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Eco-Sustainability: Small Home Changes That Make A Big Impact

Saving the earth may seem like a hopeless situation—best left to lawmakers and politicians, but there is great power in individual choices- many made from the comfort of your home. 

Today’s instructor Ashlee Piper is going to teach us changes we can make right away, to make our homes a more eco-friendly place.

Ashlee is a political strategist turned vegan and eco-lifestyle expert, writer, and TV personality whose work has been featured in and on GLAMOUR, Refinery29, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Women’s Health and ABC News just to name a few. 

In June 2018 she literally wrote the book book on stylish, sustainable living, titled: Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet.  

By the end of this class you’ll know the dos and don’ts of recycling, have a greater knowledge of some great eco-friendly technology and have action steps for building out your space more consciously.

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL RECYCLING TIPS:

  • Recycling is not a cure all. Refuse, reuse, reduce.
  • You need to check your municipality for rules. Go on city website.
  • Plastics have numbers on the bottom that will determine when and if they can be recycled.
  • Super small pieces of anything are not recyclable.
  • One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.
  • Clean out all your containers before recycling.
  • Glass and aluminum are more easily recycled than other materials.
  • You can’t recycle certain types of glass that are treated to do something special (like mirrors, Pyrex).
  • Recycling shouldn’t only happen in the kitchen.

MENTAL SHIFTS BEFORE BUYING:

  • So much of what we buy is emotionally driven.
  • The less stuff you have, the less you need to clean and find.
  • Think about the end of something before you buy it.
  • Consider refillable merchandise.

GREAT ECO-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGIES:

  • Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Smart appliances.
  • Low flow shower heads and toilets.
  • Lower tech things make a huge difference: planting trees to cut cooling/heating and ups resale value. Donate whatever you can from your remodel. Reuse repurpose.
  • Window coatings
  • Solar panels.

WATCH YOUR PHANTOM ENERGY USE:

  • Anything that stays plugged in can account for up to 80 percent of your energy usage.
  • Cable boxes are a huge energy suck.
  • Get an energy efficient power strip you can turn off and on.
  • You can save up to $150 a year.

FOOD WASTE:

  • Composting is more beneficial than recycling and it’s a great exercise in tracking your garbage habits.
  • Americans waste a lot of money on food.
  • 1 in 6 people in the country are food insecure.
  • If you live in a city you can freeze your food scraps and bring it to your farmers market.

TOP ACTION STEPS:

  • Do a shopping fast for a week.
  • Don’t buy anything that’s not essential.
  • Quit paper towels and use reusable cloths.

HOMEWORK:

  • Look at the trash you create and identify where it’s coming from. Study your own habits and make some tweaks.
  • Eat less meat. Enjoy a meatless meal…or 2, or 3!

FIND ASHLEE:

HER BOOKhttp://www.ashleepiper.com/book

WEBSITE- http://www.ashleepiper.com

INSTAGRAMhttps://www.instagram.com/ashleepiper/