Sustainability Challenges for Earth Month — Brit + Co

In our fast-paced, consumerist world, it’s easier than it should be to waste, and we’re always looking for green (and simple) changes we can make. In honor of Earth Month (and earth day April 22), we’ve rounded up 30 challenges that will educate, reduce waste, and even help you save money. From the exhaustion of your leftover food to be more intentional with your gas emissions, try one of these durabilitychallenges every day of April, and continue them throughout the year. Let’s go!

30 sustainability challenges for April

  1. Use stainless steel straws: Instead of throwing away plastic straws, invest in a set of stainless steel straws. This way you can use, wash and repeat!
  2. Shop with a reusable bag: Bring your own bag to the grocery store instead of carrying home a paper or plastic bag.
  3. Text you receipts: In cafes and shops, choose the “text me” option to avoid throwing away a paper receipt.
  4. Read a book on sustainability by a WOC: Learn about sustainability from an expert or someone who lives a zero waste lifestyle.
  5. Wash in cold water cycle: Cold water in the washing machine uses less energy, and is actually better for delicate fabrics and dark colors than hot water.
  6. Shop used: Grabbing something someone else has already used prevents those items from ending up in a landfill *and* reduces quickmode production.
  7. Choose sustainable fashion: If you want to buy something new, instead of shopping at fast fashion retailers, buy all the items you might need from a sustainable fashion brand like Sezane, Reformation, MATTER the label, Navy layer, girlfriend collectiveor others.
  8. Buy seasonal products: By buying seasonal products, you reduce the energy costs of long-distance transport. Chances are it’ll be cheaper *and* you’ll be supporting local farmers.
  9. Get a reusable water bottle: Ditch single-use plastic bottles in favor of a reusable bottle which will last you at least a few years.
  10. DIY oat milk in a glass bottle: Oat milk is surprisingly easy to prepare. Make it yourself and store it in a glass bottle to reduce your waste.
  11. Follow a sustainability activist: If you are active on social media, find a sustainability activist who will offer you inspirations and tips and tricks every time you call.
  12. Buy a menstrual cup/reusable menstrual products: There are tons of reusable period products to choose from, and in addition to being gentler on your body, they are more durable and much cheaper in the long run.
  13. DIY beauty products: Build DIY face mask or sprinkle a mixture of cocoa powder and cornstarch on your roots instead of a dry shampoo.
  14. Buy in store: While it’s easy to shop online from the comfort of your couch, go to the store to save yourself the hassle of paper, tape and boxes your shipments will arrive in.
  15. Recycle old clothes: Cut the ankles of your skinny jeans and add printed fabric for a unique look wide upcycled trousers. Embroider a top that looks more like you or make a quilt out of all the old camp shirts you don’t wear but can’t part with.
  16. Go on an experience date: Instead of buying takeout or having a coffee, take a walk or browse a bookstore.
  17. bulk groceries: Products like nuts, frozen foods, and canned goods can be purchased in bulk, which is both cheaper in the long run and less wasteful than a pile of prepackaged bags.
  18. Turn off the air conditioning and passively cool your home: Reduce your electric bill by using passive cooling methods to keep your space comfortable. All you have to do is close your curtains during sunny hours to avoid heating the air inside your space. Then open your windows at night to let in the fresh air!
  19. Use empty candle jars as decoration: Candles these days are so cute – turn the jars into decor to store your makeup brushes or even Hershey kisses!
  20. turn off the lights: When you leave a room, turn off the lights to avoid unnecessary waste. You can also try keeping the lights off until sunset. Your wallet will thank you!
  21. Carpooling: Get in the car with a friend or family member to save money on gas, take up less parking space and reduce gas emissions.
  22. Use reusable utensils: Besides the fact that reusable utensils Reduce waste, you can also get them in super cute colors. It’s a win-win in our book.
  23. Cycling or walking around town: If you can, ditch your car altogether and cycle or walk all over town instead! Train and race at the same time.
  24. Compost food scraps: Everybody can compost, even if you live in a very small apartment! Compost eggshells, banana peels and coffee grounds. They break down naturally instead of sitting in a landfill and are a great addition to garden soil. If you live in a big city, chances are there’s a composting service you can sign up for to take your trash away at the end of each week.
  25. Use Tupperware/silicone pouches: With alternatives like Tupperware and silicone bagsyou’ll never have to throw away another plastic bag again.
  26. Sew worn clothes: Just because your toe is sticking out of your sock or you have a hole in your shirt doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it! Discover our online sewing lessons or Google some beginner tips to fix them yourself.
  27. Get a library card: Instead of ordering books from Amazon, get a library card! Plus, you won’t have to find a place to store all your books.
  28. Become vegetarian/vegan: A vegan or vegetarian diet consumes much less water than a meat diet. Even doing two vegan recipes a week can help the environment and can also have a positive effect on your health!
  29. Record all your runs for a single trip: Instead of driving multiple times in a few days, figure out all the places you need to go, figure out the best route, and do it all in one go.
  30. Get shampoo bars: Shampoo bars are a way to cut down on plastic shampoo bottles while keeping your hair clean.

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