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10 Ways to be Eco-Friendly

Avoid Plastic Bags

There is plastic everywhere in a grocery store. One unnecessary plastic you can avoid is a plastic bag. An eco-friendly alternative could be paper bags or reusable cloth bags. For produce, you can also check out mesh bags.

Take a Fast Fashion Break

More and more fashion brands take into account the environmental and social impact of their production, so try to find brands that use sustainable and ethical practices. You can also try thrifting. Thrift stores, service the environmentally and ethically conscious consumers of today. It is one way we can work to minimize our own carbon footprints and make small steps towards a better future

Cut Down Your Water Use

Clean water is one of our most basic and essential resources. In order to save more water you can turn off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth, drink tap water, only wash full loads of laundry, and try washing dishes by hand a few days a week.

Avoid Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

In order to reduce waste, stop buying plastic water bottles. Plastic water bottles take years and years to break down and are one of the main sources of pollution in our environment. Instead, buy a reusable water bottle and fill it up whenever you need it.

Pull the Plug

Even when they are turned off, electronics and appliances that are plugged into the wall are still using energy. One way to conserve energy is to unplug anything that isn't being used.

Buy food from Local Farmer's Markets

Many local producers pride themselves on keeping their product organic, hormone free and pesticide free. Not only is this beneficial to the consumer, it’s also beneficial to the environment. Keeping harmful toxins, like pesticides, and artificial fertilizers, out of our soil.

Check out these local Farmers Markets: - Pinecrest Wayside Market: Mon- Fri 7:00 AM- 6:30 PM. Sunday 7:00 AM- 5:30 PM.

- Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market: Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

- Pinecrest Gardens:

Wash on Cold

This makes a big difference, and most modern washers do an equally fine job of getting clothes clean cold. Likewise, try to hang dry items when you can—skipping the tumble dryer can nix around 60% of energy used on laundry.

Make a Compost Bin

Put your biodegradable products, such as fruit or vegetable scraps in a bin instead of throwing them away in your garbage. This will help cut down the amount of garbage, as well as eventually produce healthy, nutrient filled soil for your garden/landscape.

Use LEDs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. They'll also save you a huge amount of money on your energy bill.

Meatless Mondays

Skipping out on eating meet for just one day a week can have a surprisingly huge impact on the environment. According to the Earth Day Network, eating one less burger a week for a year has the same environmental impact as taking your car off the road for 320 miles.