It’s time to flick off your lights! With Earth Hour ticking in, we debunk traditional means and pack in ways to go green the fun way! From stay-home activities to everyday habits, here are 10 easy ways to #Connect2Earth in 2018.
#1 Ditch the plastic straws
Say no to disposable plastic straws (or anything plastic, really – but plastic straws are a good place to start). If you’re not a fan of sipping straight from a cup, get yourself a cute reusable straw that will last you a lifetime. Pop this baby into a glass of lemonade or homemade smoothie, and tuck yourself in for a movie night-in during Earth Hour!
#2 Bring your own bottle
Nearing a project deadline? Exams just right around the corner? While you’re heading out to grab your morning cuppa for a pick-me-up, don’t forget to bring along a mug or tumbler with you. If you’re reading this now, hit up your nearest Starbucks during Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm with your bottle and get a free tall-sized coffee on the house. Don’t say bojio!
#3 Make smart shopping choices
Start incorporating environmentally-friendly products in your life – this means supporting sustainable, ethical brands that are committed to making a difference. For makeup junkies, here are some eco-friendly beauty brands to consider adding into your collection.
#4 Swap your wardrobe
We’re all too familiar with the dilemma of having a wardrobe filled with tons of options, but still have nothing to wear. Before you start aimlessly throwing out your clothes, why not set a date with your pals for a big wardrobe swap? This shouts for a fun yet economical way to refresh your wardrobe and change up your style – all while saving the Earth and the dollars in your bank!
#5 Opt for E-tickets
Why print out something just to toss it out? With the ease of technology and handy access to emails these days, start opting for E-tickets for your next movie date or vacation instead! This saves the hassle of printing and possibly, a couple of trees too.
#6 Seek out a new outdoor activity
There’s a whole world out there for you to explore beyond your pixelated screens. Leave your electronics indoors and head out for a weekend of outdoor fun! Take the opportunity to try out activities outside of your comfort zone – ride the waves at Wavehouse Sentosa, bring out your inner Tarzan at Forest Adventure, or go on a real outdoor rock-climbing adventure at Dairy Farm. Doing your part for Earth Hour while burning the weekend calories? Count us in!
#7 Board games aren’t bored games
For those who prefer staying indoors, don’t just have your eyes glued to your favourite shows all day. When the lights go off, switch up Netflix for some classic board games that will keep you entertained for hours even after Earth Hour. To spice things up, you can even impose fun forfeits and penalties.
#8 DIY your own recycle bin
Instead of trashing everything into one bin, we suggest having a recycling bin at home to sort out your recyclables. To make recycling more fun, feel free to personalise and doll up your bins – trusty ol’ Pinterest got your back with a ton of DIY tutorials. Living green doesn’t get any more stylish than this!
#9 Take a cold shower
Before you say “brrr…”, hear us out. Although it’s more tempting to go for a hot shower in the morning, taking a cold shower does wonders for your body and is healthier for the environment too. Not only does it keep you feeling fresh and alert, it’s also proven to improve circulation and aid weight loss! Besides, what better way to depuff your face after a sinful night of supper?
#10 Keep an eco bag handy
An impromptu grocery or shopping run? Go green by always having a handy, foldable eco bag with you – you’ll always be ready when your inner Rebecca Bloomwood strikes! You can easily get a recyclable bag anywhere, but if you want to score bonus style points, you can choose to customise your tote bag at online stores such as thexstyle.
Every year, people around the world are switching their lights off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 24 March. But it’s more than just turning off the lights – follow our tips above to celebrate Earth Hour every day! Are you doing your part to #Connect2Earth?
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