The family that plays together, stays together... and the family that adds a little silliness to their sustainability goals can help the new habits stick.
That's why we've got a few seriously silly suggestions to help you green your daily routines.
1. SING IN THE (MUCH SHORTER) SHOWER
Taking shorter showers lowers your water consumption. Switching to bar soap instead of body wash saves plastic. And reading the labels to ensure you are not sending more phosphates down the drain makes the seas safer for the whales to sing in.
Speaking of singing: A little shower karaoke makes a great built in timer for your shower. Aim for 3 songs... unless you are a Phish fan: then you might want to keep it to one epic jam. Singing every day also has surprising side benefits as a mood lifter and a stress buster.
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2. BREAK YOUR FAST WITH FUNNY FACES
Breakfast foods make perfect composting materials. Set aside those banana peels, fruit leftovers, coffee grounds and egg shells to enrich your summer garden. Get the kids on board by crafting some funny face breakfast toasts with local fruits and veggies.
Here's some more toasty treat ideas to keep the inspiration flowing.
3. ROCK OUT ON YOUR RIDE
You know that two wheels is better than four when it comes to your morning commute. But staying motivated for a daily bike ride can be a challenge.
Turn your bike commute into a full-on party on wheels with a water bottle speaker or some blinky disco lights.
Save a little on your ride-rocking upgrades at these local bike stores.
4. HAVE A LOVELY LOW-IMPACT LUNCH
A low impact lunch kit assembled from vintage and upcycled containers can ensure that you waste less food, turning last night's leftovers into today's mid-day meal. Take it along when you get takeout to avoid creating more trash.
Pro tip: if you assemble a lunch kit you truly love, you'll be less likely to lose it and more likely to use it each day.
A second hand store is a great place to find vintage containers, upcycled cloth napkins and flatware.
Try one of these thrifty spots.
5. THINK GLOBAL, DRINK LOCAL FOR HAPPY HOUR
Craft breweries support local food systems and are resourceful about recycling their spent grains for animal feed and other uses, making them a great sustainable choice for after hours beers. You'll often find them experimenting with beer styles from around the world... so why not practice saying cheers in a different language for each round?
Here's a cheat sheet for L'chaim-ing in 50 different languages.
Hunting for a local drinking hole with true sustainability bona fides? Prost!
6. BUST OUT THE PUBLIC TRANSIT BINGO
If after work drinks have left you too tipsy to bike home, it may be time to choose the second most sustainable commuter option: public transit.
Here are a few printable bus bingo cards to help you while away the ride.
7. SHAPE UP YOUR SUPPER
We know that minimizing meat also minimizes the natural resources required to produce your food. So a veggie-forward dinner is an excellent idea, environmentally speaking. Serve up more smiles with your supper by cutting the vegetables into sweet shapes first.
Here are a few more ways to make your food more amusing with cookie cutters.
9. HAVE AN ENCHANTED & ENERGY-WISE EVENING
When the sun goes down we tend to crank the heat and light up the night. Ease up on the energy use by lowering the lights and bringing the family together for a blanket fort book club. Reading together has been shown to forge deeper bonds and spark great conversations.
Need blanket fort inspiration? We've got you covered.
10. GO TO BED WITH GRATITUDE
Before you call it a night, take a moment to unplug any electronics and small household appliances: they tend to sip energy even when not in use. Consider ganging multiple items onto one power strip to disconnect them with a single button.
As you turn things off and put them away, take a moment to notice and thank each of the possessions (from your toaster to your favorite sweater) that make life a little easier. It may feel a little silly... but honoring the objects you have will encourage you to take care of them and lead to them lasting longer over time.
We hope you've enjoyed our tips for a greener daily routine.
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