Living A More Sustainable Lifestyle
Us millennials, we’re obsessed with being happy. Happiness is that thing we’re constantly searching for.
But we seem to think that the key to happiness is stuff like money, beauty, vacations, cars, fancy and expensive things…but as it turns out, green living is also one one of those things that can make su really happy!
According to recent studies, we have the power to be happier and to protect the earth’s resources through some simple, renewable lifestyle behaviors. Because of that, our friends over at Tetra Pak are doing everything they can right now to bring awareness to renewable living, and to help us see that even little things make a big impact on our lives and the world around us.
To do that, they’ve come up with a series of Tetra Pak challenges, all of which I’ve spent the last couple of weeks doing, and they’ve been great, because we often think that we have to make huge lifestyle changes to help out our planet, but every little bit helps, and it’s just a matter of making small conscious choices…that’s what we can all do to help.
Here’s what these choices looked like for me:
Take Shorter Showers
I’m one of those people who could easily take 30 minutes in the shower, so this challenge was a little hard for me. At first, I tried cutting my showers down to 5 minutes, and that failed miserably. Instead of feeling accomplished, I just felt stressed out and anxious. No bueno.
So the next day, I just focused on trying to cut my shower time by a little bit. And you know what? I got my shower time down to about 10 minutes. This gave me enough time to properly shower while still enjoying the relaxation that shower time gives me.
It was also nice, because with the extra 20 minutes that I would have normally spent continuing my shower, I made it a habit to make myself a cup of tea and sit on my couch doing absolutely nothing. And okay, maybe sometimes it was ice cream instead of tea.
Regardless, it was an extra 20 minutes to myself to unwind, and I can say that I now look forward to that WAY MORE than a 30 minute shower.
So I definitely recommend you give this one a shot. It’s really easy, takes minimum effort, and helps reduce your use of water. It’ll get you feeling like you’re positively contributing to the environment, and hey, it’ll also lower your water bill!
Bike Or Walk Whenever Possible
Joe and I live in Miami, but not like the Miami that you see in movies. No, not Miami Beach, not in the part of Miami where you see everyone out on bikes and scooters or out walking their dogs by the beach. I wish.
Instead, we live in the suburbs, in a part of town where you can’t really walk anywhere. We do have a really nice bike trail though, in the back of our house, and we try to use that whenever possible.
So during this challenge, I did take some walks after work, and let me tell you something, I’ve loved them! I work in an office Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, and on any given day, it’s totally possible for me to go the entire workday without being outside or even seeing what the sky looks like. Yea, it’s mildly depressing sometimes, so these walks after work did so much for me.
They definitely improved my mood, and they gave me that quite time I needed to just enjoy nature (as corny as that sounds) which allowed me to reflect on my day. So give this challenge a shot too, and whenever you can, take a walk and take some time to slow down! We live in such a busy, fast-paced world, and it would do us all some good to slow down and take in all the good stuff around us that we too often take for granted.
Swap Paper Coffee Cups For A Mug
I’ll never understand how humans at work can go through so many paper coffee cups. I mean, at work, we’re constantly ordering stacks and stacks of coffee cups, and before the week’s even done, they’re all gone! So during this challenge, I stopped grabbing paper cups, and instead, I used this guy!
Love that mug!
It’s funny how something as simple as a mug can bring a little happiness to your life. I mean, would I prefer to look at THAT on my desk everyday, or a boring paper cup? That’s an easy one. Not only did it make me happier, but it also cleared my desk of the clutter that usually results from me having 5 different cups on my desk at any given time! Lovingly clutter-free decor now.
So find a mug that you love, and stop killing trees. You’ll feel better about helping the planet, and you’ll have something fun to look at throughout your sometimes boring workday.
Choose Products With Renewable Packaging (Like Cartons) When Shopping
Now this was a really easy challenge for me, because as it turns out, there are a lot of food and beverage products that you can pick up with renewable packaging.
I did my weekly grocery haul at Trader Joes for this challenge, and I wasn’t disappointed.
They added to my Tetra Pak stash which were other products I had in my pantry with renewable packaging.
It’s funny, because this isn’t something that we often pay too much attention to, but now that I know that renewable packaging can have such an impact on the environment, I’m all about it! Tetra Pak cartons are mainly made from paper, a renewable resource that can be naturally replenished, so that meansTetra Pak’s carton packaging helps protect our planet’s limited supply of natural resources, and that’s always a good thing!
Take The Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz
So I took the Tetrra Pak Happiness Quiz and apparently I’m doing just fine! I’ve struck a good balance and I “understand that being a healthy, happy human stems from an awareness of how preserving natural resources affect the planet and future generations.” Way to go, me!
Now it’s your turn! Take the quiz and see how in-tune you are to your happiness and the environment!
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