We’ve established that going green is no easy feat, no matter how you look at it.
In my journey thus far, I’ve found a bunch of ways to make it easier and several to make it more difficult on myself than necessary.
To date, THE biggest and most important tip that I could give anyone who is going green?
DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF.
Seriously, calm down. Take a breath. Don’t dive in head-first.
I know you want to DIY All. Of. The. Things.
I know, because I’m chomping at the bit to make all sorts of stuff from homemade toothpaste to cold process solid dish soap.
Instead of loading your Amazon or Etsy cart up with all of the green goodies you think you need, do these things instead:
3 Simple Tricks to Going Green Easily, Affordably, and (mostly) Stress-Free
1. Take An Inventory
Start by taking a full inventory of all the items you are looking to transition to a green alternative.
This could be anything from your shampoo and conditioner to those Clorox bleach wipes that you use with reckless abandon (I do, too).
Feel free to use my personal Goals as a guideline.
Your inventory should outline the product, the amount of product left or the approximate amount of time before it runs out, and whether the container is reusable.
Follow that up by making a list of the green alternatives you intend to purchase or make based on the inventory list. Use the approximate time marked in your inventory to guess when you may need to purchase these items. Feel free to mark the approximate price of the alternative product so you know what you’re in for.
Doing this exercise will help you come to terms with the amount of work you will have to do to go green and the potential investment.
2. Only Purchase When Needed
This should kind of go without saying, but you should restrict yourself to making purchases of green alternatives only when the existing product is either gone or will be gone by the time the new product arrives.
Don’t go crazy by stocking up on unpaper towels or bar soap. Wait until you have an immediate need for the replacement product.
Personally, it is literally killing me to wait on purchasing a bunch of raw ingredients to make some soap, skin oil, and toothpaste powder. But, I know that I don’t need it quite yet, so it’ll sit in my cart and taunt me for a few months.
3. Wait to Buy in Bulk
Buy one, get one half off on [insert awesome green product here].
Sounds great, right?
You have no idea if you’ll like that product. Don’t buy a bunch of something you aren’t familiar with.
- It might make you break out or exacerbate a pre-existing condition.
- It might not be as absorbent as you wanted or expected.
- It might be harder to maintain than you expected.
- It might taste AWFUL.
- Your pets or children might hate it.
There are just SO MANY variables to consider when bringing a new product into your home. So, it makes sense to find out if that product is a perfect fit for you before you buy in bulk.
I’m thankful that I only picked up one jar of this toothpaste powder to try, because it tastes absolutely hateful.
Honestly, I gag every single time I brush my teeth. But, it works great.
Just goes to show you that not everything is as expected.
Wait for it….But Be Excited for the Future
I know that waiting is difficult, but you can still be really excited about the future of going green.
So, if you want to embrace a green living lifestyle without losing your mind or draining your bank account needlessly, bide your time and follow this one simple rule: Don’t get ahead of yourself.
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