Between packings kids lunches, getting yourself and the family (or the doggo) ready, the morning isn’t the easiest time to stop and think about your environmental impact. Making your morning routine greener, however, is probably easier than you think. Just a few small, manageable changes make a big difference.
1. Remember your reusables
Many of us start the day with a hot beverage or smoothie. What you choose to drink these in can make a huge difference. If you hit a cafe on your way to work make sure bring along your own reusable cups like our Smoothie Cup or Tea Flask (or just a mug or glass jar from home for your coffee) to avoid any plastic cups and straws.
If you do make your morning brew at home make sure you compost your coffee grinds or tea leaves. Coffee grinds add nutrients to your garden just the way they are so you can simply brew at home, feed the plants & go!
2. Shorten Your Shower
One of the easiest ways to green your morning routine is by cutting down your water usage. All you have to do is take a shorter shower, but sometimes that’s a little easier said than done.
To help stay on track, bring your phone into the bathroom and set an alarm to go off when it’s time to get out. Many local councils also have Water Saver timers you can collect for free.
3. Prep Your Breakfast the Night Before
To avoid buying plastic wrapped breakfasts on the go get organised and make your breaky the night before. Bircher muesli and chia puddings are a great option as they need time to set in the fridge or you can prep all of your smoothie ingredients so all you have to do in the morning is blitz, pour into your Smoothie Cup and go!
4. Take Time To Yourself
Whether it's a walk out in nature, meditating or journaling, taking time to yourself (even if it is only 5 minutes) is a great way to set you up for the day ahead.
It also allows you to ground yourself and remember why sustainability is important to you. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to slow down and remember what's important to us and why.
5. Opt for Sustainable Beauty
The morning is likely when you spend the most time using beauty care products. From shampoo and body wash to your toothbrush and cleanser nearly everything you use in your morning routine can get a green makeover by switching to plastic-free products.
Take a few minutes to sort out your bathroom cabinet, read some labels, and see which products might not be so sustainable!
Start with one or two items to swap out, and see how you feel about the switch, and then keep adding to your list of swaps as you can.