, even while traveling, you can alter your shopping habits to be eco-friendlier. Reduce food waste and plan your meals in advance of your shopping trip. This can help eliminate impulse buys and even help with your budget. As boring as it may seem, having the same thing for breakfast and lunch for five days a week can make your weekly shopping easier and more eco- and budget-friendly.

 

Secondhand Shop
Speaking of shopping, purchasing vintage and thrift clothing, accessories and home goods may be trendy, but it’s also affordable and environmentally friendly. You can find great shops, flea markets and more in most cities you travel to, so scout one nearby for your next souvenir run.

 

Pro tip: You can even clean out some unused goods of your own and make a little cash with companies like ThredUp.

 

Bring Your Own …
Bringing your own reusable bags on shopping trips, to-go boxes to restaurants you frequent, reusable straws and more (basically dealer’s choice) can eliminate a lot of waste. It may seem silly at first, but make sure you speak up — when ordering a drink, mention you don’t need a straw and eventually it will become second nature.

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