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10 Easy Ways To Be More Eco Friendly


Being environmentally friendly is big news these days, and here I share with you my top ten tips to be an eco warrior.


1. Use public transport. Better yet, walk.

It’s an easy one, but it works. It’s stated that New Yorkers save on average $19 billion a year simply by using sustainable transportation. This shows that in addition to being good for the environment, it’s good financially too!

2. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

This is important for so many reasons and it takes just a tiny bit of extra effort. From saving habitat destruction to reducing pollution caused by waste, the advantages of this are huge.

3. Eat locally sourced produce.

Visit your local farm shop or farmers market. Not only is the food from there more eco friendly, it’s healthier, tastes better and is often inexpensive!

4. Use both sides of paper.

I am guilty of this one, but it’s such a simple way to help cut down on deforestation!

5. Use canvas bags when shopping.

There really is no excuse for not implementing this one. Everyone uses them now, even super models like Kate Moss have been snapped with them!

6. Wear extra clothing rather than turn up the heating.

It’s so simple yet so easily effective.

7. Download music, rather than buying CDs.

It cuts out on waste and is so much better for the environment.

8. Switch everything off at the plugs every night.

This can save a huge amount of wasted energy and takes just a few seconds!

9. Refill water bottles.

Refilling water bottles rather than buying more each day cuts down on waste and is way better for the environment!

10. Use rechargeable batteries.

This can save you money as well as being a step towards being an eco warrior!

So those are my top tips, what are yours?

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  • Reply Amber Renée 08/13/2010 at 5:29 pm

    I definitely feel the pull to do more than I have done in the past.. I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder but now I’m making sure I either REUSE or RECYCLE before anything gets out of hand.. and lets not forget what’s old to you is new to someone else. *ramble*

  • Reply Erica 08/14/2010 at 2:57 pm

    Yay, I like this.
    I actually just did a post on the topic recently w/ MY top 10! 🙂

    10 Easy Ways to be More Eco-Friendly


  • Reply Amber Renée 08/17/2010 at 10:27 am

    Oh I love your post, Erica~!
    This one is by a brand new writer. <3

    I'm considering doing an eco-friendly post now with my take on the issue! xox

  • Reply Tina 08/26/2010 at 5:51 am

    This are all great suggestions – but keep in mind that if you’re reusing water bottles, DO NOT wash them and keep using! Regular plastic water bottles leach chemicals if you wash them, and could be a health hazard. If you know you drink a lot of water, consider buying a faucet filter or filter jug [like a Brita] and a environmentally friendly bottle instead. You’ll save a TON over bottled water, and it’s at least as good for the environment!

  • Reply Lauren 08/31/2010 at 4:26 pm

    I love that you posted this. I recently moved into college and am loving how many people on campus do what this list says and are trying to go green. I think i’ll see if we can find even more ways to do so. 🙂

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