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Five less obvious ways to live more eco-friendly

We love seeing how many people have adopted eco-friendly lifestyle changes like toting their groceries in reusable bags or packing their lunch in washable containers. But there are countless ways you can live more consciously and sustainably—some less obvious than others. Here are a few more ideas you can easily implement.

Invest in reusable straw

Plastic takes up the most space in landfills, and millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. You’ve probably heard of initiatives to cut down on single use plastic bags. More recently, organizations like Plastic Ocean Project have also been encouraging people to cut down on single-use plastic straws as well. Most of us don’t require a straw to drink a beverage, but if you prefer one, there are countless options for reusable straws now; stainless steel, soft silicone, glass or bamboo.

Start composting

Your fruit peels, apple cores and corn cobs don’t have to end up in the landfill. In fact, those food scraps that you toss in the trash are actually the ingredients of a lawn-boosting compost pile! Invest in a compost bin and put it in a sunny spot in your backyard. Add a mix of green and brown material—shredded newspaper, wood chips and grass clippings—as a base. Then start piling your food scraps on top. Maintaining your compost pile is pretty simple; just turn the mixture every few weeks with a pitchfork. It takes a few months for your compost pile to start yielding a crumbly, earthy soil that you can add to your garden to help your plants thrive.

Don’t forget to close your fireplace damper

This is the time of year when we love to cozy up next to a roaring fire. But after the fire dies out, many of us forget a crucial step that could be increasing our energy consumption: closing the fireplace damper. If you leave your damper open, cold, outdoor air seeps down your chimney, meaning your heat pump has to work much harder to keep your house comfortable.

Unplug all appliances

If your electrical appliance is plugged in, it’s using energy, even if it’s powered off. The amount of energy isn’t significant, but it can add up over time, especially if you have a lot of appliances. And even if you personally don’t save a lot of money on your power bill, if everyone unplugged their appliances, the cumulative environmental benefit would be major. Here’s a tip: if you have a lot of appliances, use a power strip; that way, you only have to remember to unplug one cord.

Choose sustainable style

Have you ever thought about how your clothing or accessories are made? Most of us just pick out our outfits, handbags or home décor based on appearance and price. But many large, inexpensive brands sell clothes and bags made by people working for low pay in questionable conditions. We design our Uashmama manufacturing process to have minimal, negative impact on both the people who create our bags and the planet. Our bags are handcrafted in Italy, where the brand originated, and they’re made out of our unique washable paper.

Our product range includes handbags, accessories, beauty products, and home décor, so you can incorporate Uashmama’s eco-friendly items throughout your life!