Whether it’s Earth Day or not, here at Veeda we know that going green isn't just good for the environment, it's also good for us. So here are 7 of our favorite healthy, eco-friendly habits!
- Super Food Swaps: Sub beans or lentils for meat in one meal a week, switch from white rice to brown, and skip the juices in favor of whole fruit. Easy and ecological, these food exchanges will not only make you feel better inside, but give a boost to the environment too.
- Channel Your Inner Chef: Here's another easy swap to make—trade pre-made for a few more home-cooked meals. Restaurant meals and prepackaged foods often use more resources and are less healthy to boot. Control portion sizes, reduce food waste and be sure your meals use sustainable ingredients by making it yourself. And if dinner feels like too much of a challenge tonight, you can still come out ahead with DIY lunches and breakfasts.
- Take A Hike (Or A Bike): Just because you don't bike everywhere doesn't mean you can't reduce your carbon footprint for quick trips and small errands. If it's just going to be a “short drive,” think about hopping on a bike or walking instead. Ditching the car doesn't have to be workout—unless you want it to be!
- Shorten That Shower: Speaking of workouts, cleaning up after one is a good time to use all those water-saving suggestions you've heard through the years. You'll save 2 or more gallons of water for every minute you can shave off your shower—plus more if you turn off the water while you shave! Also, cooler, shorter showers are gentler on your skin.
- Clean It Up Naturally: “No Chemicals, No Synthetics, No Dyes” isn't just something we say at Veeda, it's also great advice. Ditch harsh cleaning products and switch to eco-friendly natural cleansers like vinegar and essential oils. Just mix equal parts white vinegar and water for a dirt-busting, non-toxic, all-purpose spray. Your body and the planet will thank you.
- Get A Little Green Friend: Another way to clean is by getting a new houseplant. Not only do plants help green your décor by bringing the outside in, they can increase oxygen and remove toxins from the air. Ferns, palms and lilies are beautiful and healthy choices to clean your air.
- Ditch The Devices: Get away from the computer, unplug your devices and get outside! Our electronic gadgets are great, but they suck a lot of power. Plan some unplugged activities and you'll find yourself saving energy, relaxing your mind and maybe squeezing in some exercise too.