An eco-friendly lifestyle and activities can be a very rewarding.
You can find fun and creative ways to pass the time with friends and family.
Most importantly, your lifestyle and activities can help out the environment in a big way!
In this article I wanted to make a compilation of some of the best eco-friendly lifestyle ideas and activities you can do.
I hope you enjoy!
Creative Recycling & DIY Crafts
Some of these recommendations in this category was sparked from some of the recommendation in one of our previous articles you can view at a later time called “How Eco-Friendly Are You”
Taking waste products and saving them from landfills can be a a rewarding and creative process.
Here are some of my favorite ideas!
Using Old Credit Cards Or Gift Cards To Make Jewelry.
Instead of cutting up your old credit cards and throwing them away you can simply punch them out in neat shapes.
This can make yourself a pair of unique earrings, or a guitar pick if you play guitar or know someone who does.
They make punch kits you can purchase on Amazon or you can simply use your household scissors that would work like a charm.
The punch can be used on old plastic notebook covers as well. (picture above)
Upcycling Glass Bottles Into Works Of Art
Another one of my favorite ideas based on the number of things that could be used from old glass bottles.
You can use a glass cutting kit to make:
- Drinking cups
- Candleholders or covers
- Turn them into light fixture covers
- Makeshift planting pots
- Toothbrush holders
- Q-tip holder
Sadly, these glass bottles can be found endlessly almost any place you look because they will not break down in our life time nor our kids lifetime.
In fact, it can take a glass bottle one million years to decompose in the environment, possibly even more if it’s in a landfill
Turn Luggage Or Other Things Into Tables
How many times have you seen old luggage at a yard sale or on the side of the road by someone’s driveway labeled free to pick up?
Turn these into fashionable end tables for your house or loft.
This could turn into a side hustle quick if you are creative and into interior decorating.
The possibility to turn most anything into something that has new life is insane!
I mean look how cool an old barrel looks turned into a coffee table below.
Turn Old MailBoxes Into Useable Fashionable Works Of Art
Remember there is no boundaries when turning trash into treasures.
The only thing that has a limit is your own creativity in this eco-friendly activity!
Mailboxes are another item that most people pitch out when they buy a new one.
Bring new life into these by turning them into something functional.
Plant a garden, plant, or trees!
Nothing gives back quite like seeing a tree growing from nothing.
It’s terrible seeing loggers coming into a place to take all the trees away for products that tend to end up in landfills.
Only after they add all kinds of chemicals to the products that make them unnatural to break down and decompose.
You can buy trees yourself and get your family together for a fun filled day of tree planting in your area.
Most cities have places that they would love seeing some trees planted.
If all else fails you can join a group like the onetreeplanted.org/ and help with their mission of planting trees.
Start A Compost From Scratch
Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden.
It’s a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus to your lawn or garden that fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.
It’s also free, easy to make, and good for the environment.
But composting also has other benefits
For a list of all the benefits and ways to start one I love the article done by learn.eartheasy.com/ they have a full in-depth article about what you can compost, what you can not compost, along with tips on how to start your very own!
Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think this picture says it all.
Anything in the great outdoors for any extended period of time admiring the wildlife and the scenery will bring a warm feeling inside.
The mountains, the breeze, the sudden deer that comes leaping by, and the birds singing.
It can be amazing to see all this no matter if you like biking, hiking, or anything on the water.
Don’t be shy to ask some friends and family to come along for everyone can embrace the environment and become closer with it.
Bird Watching Or Star Gazing
You ever see a picture that show aw stopping that even trying to describe it just does not do it justice.
This ties nicely into the category above but anytime you see animals in their natural habitat being unharmed by the busy and hectic lives we find ourselves in.
You do not have to have anything fancy but a camera could be an amazing thing to have on your journey.
I do not fancy the freezing cold but the crisp air and the quiet of nothing moving you can capture some amazing pictures.
Start A Community Clean Up
Most of all the problems we have in the environment were not caused by one person or even a handful of people.
It for sure is going to take more than just one person to clean it up.
Getting the community involved in a mission close to you can also be a rewarding feeling.
In my experience the more people you can get to take hold of a project the more people you will have to keep an eye on it getting out of hand again.
Getting large groups of people helping also helps give stock to the people and make them aware that they can make a difference in the world.
Make A Game of Conserving Electricity & Water
It can be a challenge doing things that you are not use to.
Like trying to cut back on electricity and water usage.
Turn it into a game to see how low you can get your electricity and water usage.
Start a spreadsheet and let the competition start!
If you have some family members or friends that want to be eco-friendly make a friendly challenge with them to see who can cut their electricity and water usages.
Not only does turning this into a game make it more enjoyable, but it will also do double the benefits to the environment!
Let the challenge begin !
Another Eco-Friendly Game Of ABC’s
Gather a group of friends to see how many of their ABCs they can check off this list!
A- Avoid single-use plastic
Between 60-80% of marine trash is plastic – 80% of which comes from land-based debris.
Five grocery bags stuffed with plastic are added every year for every foot of coastline.
This according to theworldcounts.com
B- Bike instead of drive.
Increasing pedestrian and bicycling trips will have a corresponding decrease in automobile trip lengths, by as little as 1 to 3 miles on average, can have a significant effect on both emissions and fuel consumption.
Amount of CO2 and fuel bicycling could save each year with moderate increases:
- 6 to 14 million tons of CO2
- 700 million to 1.6 billion gallons of fuel
This is according to adventurecycling.org/
C- Compost your food waste
Organic waste in landfills generates, methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
By composting wasted food and other organics, methane emissions are significantly reduced.
Compost reduces and in some cases eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Compost promotes higher yields of agricultural crops.
