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GO GREEN THIS SPRING! 4 HABITS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE

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Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for nicer weather, more days spent outside, and plenty of opportunities to practice eco-friendly habits. Olympus Property invites you to go green this spring with us – keep reading for exciting things happening this season.

1. Shop Local

Not only does buying from our nearby communities have a positive impact on the local economy, it also reduces strain on our environment. By cutting down on packaging and transportation needs, purchasing locally sourced foods and goods helps to reduce waste in more ways than one. Think less gas emissions to ship and deliver, and less unnecessary packing materials that are typically used as part of the shipping process.

Not sure where to start? There are plenty of ways to purchase food from your own city/region, whether it’s shopping for groceries at the neighborhood farmers market or buying products at the grocery store with labels that say “locally farmed/grown/produced”. While shopping with the click of a button on Amazon is rather effortless, why not head across the street to your nearby boutique storefront to shop local or even bike over to your neighborhood farmers market for groceries?

2. Go for Reusable

While many stores across the country are switching over to paper bags instead of plastic (we see you, California), you can jump on this bandwagon by opting to use your own reusable bags. Whether it’s picking up a few of these on your next grocery store run (they are usually located by the checkout lines) or you prefer some of these pretty tote options, you’ll feel like you’re truly making a difference with eco-friendly habits. Take it even further with reusable coffee cups, straws, to-go cutlery, coffee filters, and so much more!

3. Ditch the Rinse

Nothing is worse than scraping off dried egg bits from yesterday morning’s breakfast plate. But for those of us with a dishwasher, is all that extra rinsing and scraping even necessary? With the hot water, steam, heavy spraying power, and high-quality dishwashing solutions, there is reason to skip the pre-dishwashing rinse habit. Just a few minutes of rinsing dishes could use upwards of 20 gallons of water – woah! Finish has even started a nationwide pledge to Skip The Rinse in an effort to help Americans decrease their water usage. Other than reducing your time in the shower, washing fewer loads of laundry, and sweeping driveways instead of hosing them off, join in on Finish’s Skip The Rinse challenge when you go green this spring.

4. Eat Less Meat

That’s right! We said it. Did you know that one to two acres of rainforest land is cleared every second for livestock farming? This has a massive impact on our environment when combined with the fact that 70 billion farm animals are producing a whopping 51% of CO2 greenhouse gasses hitting our ozone layer annually (higher than all transportation emissions combined). These numbers don’t even account for the processing, packing, and distributing of meat products – this is just for the birthing and maintenance of animals across the globe. Whether you go full-blown vegetarian/vegan or even test the waters with Mondays, you’ll not only live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but you’ll also help directly decrease the impact you have on the planet(and possibly improve your own health too.

Olympus Property has some exciting things happening this spring! Hint: There are prizes involved. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for upcoming announcements. Looking for more eco-friendly lifestyle tips and tricks? Head over to our blog page today.

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