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Eco-Journey: Eco-Expert

At EarthHero, we know that the switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle is a journey, and that everyone is on different points along that journey. That’s okay! That means that there are new people joining the sustainability movement every day, and there are also people who have kept up with sustainable living for years.

We have the information, tips & tricks, and the products you need in order to make this transition as smooth as possible! We’ve put together three blogs that will help map out a path to bump your sustainability to the next level. Don’t know where you’d fit? Take our super simple “How Zero Waste Are you?” quiz to get an idea of where you might be!

Level 1: “Room to Grow
Level 2: “Getting Greener
Level 3: “Eco Expert”

So, you’re an Eco-Expert! You’ve made sustainability part of your everyday lifestyle, always looking for ways to reduce your own impact, as well as create positive change. Sometimes, you might even find that it’s a little stressful carrying that weight on your shoulders–but don’t worry. We’re here to help you make the most of your eco-friendly lifestyle, and help you share sustainability with others.

While reading, keep in mind that this blog is a tool for you. Make it yours! Already know something we’re sharing, or do something we’re recommending? Skip to the next section! We recommend using this to find ways to improve that fit with your journey. Feel free to read all 3 Eco-Journey blogs, and just take away bits from any of them that you can implement in your life. Then, a few months later, reread, and see what else you can try next!

Level 3: Eco-Expert

This section is going to dive into the steps that take sustainability to the next level. We’re starting with some of the swaps that may take a little extra effort on your part, but that get you that extra step towards a minimalist, low impact lifestyle. Then, we’ll even dive into the mentality that accompanies these actions, and how to share the movement with your friends and family. Now, you’re an eco-expert, too, so share your own experiences in the comments below to help others live their best sustainable lifestyle!

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Part 1: A little extra work

Wanting to go the extra mile can take a little extra work, but it’s worth the effort! Did you know that the average newborn uses about 2,500 diapers per year? You can reduce tons of unnecessary landfill waste by switching your baby’s diaper to a reusable one! Try out some reusable cotton rounds, or add a Cora Ball to your laundry routine to stop microplastics from your clothing from entering our waterways! Take the extra step and implement some of these tips into your daily life.

Blogs to read:

How to use Cloth Diapers

Products to discover:

Cora Ball Microfiber Laundry Ball
Castile Dish Soap Block
Reusable ‘Unpaper” Towels
Organic Cotton Facial Rounds
Reusable Menstrual Pads
Reusable Diapers

Part 2: Greener Groceries

Back in our “Where to Start” blog, we dove into food waste and how to plan your meals smarter and reduce how much you throw away. Have you experienced the bulk aisle at your local grocery store? By shopping in bulk, you reduce unnecessary packaging, and can usually save money doing so! Just remember to bring your produce and bulk bags, and keep your tare weights handy so you don’t end up paying for the weight of the bags at checkout. Don’t know what that means? Read the blog below!

Blog to read:

10 Tips to Buy in Bulk
Reducing Plastic in the Grocery Store

Products to Discover:

Produce Bags
Reusable Grocery Bags

Part 3: DIY

A great way to make yourself more aware of what goes into your every day products is to make them yourself! Whether you stick with your DIY recipe or choose other sustainable options, these recipes are fun to try!

Blog to read:

Life Hacks for a Zero Waste Home

Products to discover:

Reusable Glass Cleaning Bottle

Part 4: Combat Eco-Anxiety

You’re what current society would call ‘woke’, which makes it really easy to feel the weight of the world sometimes! You’re taking phenomenal actions everyday and you feel amazing (and should!) for having accomplished so much, yet you’re bombarded with climate change and pollution news daily and starting to feel upset that you can’t do more.

Sometimes it can be especially difficult if your friends and family aren’t as on board as you are (though you’ve always got a friend in us!) Learning how to navigate the emotional and relational challenges of sustainability is definitely a Level 3 topic, so read on!

Blog to read:

How to Handle Eco-Anxiety + Green Guilt
How to Talk to Friends and Family About Sustainability

It is important to remember that sustainability looks different for everyone. We all don’t have access to the same resources and can’t do EVERYTHING that is suggested for sustainable living. This is okay! Every action from every individual matters, so just keep looking for solutions that work for your life and don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to do everything. What new tips and trick did you learn that you want to try?

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