Many people are rightly concerned about how we treat the planet we already have

While I write this, it is still not possible for millions of humans to live on Mars or another planet. The current alarming data surrounding climate change, which we are already beginning to notice, and the depleted resources have forced the average person to consider their individual footprint and their ability to change.

But while roughly three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the environment, most of them do not make an effort to live sustainably all the time. Only 1 in 5 says they make an effort all the time.

Only 1 in 5 Americans are concerned about the environment all the time.

This could be because we never talk about how climate change affects our immediate environment, we always talk about how it affects the Arctic or other distant places. It may also be because we do not want to lose the convenience, we do not know how to change or we never do research.

However, when "1 out of 5" equals millions of people (and that's only in the US), "Never achieve it" is a very serious problem. Especially when you consider that the problem creator known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is currently three times larger than the territory occupied by France. The environment will not stand much longer and cannot be treated as a problem of others.

But one thing is evident in this article, it is surprisingly simple to make a positive and impactful change. For example, instead of using a K cup, replace it with a reusable coffee filter. Out of laundry detergent? Use one with natural ingredients and ecofriendly. You do not have to subsist on whatever grows in your garden to make a difference or feel guilty that your garbage does not fit in a mason jar.

If you want to replace the customs of everyday life with ecological and sustainable alternatives, see the 15 changes you can do below:

1. Dish towels and bamboo alternatives

If you think it should not be for single use, it probably should not be. The use of kitchen towels 100% organic cotton is an excellent substitute for paper towels, since you can wash them with your load of dishes.

If you really need cloths or paper towels, consider buying bamboo ones (which are also reusable).

2. Reusable grocery bags

Each year, we use approximately 500 billion to 1 billion plastic bags, causing a lot of waste that we could avoid.

Using reusable shopping bags is a simple and efficient way to reduce the habit without losing the convenience. Some grocery stores are beginning to offer incentives for people who bring their own bags.

3. Rechargeable batteries

Batteries are composed of a large number of chemicals, some of which are extremely toxic in nature and people, and can cause soil and water pollution.

Most of us are aware that batteries should not be thrown in landfills, and rechargeable batteries solve that problem while saving us money and space.

If you are curious and want to know how to get rid of electronic products that you no longer need, there are shops with incentives to recycle.

4. A long-lasting toothbrush with a detachable brush head

You can also change your usual toothbrush from one that not only has silver embedded in the bristles to kill germs, but the startup is also a much more respectful option with the environment.

Currently there are toothbrushes that are made of a material similar to rubber, which not only cleans the teeth efficiently, but it does so with more gentleness than the alternatives and is designed to last twice as long as a normal brush, for what is replaced less frequently. These brushes are also designed with removable brush heads, so you can only do this without having to buy a completely new brush each time.

5. A great reusable water bottle

Despite the existence of recycling programs, 91% of the water bottles we use each year end up in a landfill. And we consume around one million bottles of water per minute. Take a bottle of cold water that you will enjoy using and skip disposable plastic bottles.

6. A showerhead that uses 70-75% less water than what you have now

According to data obtained from government analysis, the installation of low-flow fittings reduces water consumption by at least 50% and can save you around $ 145 per year.

That translates into 20,000 gallons saved per year for the average US household. These low-flow accessories are designed to atomize water and have a more efficient (and pleasant) shower. Suffice it to say that it is an exciting and increasingly important ecological development.

Reusable grocery bags

7. Biodegradable trash bags

These garbage bags are 100% compostable, meet the strict requirements of the municipal composting programs and are certified by BPI. For reference, they are almost half the price of Glad bags (also 13 gallons, and 50 units).

8. Reusable straws

According to data from the National Park Service, it could fill more than 125 school buses with the straws that Americans use every day (500 million in total).

The consumption of disposable utensils of any kind produces a large amount of unnecessary waste in the environment, but straws are a particularly easy solution to avoid.

9. Ballpoint pens made out of recycled water bottles

Need a couple of pens around the house? Grab a few that were made from recycled water bottles (86% PCR).

10. Skincare

Show your skin and the earth less synthetic products by opting for an organic face gel. This option is paraben free, without sulfates and without cruelty.

In the case of cosmetics, there is a line of mineral makeup formulated with natural ingredients without cruelty that are marketed in containers of totally recyclable products.

11. A programmable thermostat that lets you know if you're saving energy

Programmable thermostats can get you to save up to $ 150 a year on the energy cost, if you use it correctly.

With a good thermostat you can control half of the energy bill, it is an excellent place to focus your attention if you want to reduce usage and costs. There are applications that show how much energy you use and why, so you can make the right decisions using your own energy history.

12. Reusable coffee filters

With the recent and growing popularity of instant coffee systems, single-use capsules have also seen an exponential increase in their consumption.

Instead of placing a new K-Cup every morning just to throw it away, consider saving space and money with your choice of freshly ground coffee and a reusable filter capsule.

13. Loose tea infuser

You like tea? purchase a loose tea infuser to reduce the number of small disposable packages that you open and discard.

14. Shampoo, conditioner, and lotion

With more than 80 billion plastic bottles that are discarded worldwide each year, and are only for shampoo and conditioner, organic packaging is increasingly important.

15. Reusable notebooks

The United States uses approximately 69 million tons of notebook paper each year. If you want to reduce your own waste paper (and add some convenience and savings to your life), we recommend that you use the notebooks for reusable. This can be written with a special pen, which is then cleaned with water to be able to use it again. In addition, there are applications that digitize the notes you take, which facilitates the maintenance of a digital file.