This according to epa.gov/
D- Donate Your Old Clothes
This reduces burden on manufacturing of new materials to make new clothing.
Clothing that sits in landfill releases toxic greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the environment when they break down.
This according to gogreendrop.com/
E- Eat locally grown food.
Purchasing more local food provides environmental benefits, as well:
It Preserves Small Farm Land:
When local farms are established, eating local protects farmland.
Reducing food miles helps alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution, and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.
This according to arrowquip.com/
F- Fix something instead of buying new.
Just like the other things listed above fixing things instead of buying new saves from burdening the environment for the resources to produce more.
You do not have to be great at fixing everything but a good resource for this is YouTube.
It’s very likely that something you have broke in the same manner someone else’s broke and they filmed a video showing you how they fixed it.
Any time you can save something by repairing it instead of throwing it away is a win.
G- Grow your own food.
This can work in two ways.
Growing your food keeps you from having stores stocking food in stores that later gets thrown away.
It also allows you to stop from making trips in a vehicle to pick up things you can grow outside yourself.
H- Have a place for your scrap paper
Did you know that paper accounts for around 26% of total waste at landfills.
Paper production causes deforestation, uses enormous amounts of energy and water, and contributes to air pollution and waste problems.
Try to cut paper out completely if possible. If not at least reuse the back or corners for making notes.
For a counter that never stops counting you can go to theworldcounts.com to see how much paper the world is going through.
I- Influence 2 other family members or friends to do this challenge!
The power of this challenge is multiplied when you get more people involved in this challenge.
You might not think of yourself as an influencer but you are.
There is a person who looks up to you or maybe even a group of people!
The more people focusing on these issues the bigger the impact that can be made!
J- Just say not to creating waste
The perk of this is you use every single piece of anything and have absolutely no waste to worry about.
This would be like using something maybe in a jar and then turning the jar into something that will have an afterlife for example.
K- Keep trying and doing your best!
None of this stuff is exactly they easiest of task.
Most companies do not make items for the purpose of being eco-friendly.
Keep trying and just do your best.
L- Leave no trace behind you
The same as above , this section is just for you to think about what you use and think of ways you can reuse or repurpose these items to leave no trace behind.
M- Meatless Mondays
Stock production for animals in this country is nasty business with harmful chemicals used in unnatural ways.
Not only that the amount of semis it takes to take these produces across country and into stores is mind boggling.
Any time you can step away from meat and into something healthier is a benefit for you and the animals.
N- Need water? use only a reusable bottle
I think if you have reached this far in the article we won’t beat on this drum anymore.
I will leave a statistic that I have said before in my articles.
Tree Tribe makes some really good eco-friendly water bottles you can find by clicking here.
“By 2050, the world’s oceans could contain more plastic than fish measure by weight.”
That quote according to theworldcounts.com
O- Only take what you need
Waste is not good for your pocket book or the environment which is taking a bigger ding for over consumption.
We as humans need way less than what we think to survive.
We always seem to be trying to fill a void with shopping and over consumption that just turns to waste.
P- Pack lunches only in reusable lunch boxes.
Anytime you can find something that is more of a sustainable solution for your daily needs is a win win for you and the environment.
Always go with an option that can used over and over again vs one time use items.
Q- Quit bad habits and replace them with good habits.
Let’s face it we all have something that we could go without.
Let us turn one bad habit into a good one!
We will all be healthier for it.
R- Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, refuse!
I do not think this section needs much.
Use these four R’s in your life and you will make a bigger difference in almost every way possible.
S- Shop at thrift stores
My question to myself is always, “do i need something brand new”
Beyond popular belief your friends and family will likely not even notice your shirt is brand new or one from a thrift store.
I know that may be shocking to some people but it’s true.
I know people who go to thrift stores to buy clothing to resell online for a full time job.
That is because you can likely find anything in your style at the thrift store just as easy as you can at a store.
Half the price or less and it didn’t take a company taking from the environment to make new.
T- Take your own reusable bags to the store.
Plastic plastic plastic.
At some point it’s going to be the only thing keeping this planet floating.
Avoid at any chance you have.
U- Use rainwater to water your plants
It’s free and it falls from the sky.
No need of using water from your tap.
That takes a toll on the environment taking water away from the natural ecosystem to deliver it to homes.
Use rain water on your plants instead of tap water.
V- Volunteer to plant trees or community clean up.
Every chance we can give back to the environment for so much we have taken is a plus.
Do as much as possible whenever possible.
If you do not have time you can always donate to nonprofits who focus on something that you are passionate about.
W- Walk places instead of driving
Driving a vehicle is very bad on the environment.
Not only the pollution coming from the tailpipe, the oil that leaks onto the ground, the materials harvested from the earth to make the vehicles.
Heck the trees they chop down just to build the factories the build the cars in.
The trees they chop down to store part ins on shelves.
It’s insane when you think about it.
X- Xeriscape plants need less water
This simply means planting plants or bushes in your garden or property that take little to no water to keep alive.
Use drought-tolerant plants for your landscaping to prevent from wasting water.
Water comes from the tap but most people do not understand that to get water to your tap the water has to come from natural habitats.
That means less water for the animals and the natural ecosystem around.
Y- Your choice matters
They matter for your life, they matter for the environment and they matter to the future of our planet.
Z- Zero waste- see how long you can go!
It is hard.
Trust me I know.
Remember above when I said try your best and keep trying.
Every little bit helps in the effort of being eco-friendly.
A Eco-Friendly lifestyle and activities can be exciting and great for the environment around us.
Using your creativity to have fun activities to do without damaging the environment around us is important.
Do not let this list be the end of the ideas you can come up with based on our recommendations.
Challenge yourself and your family to think of even more ways to help with creative thinking!
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