The following is a guest post by Cass, a full-time wellness blogger, social media consultant, and brand strategist. You can find Cass' website at wellnessrookie.com.
"Going green" is all the rage.
People are joining this environmental movement everyday. They are doing things such as having multiple recycling bins, carpooling every day to work, switching to greener appliances, and using all organic home, beauty, and skincare products in an effort to save the planet.
Even though this greener lifestyle is extremely beneficial to Planet Earth, it's also extremely hard to do - especially for those who have never tried it before. A lot of people often think they have to go all-out in order to "go all green", but that's actually far from the truth.
Going green doesn't mean being perfect. It means being better about reducing your waste, reusing your items, and recycling your products - whatever that looks like for you.
For those of us that wish to go green but don't know where to start, I've got 10 easy ways to start incorporating a greener lifestyle into your daily routine. You'll be surprised at just how easy some of these really are.
1. Eat The Yolks
Despite health claims, throwing away the yolk can be very harmful for the planet and for your health. Tossing the yolk is not only wasteful, but you're also missing out on the key nutrients and healthy fats that come from this part of the egg.
2. File Your Taxes Electronically
It's that time of year. Instead of filing your taxes the old-fashioned way, do it online! There are some very user-friendly platforms out there such as Turbo Tax and H+R Block that make filing your taxes a breeze. You could even ask your accountant to do it for you!
Bring Your Own Mug. Instead of getting a to-go cup every single time you grab a latte, hide a few reusable coffee mugs in your car to give to your barista. Some shops even give you a discount for bringing your own!
4. Reuse Your Health-Ade Bottles
This one came about after I needed a water bottle for a spin class and all I had in my car was an empty Health-Ade bottle. It ended up being a perfect substitute! You could even store bone broth, iced coffee, or tea in them as well.
5. Buy Houseplants
Having houseplants brings more clean air into your home, which reduces the toxins you breathe. More oxygen in the air allows you to breathe easier, think clearer, and even sleep better.
6. Take The Stairs
Next time you're tempted to use the elevator, don't! By taking the stairs, you're reducing the energy those elevators and escalators use on a regular basis. You'll also get a mini workout in, and who doesn't love that?
7. Freeze Your Extra Coffee
Instead of tossing those extra 2 cups down the drain in the morning, try freezing them in ice cube trays. You can then toss them into your smoothies or iced coffees.
8. Go Paperless
Your bills can create up to 69 pounds of paper waste every year. Switch to paperless, and show the planet some love.
9. Shop Local
There's a lot of gas, energy, power, and electricity that goes to waste when things are transported from other cities, states and countries. The less distance something has to travel, the less waste is created. Shop local!
10. Continue to Educate Yourself
Going green isn't easy, and it doesn't happen overnight. By continuing to educate yourself on the different ways you can help the environment, you'll continually get closer and closer to living a greener lifestyle.
After losing a parent in 2013, Cass began blogging as a way to express her stress and emotions. Little did she know, this online outlet would open up a whole new world of opportunities as well as an exciting and meaningful career path in the digital space.
Cass is now a full-time wellness blogger, social media consultant, and brand strategists who specializes in developing authentic communities both online and off. When she's not trail running down a mountain or grabbing a drink with a friend, you can find Cass tucked away in her Bozeman home, sipping her Cayenne Cleanse, and writing about all things real, relatable, and healthy.