Did you know that 77 percent of people are interested in learning how to live more sustainably? Are you part of this group?

If you’re looking to do your part in helping the planet but aren’t sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. Listed below are seven steps you can take today to start living a green lifestyle.

1. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags)

If you brought your own reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags, think of how much waste you could reduce?

We all have great intentions of reusing our plastic grocery bags, but how many of them end up getting thrown away? You can prevent this issue by bringing your own bags.

2. Start Composting

Think about how many food scraps you throw away each day? Instead of sending them to a landfill, why not try composting instead?

Compost reduces waste and can help your plants to grow and thrive. Consider investing in a compost bin or creating a compost pile in your backyard.

3. Switch Out Your Lightbulbs

Certain lightbulbs are more energy-efficient than others. By swapping out the lightbulbs in your home, you can reduce the frequency with which you need to change them and use less energy overall. When your current lightbulbs burn out, replace them with CFL or LED bulbs.

4. Choose Cloth

When you need to wipe up a spill, don’t grab a paper towel. Use a cloth instead.

This saves tons of paper from ending up in the trash. Cloths are also often better at cleaning up messes anyway, so it’s a win-win situation.

5. Adjust Your Thermostat

If you always have the air conditioner blasting during the summer and the heat on during the winter, you’re likely facing high energy bills. You also aren’t doing the planet any favors.

Consider adjusting your thermostat so your house is a bit warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. You’ll save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

6. Buy Used

Instead of buying new clothes whenever you have a big event coming up (or when you want to refresh your wardrobe), shop used. Head to a local thrift store or use an online consignment store like ThredUp to help reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills each year.

7. Swap Your Straws

Finally, if you regularly use plastic straws when drinking smoothies or iced tea or coffee, consider swapping them out for a stainless steel or silicone version instead. You can also use paper straws made in the USA. All of these are more eco-friendly options.

Start Living a Green Lifestyle Today

As you can see, there are lots of ways that you can live a green lifestyle.

Remember, too, that you don’t have to overhaul everything about your life at once. Taking small steps and implementing just one or two of the strategies listed above can make a big difference.

Do you want to learn more about eco-friendly living? If so, we’ve got lots of other helpful articles on our site. Check them out today.