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If you think that the only way to be eco-friendly is by making huge changes to your lifestyle – think again. Doing your part for a sustainable future doesn’t always mean hard work. Here are a few simple things anyone can do to help themselves and the planet!

Share them with your friends and family to spread the movement and create even bigger change 🙂

Open a Green Financial Account:

Big banks invest in all types of corporations to make money, including ones associated with fossil fuels. Some financial institutions, like Aspiration, are different. They take pride in the fact that they avoid these investments. Plus, with Aspiration, you can choose to round up your purchases to the nearest whole dollar. These donations are used to plant trees. This is great for busy people who want to donate to the fight against deforestation – no reminders or extra time needed!

Limit Unnecessary Paper Mail:

Do you get a lot of paper mail that you don’t need? Especially if you live in an apartment, you may get catalogs to stores you never shop at, coupons you can just as easily receive online, and maybe even notices addressed to the prior residents. It isn’t only annoying to have to throw out all of Fred’s phone plan upgrade offers, it’s also incredibly wasteful

You can submit “unsubscribe requests” to companies in order to be taken off their mailing lists. Though it may seem like such a small action, reducing the amount of paper wasted in junk mail can really add up! Just reach out by email to the companies to be taken off the lists. Or, for a small fee, there is an app called PaperKarma that handles this for you. Simply take a picture of the junk mail and submit it through the app. PaperKarma submits the unsubscribe requests on your behalf to make the process even easier!

Switch to an Eco-Friendly Web Browser:

Odds are, you search a lot of things on the internet each day. Did you know that you could help plant trees by doing so? It may sound crazy, but there is a search engine that does exactly this. Ecosia is a browser extension that uses its profits to plant trees in areas of the world that need it. It’s super simple to install, and once it’s set up no more action is required. Any time you make a web search, you help fund the planting of a tree. It’s as simple as that!

Download an App to Collect Spare Change:

Although this one is less related to environmental impact, it’s a GREAT move to make for your personal and financial life! If you find saving money to be difficult, consider making small investments through an app like Acorns. Acorns allows you to round up to the nearest dollar on your purchases. It takes this money and invests it, so the money can collect and grow. Sometimes it can be difficult to plan for savings or take time to learn how to manage investments, so having an automatic, hands-off option is great for those who are just starting out!

Install Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs:

You may have heard about energy efficient light bulbs before, for good reason! Installing these around your home is such an easy way to conserve energy daily, which means helping the planet AND saving money on energy bills. They typically use 25% to 80% less energy than a standard light bulb, and can last for up to 25 times longer depending on which brand you buy. 

You can find energy-efficient bulbs at almost any department store near you, or order them online. Remember that you can save even more energy by turning lights off when you leave a room, or by using natural lights from windows and even candlelight whenever possible!

Have any other simple, environmentally conscious ideas that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below, we’d love to read them! Also, if you haven’t already, please Take the Pledge to contribute to a healthy, sustainable future for yourself and planet Earth 🙂


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