Little things add up, in fighting climate change as in everything else. Here are 5 easy ways to advance sustainability that also give you a bonus benefit.

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Elevators typically account for 3-5% of a building's energy usage. Bonus: You'll get a nice miniworkout—improving both strength (in your legs) and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also reduces stress. Double bonus!
  2. Use a dishwasher instead of hand-washing. It usually saves both water and energy (from heating water), especially if you scrape plates clean first rather than prerinsing, wait till you have a full load, and turn off the heat dry setting. Bonus: While the machine is working, you can spend your time doing something else.
  3. Use rechargeable batteries. California's state recycling agency says the average US household uses 47 batteries a year. Instead, you could buy 12 rechargeable batteries every 4-5 years. Single-use batteries usually contain toxic materials and can be hard to recycle. Bonus: You'll save money, make fewer trips to the store, and clutter up less shelf/drawer space with packs of batteries just sitting there slowly losing juice.
  4. Give experiences instead of things for birthdays and other special occasions: a home-cooked meal, a day out exploring the city or countryside, a nature hike, even just time spent in conversation. Bonus: You'll enjoy the same gift you're giving.
  5. Use Cloverly for carbon-neutral shipping of your ecommerce purchases. If your favorite online retailers don't offer that option, request that they do; it doesn't even cost them anything. Just point them to cloverly.com/how-it-works. Bonus: You'll feel good knowing that you're helping to financially support projects that combat climate change. OK, we admit that the bonus is really a sustainability double-dip. If you're reading this, you're fine with that, right?

Carbon-neutral shipping with Cloverly

Cloverly provides an easy way for ecommerce consumers to purchase carbon offsets and achieve carbon-neutral shipping for their orders, at no cost to the store owner. For details, visit cloverly.com/how-it-works. Shopify store owners can get our Shopify shipping app by clicking here. If you have a Magento store, click here.