Simple Sustainable Living Tips That You May Not Know!

Simple Ways to Sustainable Living:  Sustainability is forward thinking.  It means looking ahead to making our planet better.  What we can do to live green doesn’t need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to be conscious of what we are doing.  We can decrease our footprint with little things like; turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flipping the light off when we leave the room. Earth Day is just a few days away, a great reminder to make minor changes that can make a big difference.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

I think most of us can agree that a clean planet is just as important as clean clothes. In honor of Earth Day, I’ve partnered with Tide purclean™, who has teamed up with World Wildlife Fund and Kristen Bell to convert as many homes as possible to energy-saving laundry habits by asking Americans to take the Clean Pledge.

For each pledge received between now and Earth Day, Tide purclean will donate $5 to support WWF’s global conservation efforts, up to $250,000

What’s the #CleanPledge?  Simply pledge to do any or all of the following:

  • Wash laundry with cold water
  • Use an energy-saving HE washer
  • Take care of clothes to keep them longer

Simple right?  To join, just visit Tide.com/CleanPledge or tweet using #CleanPledge and Tide will make the $5 donation, while you get the credit!

Join me & @TidyMom in taking the #CleanPledge. For each pledge, @Tide purclean will donate $5 to @World_Wildlife http://bit.ly/2ooPAfl
Tweet: Join me and @TidyMom- take the #CleanPledge & @Tide purclean will donate $5 to @World_Wildlife global conservation efforts. Pls RTCLICK TO TWEET

Tide purclean and World Wildlife Fund know doing the laundry impacts the environment – yet clean clothes are non-negotiable. There are, however, small changes that can be made to your laundry habits that make a big difference to the environment – without sacrificing the cleaning results.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable

Getting started on the path to a sustainable living way of life may seem overwhelming if you try to implement them all at once.Remember any effort can help. Don’t worry that you can’t do it all or think you’re not being green enough. With time and patience we can create that life that we actually want to sustain. 

It’s important to start small.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

1. Make the Most of Old Fabrics with Household Chores

Use cloth for cleaning. We have a few large stacks of old towels we keep in the garage and laundry room.  We use them to clean up spills, wipe off the dogs feet, and any many other clean up jobs. When our towels get worn out and I buy new ones, the old ones go in the “rags” pile.  Microfiber cloths are great for lint-free cleaning, or you can be frugal and “green” and make cleaning clothes out of old t-shirts.

2. Look for Ways to Reuse Everything

From reusing zip-top bags (yes I will rinse them out and let them dry), or using the same disposable bag over and over when I travel (that quart-sized bag for your liquids at TSA, can be used for years).  To making crafts out of an empty popcorn tin, framing prints from an old calendar, making a centerpiece out of empty soda bottles and re-using ribbon on a package.  Before you throw anything out, look at it in another light and see if you can use it in some other way.  And if you have no use for it, donate it!

3. Maximize It

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

4. Do Laundry in Cold Water

Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. Switching to cold water for one year, saves enough energy to charge your phone for a lifetime, power your TV for four months or drive 300 miles!!  Also, line-dry when you can.

5. Wear it More Than Once

Wearing your outer clothes more than once before tossing them in the hamper is the first step in green laundry habits. Clothing that is next to your body is best to wash after wearing – but second layers and jackets can be worn more than once before throwing them in the washer. Of course we aren’t talking about unmentionables and sweaty workout clothes, but if it doesn’t get dirty, why not wear it twice?

6. Proper Care of Clothes

By following the manufacturer’s instructions on clothing labels your clothes are likely to last longer.  This not only saves you money, but when the average life of clothing is extended, it helps reduce textile waste.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

7. Maximize Washer for Energy Efficiency

By using a High Efficiency (HE) washer, you will use 3x less water and save 65% energy.  Along with doing laundry in cold water (on the quickest setting) and using Tide purclean, you won’t sacrifice clean clothes for helping our planet.

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8. Plant a Garden

Not only is it fun to watch something you planted grow and show up on your dinner table, you’ll be amazed at the flavor difference of homegrown.  Start small, you can grow in containers on your deck or balcony, a small corner of your yard or even herbs in your kitchen window.

9. Turn Off, Down or Unplug

Turn off the lights when you leave the room, open the curtains and blinds and rely on the sunlight. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load. Shut down and turn off your computer completely at night.  Unplug items that are not being used.  Adjust the thermostat when you are not home.

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

10. Change your light bulbs.

Switch a few of your light bulbs to CFLs , they use about 75 percent less energy and last seven to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, until eventually you have all of your house switched over.

 

My favorite choice for green laundry detergent:

10 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainable: Sustainability is forward thinking. It means looking ahead to making our planet better. What we can do to live green doesn't need to fit on a to-do list. We just need to to be conscious of what we are doing. We can decrease our footprint by simply turning off the faucet while we brush our teeth, or flip the light off when we leave the room. Sustainable Living Tips You May Not Know at TidyMom.net

 

Tide purclean.  It’s is made with 65% plant based ingredients and doesn’t sacrifice any of the power cleaning that I count on from Tide, even in cold water.  Tide purclean is a formula made with 100% renewable wind power electricity* and is made at a site that has zero manufacturing waste to landfill. It is also formulated to be free of dyes, perfumes, chlorine and phosphates. Even the bottle is 100% recyclable. The same great clean I expect with a friendlier impact to our environment.  Love that!

Take the challenge today CLICK TO TWEET!! There are SO many more simple things we can all do, I’d love to hear what you can add to the list to sustainable living.

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Disclaimer: I grew up in a house that used Tide laundry detergent and continue to use it in my own home. This post is sponsored by Tide purclean, as always, all opinions, and my love of Tide are all my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make TidyMom possible.