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33 Free Ways to be Sustainable

In your home, when shopping, & with your clothes.

Sustainability is often associated with being costly or more expensive. This is true sometimes, but it doesn't have to be true all the time. There are many free ways to live more sustainably, although they usually aren't the most talked about. I mean, we live in a capitalistic country and society, so what do you expect? But don't worry I'm here to emphasize all of the free susty tips so that you don't have to worry about spending money to be sustainable!

Green Tips for at Home

  1. Use less water

  2. Don't let food go to waste

  3. Unplug all your appliances when not in use

  4. Use express wash

  5. Air dry your clothes

  6. Maximize your dishwasher loads

  7. Skip the heat dry on your dishwasher

  8. Reuse packaging and bags

  9. Use the last bit of everything (soap, toothpaste, spices)

  10. Reduce the amount of hot water you use

  11. Start a compost pile

  12. Join a buy nothing group

Sustainable Tips for Grocery Shopping

  1. Buy less, buying less is the most sustainable thing you can do

  2. Bring or reuse a bag from home

  3. Opt for non packaged items

  4. Choose to shop at stores dedicated to improving

  5. Shop local and support small businesses

  6. Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit to stores

  7. Opt for packaging that's not perfect to prevent it from being thrown out

  8. Stop returning things

  9. Stop buying water bottles

  10. Plant the seeds from fruits & veggies you bought

Eco-Friendly Fashion Tips

  1. Buy Less

  2. Swap or borrow with siblings, friends, or coworkers

  3. Bring a bag when shopping

  4. Donate old clothes

  5. Repair clothes, shoes, and jewelry instead of replacing

  6. Recycle old clothes at in-store drop-offs

  7. Upcycle old clothes into something you would wear

  8. Don't wash all pieces of clothing after every use

  9. Rewear things - yes even if they were posted on Instagram it's okay

  10. Plan out outfits with clothes you own before buying something new

  11. Paint, embroider, or patch old/stained clothes

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