At the Men’s Health HQ, we’re all about finding alternative ways to save the planet. Here are some easy strategies to going green. The best part: drinking beer is one of them…
Exercise in the morning
You’ll eliminate the extra shower after a midday or evening workout, saving water and time. Plus, air-pollution levels are lowest in the early morning, so you’ll fill your lungs with oxygen, not ozone. Your body (and the planet) thanks you.
Use a shampoo-conditioner combo
If 10 percent of men skipped the separate conditioner, the plastic saved would cover seven rugby fields. The shorter shower also helps your skin retain more moisture.
Dispose of disposable razors
Fifteen bucks buys you a scraped face and a hunk of metal and plastic that can’t be recycled and isn’t biodegradable. Better: refillable razors. Best: safety razors – you get a great shave and recyclable blades.
Buy fair-trade coffee
Or any other java brewed from beans certified as grown on sustainable farms. These farms work to protect the world’s pharmacy – the Brazilian rainforest – for medicinal plants awaiting discovery.
Shop at a farmers’ markets
Local markets mean local goods. Supermarket produce often travels far, so it’s less fresh and uses more fuel to transport.
Use a map
Know where you’re going and you’ll save on fuel and frustration. Also, did you know idling in traffic produces 20 times more pollution than when you’re moving?
Drink beer from bottles
It takes about twice as much energy to make an aluminium can as it does to produce a glass bottle of equal size. Bonus: bottled beer always tastes better.
Related: How To Pour A Beer Properly
Drink water from the tap
Fill your body, not a landfill. Millions of plastic water bottles are tossed each month and fewer than one-third of them are recycled. Plus, a lot of bottled water is simply filtered municipal water.