Living in Portland, Oregon, a town where sustainable living is huge, we are exposed to renewable lifestyle practices on a daily basis. Since we moved here many years ago, we’ve been trying to infuse sustainable life choices into our lives as much as we can. I can not claim we are perfect at it of course; there is always room for improvement.
Learning about Tetra Pak’s Renewable Living Experiment, I was inspired to complete
challenges towards a more renewable lifestyle. These simple steps become habitual the more they are practiced; and I love knowing the easy to carry out habits help protect the earth’s natural resources. Ready to see the easy, everday changes I took on the past couple weeks?
1) Bike and Walk Instead of Driving Whenever Possible
It’s a known fact that transportation is one of the largest contributors to our carbon footprint. The residents of my city are amazing with this step to renewable lifestyle; there are bikers everywhere. Other than recreational biking with my kids, I can’t say that I use my bike as a means of transportation.
To complete this challenge, I decided to walk more, especially for short distances, instead of grabbing my car keys every time. I already walk, and run quite a bit for exercise. Other than that tough, I noticed I could walk more to and from places. I started walking when I wanted to grab a quick coffee from my neighborhood Starbucks, or when I want to pick up a slice of pizza. Being in the open air makes me feel great, and I love knowing that walking is an environmentally friendly choice. I highly recommend it ladies!
2) When Grocery Shopping Choose Food & Beverage Products With Renewable Packaging
Making the choice of purchasing recyclable packaging like paper cartons is one of the easiest steps we can take which will have a big impact in protecting the planets limited supply of natural resources.Tetra Pak cartons, like the food items I use seen above, are mainly made from paper, a renewable resource that can be naturally replenished.
Sticking to this challenge was easy for me, and I encourage you to pay attention to your packaging choices at your next visit to the grocery store too.
3) Take Shorter Showers
Water is a precious resource, and vital for us to survive, and thrive. I read that an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. Think about it; if we shorten our showers by 2 minutes, we can cut our water use by 10 gallons.
This was the most difficult task for me as you may have read before I love my baths. Every other day, sometimes every single day, I take some much needed mom time for myself to relax, and reenergize.
For this challenge, I cut down my baths to twice a week, and also shortened my showers to a couple minutes. Not only was it doable but it also made me feel happy that I made a good change.
Would you like to try cutting back your shower time? Even a couple minutes will be helpful.
4) Swap Your Paper Cup With a Mug or a Tumbler
This is an easy choice that will save many trees. Most of the time, I take one of my favorite tumblers ( of course I have a variety in different colors to use depending on my outfits haha) to the coffee shop and have them fill it with coffee, or tea. Besides being a sustainable choice, the tumbler also keeps my beverage hot much longer. It’s a win win choice. <3
Do you use tumblers daily?
5) Take the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz
I took the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz. It is a fun way to notice some of our habits, and get educated in how they impact the environment. I encourage you to take it here as well. <3 In celebration of International Happiness Day on March 20, I encourage everyone to make simple renewable lifestyle changes to live happier while protecting our earth.
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Ladies I want to hear from you now! What kind of sustainable choices do you make? Which simple steps do you take to make a good impact on the environment? Would love to know!
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