1. Go paperless
Between monthly bill statements and receipts, paper clutter can pile up fast. The worst part though is that they usually end up crumpled up in the trash. One no-brainer way to reduce your carbon footprint is by going digital whenever possible. Many stores will email you receipts instead of printing them out then and there. You can also sign up for paperless billing for recurring payments, and sometimes you’ll even score a little discount when you do.
2. Plant some succulents
A lush lawn is great, but you know what’s better? Succulents. They require way less maintenance – sayonara, lawnmower! – and small amounts of water to maintain. You can still get creative with landscaping and have the best-looking yard in the neighborhood. Native plants to your region are another option that’s great for the ecosystem because they are designed to thrive where you live. Plus, native plants also support the local animal and insect population.
3. Borrow instead of buy
We love a good shopping session, but borrowing is a much easier, cheaper, and more sustainable way to go. Let’s say you have an event to attend. Instead of buying a dress or a new outfit to wear, that let’s be real, you’ll likely only wear the one time, borrow something from a friend or rent an outfit from an online clothing rental site. The same goes for things like books, toys for the kids, or sporting equipment. Not only will you be preserving the Earth’s precious resources, but you’ll also save money and reduce the clutter in your home. It’s a win, win, win.
4. Buy from eco-conscious brands
That said, if you are going to buy something, be a conscious consumer and shop from brands that implement sustainable practices. Where you put your money matters. Do your research. Do they make their products out of renewable or recyclable materials? What about their headquarters? Do they follow mindful protocols to reduce their carbon footprint? What type of packaging do they use? For instance, we offer our kombucha in a can because they are 70% more likely to be recycled than glass and they have a lower carbon footprint than glass bottles. So, if you’re looking to support a more sustainable booch, shop Better Booch.
Above all else, choose the brands you shop with wisely. Because being a picky shopper can actually help save the world.