Did you guys know that April is Earth Month?! In honor of this important time of year Tetra Pak is reminding us to protect what’s good. From our family and friends, to our own health and wellness, to good old Mother Earth!
Now, I know most of you are busy working women in cities… so the thought of actively doing things to protect the environment sounds nice, but it’s also really intimidating! When you’re trying to juggle it all, who has time to add MORE to the to-do list?! I hear you. But this is exactly why I was excited to write this post. Yes, these are technically eco-friendly habits for Earth Month, but I promise that they’re also easy enough to sustain long after April! And once you start incorporating them into your routine, they’ll feel like second nature in no time.
I had a few ideas of my own for this list, but I wanted to go straight to an expert, too. Luckily, Ashlee Piper agreed to contribute a few tips – and they are GOOD! For those of you who don’t know Ashlee, she’s an eco-lifestyle journalist, TV personality and author. She’s a regular contributor to Refinery29, Women’s Health, ABC, Glamour, and more. She also happens to be a Chicago gal!! And if all of that isn’t cool enough, she’s also releasing her first book in June! Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. is a fun guide all about simple swaps to make any life more sustainable. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and I literally cannot WAIT to read it. Clearly, she was a good person to ask, right?! So let’s get to it.
6 Eco-Friendly Habits for Earth Month
These first 3 tips were contributed by Ashlee Piper!
1. Ease up on animals.
2. No excuse for single use.
3. Secondhand first.
And since I promised 6 tips…
…here are 3 more from me! You’ll be able to tell that I’m not nearly as much of an expert as Ashlee is (how great are those action items?!), but they’re still helpful tips! Let’s dive in…
4. Unplug outlets you aren’t using.
I know you’ve heard this before, and I know it seems tedious… but honestly, it takes such little effort. Seriously, do it for one week and it will all of a sudden become second nature. Done with your curling iron? Don’t just turn it off, unplug it! Steamer? Blow dryer? Computer? You get the picture.
5. Look for sustainable packaging.
Yes, I could tell you to avoid all packaged items, especially individually packaged items. But I get it! When you’re busy, having these items ready to throw in your bag is really really helpful. Luckily, there are super cool companies like Tetra Pak creating sustainable packaging. That’s right, convenient and focused on food safety and sustainability! Their cartons are made of renewable materials that have been sustainably sourced to help reduce climate impact and protect our natural resources. Oh, and after they’ve been recycled, cartons can be turned into tissues, paper products and green building materials. How cool is that?
6. Don’t buy too much at the grocery store.
Will you try out any of these Eco-Friendly Habits for Earth Month?
And do you think you can keep any of them up even after April ends?! Let’s chat about it!