10 Tips to Completely Get Rid of Plastics and Chemicals From Your Life

For green living made easy, try tapping into some of these tips on a day-to-day basis—you’ll please the planet, nourish your body, and ease your mind.

>>1. Ditch one-use plastics like single-use water bottles. Instead, grab a reusable water bottle to use when you’re on the go or playing sports.

>>2. Buy paper products made from 100-percent postconsumer content. This includes paper towels, toilet paper, and printing paper! There is no reason to buy these products made from virgin trees anymore.

>>3. Vote with your dollars and buy organic food: This is such a positive action to take because you are protecting your health, protecting the earth, supporting organic farmers, and making your voice heard!

>>4. Consume less! Cheap fashion items encourage us to buy or toss and also to collect a lot of “stuff” that we just don’t need. This includes home wares and even food. Be mindful when shopping: Do you really need everything in your cart?

>>5. Buy or make your own nontoxic cleaning products. Your home should be just as clean as the foods you eat and skincare products you use. I like Ecos because they are a very green company.

>>6. Create a drought-tolerant backyard: Brown is the new green! In drought-stricken areas like Southern California, there is no reason to try to maintain a neon-green lawn anymore. Look for succulents and drought-tolerant/native plants.

>>7. Spend just two minutes a day signing an online petition for a greener, cleaner Earth. I go to NRDC (nrdc.org/action/where) where you can click to take action on any issue that you feel strongly about.

>>8. Choose cleaner, greener personal care products free from harsh chemicals.

>>9. Cook from scratch: This is the single greenest thing that you can do because you will be avoiding tons of packaging and unhealthy ingredients.

>>10. Digital detox: Spend an hour a day with all your devices turned off, and get in tune with nature by taking a long hike or walk. This encourages a connection with the environment around us, and also helps us to live a little more mindfully.

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