When I was a little girl, my dad used to pay me five cents for each piece of litter I picked up on the side of our country road. I would eagerly spend hours outside collecting empty soda cans, beer bottles, and pieces of garbage. The disgusting chore didn’t bother me at all; I was too busy hoping I’d get rich off of others’ littering.
I don’t collect trash on the road as eagerly as I used to, but I am still all for doing my part to keep our planet green. At least I THOUGHT I was doing my part, until I started to really sit down and think about my lifestyle.
How many times have I lazily threw my wine bottles in the garbage because I was too lazy to take out the recycling?
How many times have I taken a half hour shower?
How many times have I bought plastic bottles of water from the store instead of using my eco-friendly bottle?
Facepalm. It seems that being green was only a thing of the past for me.
This past month, Tetra Pak, a global firm that has developed a range of packages to protect both the nutritional value and the taste of the products inside, had challenged me to participate in a few renewable living/green initiatives to bring awareness to their sustainable living mission. I have been more picky with my recent blog partnerships but gladly agreed because it aligns with my mission about living intentionally and purposefully.
Tetra Pak gave me a list of challenges to encourage me to take daily steps toward living a more conscious, renewable lifestyle. The challenges are as follows:
- When grocery shopping, choose food and beverage products with renewable packaging, like cartons
- Take shorter showers
- Bike or walk whenever possible
- Swap my paper coffee cup for a mug
- Take this happiness quiz.
This will be EASY AS CAKE!!!! …or so I thought.
Grocery shopping challenge: Out of all of the challenges, I actually struggled with this one the most. I started off by buying almond milk vs. dairy milk, because my favorite almond milk comes in a carton. I also bought some eggs in a cardboard carton vs. plastic. However, I found that many of my favorite items had packaging that is not eco-friendly.
My grade: C. I did fairly okay, but could have done better. I now feel more encouraged to be wiser about which items I choose to buy!
Taking shorter showers challenge: I am proud to admit that overall, I take pretty speedy showers. Very rarely do I take a shower longer than 7 minutes, unless I have a bad headache and need to the steam to clear my head. I did manage to take a few 5 minute showers here and there.
My grade: A+! I’m actually a rockstar at showering.
Bike/walk challenge: Not trying to make excuses with this one, but my college campus is an hour commute, so there is no way I can walk there. In addition, we ARE talking about it still being winter in Wisconsin. Luckily, we had a rare week where it hit mid 60s. I took advantage by running to my local fitness center instead of driving and saved some gas!
My grade: B. Given the circumstances, I think I did okay. If anything, this challenge reminded me that I don’t always have to be lazy and drive; I DO have legs that work!!
Swapping paper cups for mugs: I’m not really one for buying coffee on the go; I always curl up to my cozy mug at home. Instead, I swapped this challenge for using reusable bottles of water instead of buying a plastic water bottle.
My grade: A-. I went the whole month with using my reusable water bottle. Now I just have to keep up with the habit!
Take the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz:
My grade: Contained Contentment
“Basic happiness is your thing. You’ve got a lot going for you, including unrealized potential. If you don’t know what it is that will unlock your happiness, start with small things. Forty percent of happiness is determined by little things we do and think in daily life. By adopting a few new renewable lifestyle habits, like using less water, you’ll likely boost those happy feels. ”
When Tetra Pak conducted the world’s first social experiment to raise awareness about the importance of renewable materials, the results revealed that making a habit out of even minor renewable lifestyle choices that help preserve resources hints to greater happiness!
How YOU Can Live Sustainably
So there you have it, friends. Overall, this challenge reminded me of the importance of living green. I want to inspire you all to do the same! By changing just one simple habit, you can make a big impact on your life and the world around you! Whether you change how you get to work or simply make different choices at the grocery store, changing one habit can make a difference. Here are some small things you can do to live more eco-friendly:
-Choose products with renewable packaging
-Choose products with renewable materials -those made of natural resources that can be replenished such as paperboard from wood fiber or plastic sugar cane help preserve our precious natural resources
-Walk to work if possible
-Carpool with friends
-Trade in your vehicle for something more gas-effiecent
-Supporting fashion, foods, and other brands that either reuse material or give back
This adorable pencil pouch that I bought is actually made from recycled tarps and tents that have previously been and otherwise be thrown away. HOW NEAT IS THAT!!! I love supporting brands that support good causes.
Oh and in case you didn’t know, Tetra Pak cartons are mainly made from paper, a renewable resource that can be naturally replenished, which ultimately helps protect our planet’s limited supply of natural resources. I’m proud to partner with Tetra Pak today to spread their cause of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle!
Let me ask you- what simple things do YOU do to live green?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.