March 20, 2024

Sustainable Living for Young Adults: How to Embrace Environmental Consciousness in your 20s.

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“Hot girl summer” may be a thing of the past, but now we’ve got a hot girl planet to worry about.

As the urgency of environmental sustainability becomes increasingly evident, the responsibility falls on us baby adults to pave the way for future generations.

For those of us who have one hand in multiple cookie jars of worthy passions, the transition to eco-friendly living can feel overwhelming. But fear not—contrary to popular belief, embracing sustainability doesn’t always require drastic lifestyle changes or extreme DIY projects (yes, you can breathe; this doesn’t mean you have to make your own soap).

Fortunately, embracing sustainable living doesn’t necessarily require substantial lifestyle changes or grand gestures. Small, incremental steps can make a significant difference over time.

Here are some practical tips to seamlessly integrate eco-friendly practices into your daily routine:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Perhaps obvious to some. It’s a good reminder that you can make an impact by starting small. Start by minimizing waste wherever possible. Opt for reusable items like water bottles, shopping bags, and coffee cups. Embrace recycling and composting to divert waste from landfills.

Conserve Energy: Be mindful of energy consumption in your home. Channel your dad, or maybe my dad, and turn the lights off when you’re not using that space, unplug electronics, and invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Choose Sustainable Transportation: Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation whenever feasible. If you don’t live in a walkable city, consider alternatives to owning a car, such as car-sharing or electric scooters. If you go the electric scooter route, please wear a helmet—speaking from personal experience.

Support Ethical Brands: Shop sustainably. This is my favorite tip because it removes my shopping guilt. Zip it, wallet. I am supporting companies that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices. Look for certifications like Fair Trade, organic, or cruelty-free when shopping for products.

Minimize Single-Use Plastics: Consider moving away from plastic straws, utensils, and packaging whenever possible. Opt for reusable alternatives or choose products made from sustainable materials like glass, metal, or bamboo. I love my emotional support metal water bottle and she stays with me at all times.

Get Involved in Community Initiatives: This step is a win-win. Make friends and support the environment. Join local environmental organizations or volunteer for community clean-up efforts. Engaging with like-minded individuals can provide support and inspiration on your sustainability journey.

Something to remember: the journey toward sustainable living is not about perfection but progress. By taking small, actionable steps and incorporating eco-friendly practices into our daily lives, we can collectively make a significant difference—think of it as laying down a green carpet for the future baby adults.

Incorporating eco-friendly practices into your daily routine isn’t just about Mother Earth (shoutout momma E, we love you girl)—it’s also a big win for your own well-being. You’re raising your collective vibe one mindful decision at a time.

Speaking of good vibes, let’s chat about that homemade soap of yours. You’re playing a risky game of “Will I smell like a rose or a compost heap?” But hey, to each their own, and it’s hard to say anything when you’ve got that eco-friendly charm.

So keep lathering up, eco-warrior—one uniquely scented shower at a time.


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