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At some point, most people come to realize that living a more simplistic life has tremendous value.

For starters, it can reduce stress levels. While that alone is a good enough reason to simplify your life, there’s also the fact that you can contribute to a greener world. The information below can help you set goals to become more eco-friendly. Although it won’t happen overnight, you’ll appreciate making small changes that start to add up over time.

Buy a Water Filter

One of the top ways to be more eco-friendly is by using a water filter instead of buying countless bottles of water. The amount of plastic waste that results from the purchase of bottled water is incredible. There is also a health reason for drinking filtered water. It’s because some plastic bottles release chemicals that are not healthy when consumed in high quantities. Another reason to use a water filter is that it’s less expensive than bottled water. Although a water filter is a good option, you’ll need to make sure you choose a quality product.

Use a Digital Notepad

Prior to laptops and smartphones, people used a lot more paper taking notes. If you’re someone that uses paper notepads, consider eliminating them and developing the habit of capturing information digitally. In addition to being eco-friendly, you'll also have access to your notes wherever you go, especially if you choose to use the notepad on your phone. If you have ever thought about going paperless, this is a great place to start because you become accustomed to reading information on a device instead of printing it out. You’ll also find that using a notepad eliminates unnecessary clutter.

Cut Back on Meat

As you can probably imagine, supporting livestock is taxing on the Earth for a variety of reasons. There are a lot of activities that result in the release of greenhouse gases. While you don’t necessarily have to stop eating meat altogether, you can cut back and still have an impact on the environment. For instance, some people choose to stop eating meat once a week and increase that number over time. This requires you to ensure you’re still getting the proper nutrients and supplementation can help.

Bring Your Own Grocery Bag

How many plastic grocery bags do you have in a kitchen drawer? Most families have a good number of these bags because they accumulate over the months and years. A lot of plastic is generated to accommodate this need. A great way to get your groceries home without plastic bags is by using canvas bags that you bring with you to the store. Once you have done it a few times, it becomes like second nature. You can recycle the bags you already have by using them in your garbage can.

Clean With Cloth Towels

If you use paper towels to clean the windows and mirrors in your home, try using cloth towels instead. You can even cut up an old t-shirt and turn it into several rags that can be used to clean different areas of your home. The best part is you don’t have to buy paper towels and you can just clean the rags and reuse them.

Unplug Appliances

There is another way for you to save money and protect the Earth. How? By unplugging appliances in your home that are not in use. While you might think to turn off appliances is sufficient, that’s not the case because they will still use energy until unplugged.


You can incorporate all of these ideas into your life a little bit at a time. You’ll feel good about the progress you’ve made and you’ll contribute to making the world a better place. Living a little greener is a win-win proposition.            

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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