Being well doesn't have to be just your health, it can mean the health of the community around you. Here are some tips to take healthy, sustainable living to the next level:
1. Adjust your apparel: Repair holes and tears as much as possible instead of buying new clothes. With a quick search, you’ll find countless sewing videos online to learn how to darn socks or patch pants.
2. Convert to cloth: While having family dinner, eating lunch at home, or wiping down counter tops, grab reusable, totally washable napkins. You can even find a pattern to make your own here.
3. Hold on to old t-shirts: Make your own zero-waste facial tissues. Cut a few soft t-shirts into squares and store in a clean mason jar. Get a separate jar, designated for dirty tissues, and then throw in the wash when full.
4. Dry with wool dryer balls: Instead of always buying one-time-use dryer sheets, dab essential oils onto dryer balls, and once the oil is dry, they’re ready to infuse your clothes with super-clean scents. I suggest Thieves or Purification, especially for stinky boy laundry. Ask me how I know...
5. Turn off the tap: When washing your hands, make sure to turn off the water. Wet your hands, turn off the tap, lather with soap for 20 seconds, and turn back on to rinse.
9. Go green while you clean: Make your own at-home cleaning products in spray bottles, use washcloths instead of wipes, and dry with towels instead of paper towels.
10. Don’t put up with power losses: Think about everything in your house that is plugged in even when not in use: phone chargers, diffusers, and other appliances. Practice only plugging in when in use!
11. Remember reusable totes: You’ve probably mastered taking them to the grocery store, but up their use by taking them along to the craft store, the hardware store, the pharmacy, and the library.
12. Wash clothes and wind dry: When the sun is shining, try washing your clothes in cold water and then hanging them out to dry on a clothesline. You’ll be an energy-saving star in no time, and your clothes smell divine when they’re wind-blown dry.
13. Clean with concentrated cleaners: Instead of buying a whole new bottle of cleaning solution every time you run out, make it last with concentrated formulas like Thieves® Household Cleaner.
I would love to hear any ideas you have too. E-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.