How to Convince Someone to Care About the Environment

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Do you ever get intimidated to talk about the environment? Do you feel like the person you’re talking to just doesn’t care? This can be very distressing for any environmentalist – because we all should care about our planet!

Saving the earth from climate change will take all of us, so it’s essential people understand the importance of environmentalism. If you’re curious how to convince someone to care about the environment, here are some tips I have for you.

For your information – please note you should refrain from arguing, name calling and getting angry during talks about the environment. You want to set a good impression and make sure you’re approachable.

The same goes for the person you’re speaking to of course – you never have to put up with derogatory language or insults. There’s a difference between disagreement and straight up disrespect. Only start the conversation if you feel safe to do so.

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Are Tote Bags Eco-Friendly?

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I’m sure you’re well familiar with tote bags. I have a slew of them sitting in my closet as I type this – some gifted, some bought. We’ve all been told reusable bags are good, disposable bags are bad. In fact, there are several plastic bag bans in effect across the U.S. and many businesses have stopped offering plastic bags outright.

But just how sustainable are tote bags? Well, the answer isn’t as clear cut as you might think. Are tote bags eco-friendly? Yes – but it depends on what they’re made from and how you use them.

It’s downright ironic something designed to help the planet can actually end up harming it. But you’ve heard the expression “too much of a good thing” right? It’s kind of like that.

Many people wind up with tote bags they don’t need or use and it kind of defeats the purpose. Also, brands like to cash in on trends and will often sell reusable tote bags to make you believe they’re helping the earth when they really just want to make a buck (ahem, greenwashing anyone?). 

Let’s analyze which tote bags are eco-friendly and why – because not all tote bags are made equal. 

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11 Advanced Zero Waste Tips

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Know all the basics of zero waste already? Feel like you’re more expert than beginner?

Great! You’re ready to take things to the next level. That often involves making a bigger impact and taking a look at improving your community. Here are 11 advanced zero waste tips that will help make you, and your community (or campus), a more circular economy.

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How to Be Zero Waste With a Cat

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Are you a cat owner? You’ve probably noticed by now certain items for your cat come in plastic or wasteful packaging. But what if I told you reducing your cat’s waste was possible? It may be hard to eliminate it completely, but you can certainly still learn how to be zero waste with a cat. Here’s what you need to know.

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9 Eco-Friendly Skin Care Routine Tips

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Want to establish an eco-friendly skin care routine? I believe that starts by finding what’s sustainable for you and the planet – a happy midway point, if you will.

It’s important to purchase products that are made using organic, natural ingredients, but it’s also important to think about packaging.

And, let’s not forget, it’s just as important to consider what products actually work on your skin in the long run.

Cause honey, it’s not sustainable for you if it does nothing for you! Here are my best kept eco-friendly skin care routine tips.

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11 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

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What does your laundry routine look like right now? Most people’s laundry room is probably full of plastic bottles of detergent, single-use dryer sheets and bottles of fabric softener. And while the wastefulness of that is something to comment on, the real danger lies in what’s in the products.

So many laundry products contain ingredients that are harmful to both humans and the environment. A lot of people forget that what we put in our washing machines heads into our waterways. Unfortunately, many laundry products contribute to water pollution on a massive scale.

Thankfully, there are several ways we can green our laundry room – from the detergent we use to the actual washing machine itself. Here are 11 eco-friendly laundry tips that will keep your clothes spotless without harming the planet.

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How to Host a Zero Waste Party | 5 Quick Tips

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Looking to host a zero waste party? There’s a lot that goes into party planning, and waste is something we don’t often consider. Sadly, most party plastics cannot be recycled.

To make matters worse, lots of party decorations and food goes to waste too. If you want to reduce the amount of trash your get-together will generate, here are 5 quick tips to try ASAP.

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8 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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Interested in making your home more eco-friendly? There are so many items in your house that may not be sustainable – and that’s okay! No one is perfect so it’s important to learn and make better choices down the line. 

To me, having an eco-friendly home means being mindful of the items you bring into it. It also means knowing what powers your home – fossil fuels or renewables – and learning ways to save energy.

The good news is there’s no one way to have a sustainable home (even with a cat). The tips on this list don’t have to happen overnight – you can pick and choose which are most feasible for you at this point in time. Here are 8 ways to make your home more eco-friendly. 

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11 Tips to Eat More Sustainably

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Did you know what you eat can have an impact on the planet? Food production actually contributes to climate change: Forests are often torn down to rear cattle and grow crops for livestock while oceans are overfished and trawled.

About a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from our food. Also, most food is farmed out of season, which utilizes further resources to sustain it, and then heavily packaged in plastic by the time it arrives at our door.

The ironic part is we often waste the food we have too – In the United States alone, nearly 40 percent of food is wasted. Thankfully, there are ways to change the relationship we have with food for the better. Here are 11 tips to eat more sustainably.

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11 Simple Tips For Zero-Waste Grocery Shopping

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Have you ever walked into a grocery store and felt overwhelmed by the plastic packaging? You’re not alone.

I’ve seen some things that have literally made me roll my eyes and shake my head: Like cucumbers individually wrapped in plastic film.

Manufacturers have a terrible habit of overdoing it when it comes to our food’s packaging – it’s like they forget it comes from the ground. It doesn’t need so much protection.

That said, I do agree certain items (like pre-chopped produce) can help make fresh foods more accessible.

I realize not everyone can peel and chop their food – but there are tons of people who can and still choose the convenience option.

I think there needs to be a balance here, and there are many areas for improvements and innovation. Thankfully, there are ways to shop plastic-free, even amidst this chaos.

Here are 11 simple tips for zero waste grocery shopping.

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