Mornings can be a hectic part of the day for most people. Often time’s people feel as if they don’t have enough time to prepare and get out of the house with everything they need to get their day started off on the right foot. With that in mind, it can be challenging to think about helping the environment in the mere minutes leading up to rushing out the door.

Fortunately there are plenty of simple ways to make your morning routine more sustainable. Here are six green ways to jumpstart your day:

1.Utilize eco-friendly beauty products

Beauty products are known for having layers of plastic packaging around the boxes that hold the cosmetic. Both the plastic wrapping and the cosmetic containers are usually made of a material that cannot be recycled—and these plastic wrappers make up a large portion of waste that ends up in landfills.

Many beauty companies are trying to make both their products and packaging eco-friendly. In some instances, cosmetic companies are making their packages more ecofriendly by using less material in the packing process. According to, “sustainable packaging goes through a process that can make the packaging more costly; however the plants and labs that manufacture these goods use environmentally friendly water and electricity systems, as well as recycle all goods.” Shopping for sustainable beauty products that utilize fewer resources to package their products is a green way to start your day.


2. Use an alternative to disposable razors

Straight razors are a great green alternative to disposable razors. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Americans alone throw away an estimated 2 billion disposable razors each year—that’s approximately one billion pounds of waste.” By utilizing straight razors, you would be saving the environment from plastic razor waste that cannot be recycled.


3. Bring your own personal coffee mug or thermos to work

According to Americans throw away a staggering 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year. If you replaced purchasing a disposable cup of coffee each day with BYO mug, you can save 23 pounds of waste in one year.

Even if you like getting coffee at a coffee shop you can bring your own mug and get it filled up with freshly brewed coffee. Some coffee shops even offer discounts for bringing your own mug!


4. Exercising outside instead of in a gym

Instead of burning energy on exercise machines at a gym take advantage of local hiking trails. Going for a jog or walk at a park in your area is always an eco-friendly option. One of the best benefits of the exercising outside is getting fresh air to decrease stress. According to the Huffington Post, “research shows that the scent of pine trees decreases stress and increases relaxation. Even walking through a park or your own backyard can help you feel calmer and happier when you catch a whiff of freshly cut grass.”


5. Pack lunch using reusable containers

Instead of using plastic sandwich bags or brown paper bags, opt in for a more sustainable option and try a reusable lunch containers and carrying bags. According to Recycle Works, “disposal lunches can generate between 4-8 ounces of garbage every day, totaling up to nearly 100 pounds of waste per year.” Simple household items such as mason jars, and leftover durable shopping bags, and old plastic food containers are great alternatives to transporting your lunch to the office. According to Huffington Post, bringing lunch from home is also great for extra savings—you can save on average $1,500 per year by choosing homemade lunches over restaurant lunches.


6. Walking or biking to work

Riding your bike and walking to work are not just healthy for your body–they’re better for the environment too. According to, riding your bike to work rather than driving can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%. Cars emit air pollution every mile, whereas bikes produce none.


There are many simple ways you can contribute to making the world a little bit greener every morning when you are getting your day started. Take the first step today and share your new green habits with your friends to create an ecofriendly movement!