Green Living Hacks

By Chris Mackay – Co-Founder of Travelers Against Plastic (TAP)

OCTOBER 3, 2019

We know at TAP we talk about avoiding plastic all the time, and for good reason-there is a lot of single-use plastics out there discarded by travelers and its piling up and destroying the planet. We have all seen it, and that is why you are concerned, and a part of TAP. We wondered however, when you are back home, how many simple GREEN choices do you make to lessen your footprint? Check out this great list and choose a few you aren’t currently doing to make life greener while not on the road.

Most of the time it can be difficult, or downright impossible to be completely sustainable. As much as we try, sometimes we might forget the little things we can do to be as eco-friendly as possible. Here are some green living hacks to keep you on track to helping the planet.

Reuse > Single-Use

There are tons of ways you can ditch single-use items in favor of reusable ones. There are also a lot of strategies to repurpose things in your home that you would have never thought of before. Going with reusable instead of single-use products puts less trash in landfills and uses less harmful materials overall.


We all know reusable water bottles are on-trend, but you can also repurpose all sorts of water: your shower water, aquarium water, pasta water, and even your leftover ice has ways it can be recycled. This water can then be used for your garden, house plants or to even wash your floors. Get creative with all sorts of ways you can reuse your water.


With everything being online nowadays, you could consider automating your bill payments to reduce the amount of paper coming into your mailbox. Using an electronic calendar, scanning your important documents or photos for online use, and requesting email invoices are also great ways to reduce your paper usage.

Extend the Life of Your Possessions

Many people don’t know the expected lifespan of their possessions; even less realize that they can actually extend that lifespan if you know how. Not only will this help the environment and keep trash out of landfills, but it’ll help keep money in your wallet too.

In The Kitchen

Using reusable coffee filters, mixing DIY cleaners with the last bit of your store bought, and even microwaving sponges are easy ways to get started in your kitchen. For more expensive items in your kitchen, routine maintenance should be done in order to keep those appliances running for years to come. That means things like cleaning the condenser coils in your fridge and replacing the charcoal filter in your microwave.

In the Living Room

Did you know you can use walnuts to remove scratches in furniture? But when you inevitably have to go and replace your furnishings, buying second hand is almost always the greenest option. On a smaller scale, LED lights are much better for the environment than most other conventional lighting because of their reduced energy usage.

In the Bathroom

Before you go and buy completely new toiletries every single week, remember that you can dry out soap for at least 48 hours before using it to extend its life. Razors can also last much longer than most think; just rub your dull razors on some denim to sharpen them back up. Single-use bathroom items are inherently wasteful, but if you put in the effort to make them last, the world would be a much cleaner place.

Make Good Use of Your Money

Sometimes making an eco-friendly transition can get a little costly. Most of the time, those expenses are regained through long-term savings, and other times, it’s those costly options that make the most positive impact. Either way, you can be sure your money is being put to good use when it’s being used to save the Earth.

Give Experiences, Not Things

When it comes to gift-giving, you can ensure you’re getting more for your money by purchasing an experience instead of physical items. Experiences tend to be much more unique, while the excitement of a new gift can quickly fade and be discarded. Nowadays, there’s an eco-friendly experience for every type of person; from retreats, yoga classes, biking and at least one cruise line: Virgin Voyages, has eliminated unnecessary single use plastics from its ship.

Renovate Your Home

You wouldn’t believe where you’re losing energy (and worse, money) within your home. And although it takes a little effort, when it’s finally time to take on that renovation project you’ve been putting off, consider making your home a green one. This could save you both money and energy in the long-run, and your future self will thank you.

Consider Carbon Offsets

Although Carbon offsets are often questioned as to how truly useful it is, it’s better than not doing it at all. Organizations that offset carbon are many and its hard to know which to choose. Let us suggest Sustainable Travel International. They are well reviewed and we trust them.

Eco-friendly living doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. Small strides can go a long way. So if you begin to employ the tactics that work best with your own lifestyle, you can be sure to make a greener impact for a cleaner tomorrow.


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