I don’t always make the most eco-friendly choices. However, it is never too late to begin making subtle changes in your life. With just one change, you can make a difference in your life and the world. I agreed to participate in a series of challenges that will help protect the world’s resources. The challenges include: choosing food and beverage products with renewable packaging, taking shorter showers, biking or walking whenever possible, swapping my paper coffee cup with a mug, and taking the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz.
Challenge #1: Choosing Food & Beverage Products with Renewable Packaging
One of the ways to live a more sustainable life is by purchasing food and beverage products with renewable packaging. By choosing products using Tetra Pak carton packaging, you’ll be doing your part in protecting our planet’s limited supply of natural resources. Making this switch was surprisingly easy, as the local stores near me in NYC have a wide selection of products made with renewable packaging.
Challenge #2: Taking Shorter Showers
While I try to limit my shower time to 10-15 minutes, Dennis tends to stay in there way longer than necessary. This challenge would be moreso for him than I, but since he’s stubborn as a mule, it was still a challenge that I had to take great part in. He is not as into being green as I am, but he was willing to scale back his showering time in the name of the environment and in the numbers behind the “$” sign on the water bill.
I often wondered what he did in there to make his showers seem so lengthy compared to mine. I gave him a 15 minute time limit, and he surprisingly buckled down and got everything accomplished within that time frame. He remarked that he takes long showers to wind down after a long day, but he was able to find other ways to relax without wasting buckets and buckets (and buckets) of water.
Challenge #3: Biking or Walking Whenever Possible
This challenge was not too difficult since I live in New York City, and my car is 1,100 miles away in Memphis. However, I can imagine that it could be troublesome if you live in a city where commuting via walking or biking is not necessarily the most ideal. When I lived in Memphis, I would drive my car to complete my errands, but since moving to Queens, I’ve been forced (for the lack of a better word) to walk everywhere. When I do need to travel further away where walking or biking would be too strenuous, I use mass transit, which is still better for the environment than using personal vehicles.
Challenge #4: Swapping My Paper Coffee Cup with a Mug
Swapping my paper cups for mugs is easier than I thought it would be. It gave me an excuse to let out my inner shopaholic because if I’m going to use mugs, they’ve got to be Disney. While I wait for my new mugs to arrive, I’ve been using Dennis’ Bates Motel mug, and if I had known that coffee just simply tastes better from a mug, I would’ve made the switch a long, long time ago.
In addition to the aesthetic appeal of using mugs as opposed to paper cups, the switch also is kind to the Earth since those paper cups that you would’ve been using are not piling up in landfills. Did you know that it takes more than 20 years for a paper cup to decompose? Holy cannoli!
Challenge #5: Taking the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz
My last challenge was to take the Tetra Pak Habits of Happiness Quiz. It is composed of five questions that provide you some insight into whether or not your habits are environmentally friendly. I learned quite a bit with this quiz, such as the amount of water needed just to make one pound of chocolate. I doubt I’ll be able to resist chocolate altogether, but I will put in a great effort into scaling back my intake.
After I completed answering all five questions, I was served with my results. Apparently, I am “distinctly delightful”. I’m the go-to person for a daily dose of happiness. The results also stated that being happy for me means being outdoors. I think Dennis would laugh at that assessment. I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I do have an interest in preserving Mother Earth’s natural resources.
Would I recommend this challenge to others? Absolutely! If I can change my daily habits, anybody can. I’m here to tell you that while some tasks may seem daunting, making the switch to renewable living is easier than it looks! Just one small change can make all the difference. Your future great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank you.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.