Easy & Realistic Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Easy & Realistic Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly

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When people think of being environmentally friendly they think in extremes. Being environmentally conscious doesn't mean that you have to shop solely at thrift stores, go dumpster diving, & never shower again. Living a greener, more eco-friendly life can be done! Take a look at these easy & realistic ways to be more environmentally friendly!


1. Time Your Showers

How long are your showers? Sometimes I find myself mindlessly staring into the stream of water thinking about the meaning of life, unknowingly wasting two minutes. Simply use a timer or tell Siri to set an alarm for 10 minutes. Hop in the shower & get out once the alarm rings. In time it becomes easier to make the deadline & you'll go over less. My showers are about 10 minutes long now — down from 15+!

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2. Unplug

Go around to each of your rooms & see what's plugged in. It adds up! In my own bedroom there was: my camera charger, the TV, one phone charger, my laptop charger, Fred's XBox, my mini diffuser, & two lamps plugged in. I immediately unplugged all unused items. Unplugging unused gizmos can make a difference, even if by just a few watts. This can help save energy, which saves you money!

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3. Switch to Tube Free Toilet Paper

It's simple, easy, & requires hardly any effort. Getting tubeless toilet paper doesn't involve much work, but it makes a huge impact over time. Did you know we use over 17 billion toilet paper tubes each year? That's an insane number! Scott Tube-Free Tissue* can help you reduce your environmental waste since there's no tube to toss.

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I found Scott Tube-Free Tissue at Rite Aid in the Home Care section by the facial tissues & toilet paper. The tissue is cushiony soft for your comfort. I get a kick out of seeing the tube-free tissue simply roll off the toilet paper holder. It ended up saving me time since I don't have to throw away the tube; you only need to add a new roll.


4. Go Vegetarian

I recently celebrated 11 years of being vegetarian! Woohoo! Going veg can reduce rain forest destruction, pollution, & greenhouse gases, while saving water & other precious resources. If you look up "vegetarian calculator" it can calculate the number of animals you've saved & CO2 reduction from being vegetarian. In my 11 years, I've saved 2,222 animals & 2,145 lbs of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

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5. Unsubscribe from Your Junk Mail

Is your mailbox constantly cluttered by junk mail or promotional materials? Advertising mail accounts for 59% of all mail that Americans receive, & only half of that mail is even read. Nobody needs junk mail. It serves no positive purpose; it's a waste of space & resources. Unsubscribe from it all. Type in "stop junk mail" into your browser & get yourself off of those annoying mailing lists.

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See? Being environmentally friendly doesn't have to be ridiculously difficult. From timing your showers to going tube-free, there are so many simple ways to change your daily habits for the better. Everything little thing helps.

Do you shop at Rite Aid? How do you try to be eco-friendly? :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. & its advertiser. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]


  1. these are all great tips and all doable apart from giving up meat. I dont eat it every day of course but I do enjoy the occasional steak :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. I totally agree with unplugging everything! When I moved into my flat I made sure to get those power outlets that have a on/off switch, so I could switch off my tv, etc. during the day. Still, I´m very much guilty of showering for too long. I´m just always cold, so you can´t beat a hot shower!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

  3. Love this post! I think it's so important to be environmentally conscious! I always unplug things to save on my electric bill! Great tips!


  4. Excellent tips!!! I've been thinking about cutting out meat for a while now, and this is a great incentive! #client

  5. These are excellent tips - I love how they're specific too, not just vague recommendations like "recycle more." I have to say, I got really excited when I first heard about tubeless toilet paper, as the amount of trees used to make toilet paper is something I've thought about an embarrassingly high amount of times. To make unplugging easier on myself, I've started plugging everything in each room into one or two powerstrips and then unplugging the strip when I leave a room - so much faster than individually unplugging everything!

    Kate | girlinthebluejacket.blogspot.com

  6. Loved this post! So different and fresh. Great tips!

    Kate x | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

  7. This is such a great idea for a post. Definitely searching for that toilet paper.

    Things that I do to reduce my carbon foot print: recycle, walk if I can avoid driving, and request paperless bill statements.


  8. Funnily enough I have actually started timing my showers out of curiosity and so I'll be sure from now on to take it a step further and be more environmentally friendly on that front - less time daydreaming in the shower! haha :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  9. That's a good idea to time showers! I'm the worst for taking long showers in the winter because it's so darn cold everywhere else! But such a good idea to set and alarm and try and stick to it... as best you can. Plus if you have to pay for water it will definitely save you money!
    My boyfriend is the absolute WORST at unplugging things. He'll leave everything plugged in and lights on and it drives me nuts haha - but definitely going around and removing anything that's sucking power is a great idea.
    Had no idea that they made tubeless toilet paper - that's a pretty neat concept. I know so many people that just throw the cardboard tubes in the trash.


  10. Such awesome tips! Timing showers is such a good idea, as is unsubscribing from junk mail <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  11. Timing showers is a great idea, I put music on while I shower so the time definitely gets away from me!


  12. These are amazing tips :) I really need these :)


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  14. These are some amazing tips! I've been a vegetarian for about 14 years now and it's been wonderful. I actually do many of these things you suggested but thank you for the reminder again. Thanks for sharing Hun! x

    Ann-Marie |

  15. Do you do Meatless Monday? It's just a little event thingie to promote going meatless just once in a week. Cutting down helps too. :]

  16. I know what you mean. The shower one is tough. The warmth can be so cozy. :]

  17. Exactly, there are so many little things we can do that ultimately add up. :]

  18. You could start with Meatless Monday if you don't want to make the leap to fully cutting it out. :]

  19. Thank Kate. Specificity helps, that's for sure. I'm genuinely loving the tubeless toilet paper & actually saw a lot of it when I visited Portland. It's such a simple way to make an impact. Love your power strip idea!!! :]

  20. Paperless bills are a great way to go. We really don't need paper versions anymore! :]

  21. Less daydreaming in the shower, that's for sure. There are plenty of other daydreaming spots (that use less water). :]

  22. I know! I love the coziness of the shower but we have to get out eventually! I am guilty of throwing the toilet paper tubes away, so at least I can eliminate that one totally with the tubeless version. :]

  23. I do too! You could time it by only showering to three songs, then get out. :]

  24. That's awesome. Vegetarians unite. :]


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