Changing your lifestyle to help save the planet can seem overwhelming. There’s a lot, and it’s being thrown at us every day - the list of things we can’t do, the list of things we should do and judgments about each option. It’s exhausting!  

 One step you already know is considering fast fashion versus organic and sustainable options. We’re so glad you’ve decided to join us on this journey!  What you may not know is that there is a myriad of simple and easy ways to make your home and life more eco-friendly. These little tips won’t break the bank, and they won’t break the earth! 

 We’ve put together a little list of our favorite solves, but if you have more, we’d love to hear them. Please let us know what awesome tips you have and we’d love to highlight them in our newsletters and social posts.  

  1.  Unplug your TV when not in use. Even better, use power strips and turn them off when not in use.
  2. Let the sunshine in and save on your heating bill and use curtains or blinds to help regulate the interior temperature.
  3. Instead of harsh chemicals, use vinegar or essential oils for a natural way to clean.
  4. Limit the number of times you open up the fridge when looking for a snack or the oven when cooking something. 
  5. Having trouble with fruit flies?  In a small bowl or cup, mix together water with a couple drops of dish soap and a tablespoon or two of cider vinegar. The vinegar will attract the fruit flies, while the dish soap will break the surface tension on the liquid so they will fall in and drown in the water
  6. Here’s another great use of white vinegar if you are having issues with bugs bigger than fruit flies. White vinegar blasts bugs on plants as an ingredient in a homemade soap spray. Mix a 3 cups water, 1 cup vinegar in a spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of dish soap. ... The white vinegar odor is a bonus when you're battling insects sensitive to scent, such as ants.
  7. Choose organic cotton or wool for your bedding. This will also help keep your body temperature a bit more regulated and help you sleep better!
  8. Use rags for cleaning vs. paper towels and cloth napkins.
  9. Speaking of cloth napkins! Use cloth napkins instead of paper or disposable ones. They’re thicker and much more durable, they reduce your trash footprint considerably, which means less energy is used transporting and processing your waste. 
  10. Use cold water when washing your clothes and hang dry if possible. There are a lot of great wooden hanging racks that you can find - we know someone who has had the same drying rack for 30 years! 
  11. Reuse tea bags for your puffy eyes!  Yes, it’s a great way to get another use out of tea bags and they are fantastic for helping reduce puffy eyes. After you make some lovely Earl Grey, let it cool down and then stick the used teabag in the freezer (or fridge). Pull it out after it’s well chilled (or save it for later) and voila! Put on your eyelids for 5-10 minutes and you’ll see a great decrease in puffiness. 
  12. Watch your use of water. Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, reuse water for watering plants, always run a full dishwasher and you’ll see your water bill decline.

 These are a few simple ways to make significant changes without taking a lot of time or costing a lot of money. In fact, we think they will all help you save money too! Helping the earth and saving money!

 At Truth Alone, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and minimizing our impact on the earth. From the selection of our partners, our fabrics, inks, and our logistics, everything we do is with the intent to improve Life and Earth. 

Photo by Toa Heftiba 

August 13, 2019 — Donald Taffurelli

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