City living isn’t exactly synonymous with sustainability, but there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and “go green.” Below I share some small steps you can take to live a more green lifestyle right here in Boston.
- Ride a bike or walk. Bike shares are becoming increasingly popular with several options available. And Boston ranks high up in terms of walkability. Biking and walking are not only good for the environment, they’re good for your health. Check my post about ways living in Boston can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
2. BYOC. Get a reusable coffee cup and bring it to your go-to coffee shop for your morning latte. Some coffee shops even offer discounts for bringing your own cup.
3. Ditch the Fiji water and invest in a reusable water bottle. Here are some of the top-rated bottles available on Amazon.
4. Reusable shopping bags. Cities around the nation are banning plastic bags. It’s only a matter of time before Boston jumps on board. There are some really unique ones to match your style available on Etsy.
5. Shop local. Support your local economy and small-business owners. This list of the best local shops is from a 2018 holiday-guide, but I say they’re good for any day of the year.
6. Community gardens. Did you know there are over 55 community gardens in Boston? Check out the full list here.
7. Make your own cleaning products. Hit up your local grocery store, buy some reusable bottles and ingredients (usually some combination of a vinegar and essential oils) and say goodbye to harsh, toxic chemical cleaners and their plastic packaging. Here are some easy recipes to try out.
What are some of the ways you live “green” in the city? Let me know in the comments.