It’s no secret: we as a nation generate a lot of trash. If we all make a few small changes, it would really make a big difference over time. Here is a list of 5 easy life hacks to help you go a little greener this year.
Take advantage of all the technology we have at our disposal! Gone are the days where you need to receive paper bills or statements. You can start by signing up to receive your credit union statements electronically. The same goes for travel – you can easily track all your confirmations and itineraries through a mobile app instead of printing off your tickets.
Don’t forget your reusable bags for grocery shopping
Once thrown away, plastic bags tend to be burned, which emit toxic gases, or dumped in a landfill. Instead of plastic, switch to a reusable bag. Not only do environmentally friendly bags fit more, they also carry more weight. Keep one or two in your car at all times for all of those unplanned grocery trips.
Clean your showerhead (without chemical cleaners)
Tie a bag of vinegar around your showerhead and leave it there overnight, by the time you wake up in the morning your showerhead will be as good as new!
Charge your phone faster
In our mobile and modern world, it’s hard to imagine going anywhere without your phone. So what do you do when it’s dying and you need a quick charge? Two words – airplane mode. Regardless of whether you have an iPhone or Android, this life hack is for you. The next time your phone is on the verge of dying, place your device on airplane mode while it’s charging, and voila! Sit back and watch your phone charge at super speed. This saves you time and uses less electricity.
Recycle bread clips to label and organize
Stop spending time trying to figure out which cable is tied to which device; organize all those cables behind your television set or computer by using recycled bread clips. Just simply get a permanent marker and write which device the cable belongs to on the bread clip. Then, secure the bread clip to the end of cable.
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