Posted by Rachael Tom
May 18, 2020
These days, we hear a lot about how important it is to be environmentally friendly and practice sustainability. It may seem overwhelming, but it is actually really easy and cheap to go green.
Maybe you are thinking “I do not know if I can afford eco-products.” You can actually save money by going green, because you are buying less overtime. Think of it as an investment.
Here are 5 easy ways for home care aides and Medicaid consumers to get started...
🛍️ Use reusable bags when running errands and sanitize them afterwards.
Going to the store? Bring clean reusable bags and safely throw them in the washer on high heat when you get home.
- Hint: If you drive, keep clean bags in the front seat of your car. It is easy to remember to grab them before heading into the store, instead of forgetting them in the trunk (it happens!).
💡 Give your consumer environmentally-friendly product options.
Stores have many environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday products that are often in the same price range. Next time you are running errands, take a look at the options on the shelf and find an eco-product that does the same thing as the non-eco product. You can always go back if you don’t like it!
- Tip: Start by switching to environmentally-friendly trash bags, which will have the least impact on the earth.
♻️ Separate trash and recycling!
Make sure that your consumers have different bins for trash and recycling. If they do not have separate bins, help them set up a convenient space in their home and teach them which bins things go in. Label the bins, and what goes in each, in a place that is easy for the consumer to see. Once you get the hang of separating trash and recycling, see if your consumer is willing to try composting their food waste.
- Hint: Using different color or size bins can help. Why not use a clean cardboard box for the paper? That is a two-in-one eco-friendly option!
💧 Switch to a reusable water bottle.
This one is easy! Pick up a reusable water bottle and/or a hot thermos. Not only is it better for the environment, it may also encourage you to drink more water (and it will be cheaper than buying one-time use plastic bottles of water). Make sure to buy one that you can safely throw in the dishwasher or wash with hot water.
🍹 Switch to reusable straws.
If your consumer needs to use straws to help them drink or eat, we suggest using reusable straws that are dishwasher safe. There are many options available online if you cannot find one in your local store. Some long-lasting options include metal (be careful with hot liquids), bamboo (good for hot liquids and accidental biting), or glass (be careful if your consumer tends to bite on straws). Be sure to sanitize them between each use!
There are many little things that you can do in your daily life and with your consumer to be more environmentally-friendly.
Do you have other favorite ways to go green?