Easy Sustainability Tips From TikTok You May Not Have Tried Before 

Published on June 27, 2022

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When it comes to living a more sustainable lifestyle, even the smallest tweaks can make a big difference. You’ve likely already heard the basics like taking public transport and ditching plastics, but there are so many aspects of our day-to-day routines that you might not have considered to be an opportunity to help the environment. For example, could your morning routine be more sustainable? What about the period products you use, or your toothbrush? Little by little, you can make easy swaps that will go a long way in reducing your overall carbon footprint. That’s why we’ll be sharing sustainability tips you can easily incorporate into your life, from this year’s most popular social media platform.

Easy Sustainability Tips From TikTok 

As one of the more popular social media apps among the climate-conscious Gen Z crowd, TikTok is full of easy sustainability tips you might not have heard before. Here are just five short videos from sustainable TikTok creators that could help you on your path to becoming more mindful of the environment:

1. Transport Your Groceries Directly From the Cart to Your Car

@mostlyecomorgan Don’t come at me for the meat/eggs/plastic in my cart. No one’s perfect folks. #sustainabilitytiktok #sustainabilitytips #sustainabilityhacks #ecotok ♬ Up Beat (Married Life) – Kenyi

You may have already swapped your plastic grocery bags for a canvas tote to reduce plastic waste, but what about eliminating the need for bags altogether? If you happen to have a car you use to run errands, try cutting out the middleman by transporting your groceries directly to your car instead of using bags, as TikTok user @MostlyEcoMorgan demonstrates.

2. Tie-Dye Old Shirts Using Avocadoes

@delilah_isabel If u have any weird sustainability and/or $$ saving hacks, comment and spread da knowledge !!#sustainableliving #ecofriendly #sustainabilitytips #fyp ♬ Sunny Day – Ted Fresco

This TikTok video by user @Delilah_Isabel features a few different sustainability tips you probably haven’t tried before. Who knew avocadoes could be used as DIY plant dye to make tie-dye shirts? The more you know.

3. Plant Your Own Lettuce

@loveofearthco A low waste way to get FREE lettuce for a year!🤩🥬 #groceryshoppingtips #zerowaste #ecofriendly #sustainabletips #selfsustainability ♬ original sound – Love of Earth Co.

Cut back on waste while saving yourself a trip to the grocery store by planting your own butter lettuce plant. This video by @LoveofEarthCo demonstrates exactly how to accomplish this so you can be more mindful of the earth and your wallet.

4. Upcycle Your Fast Fashion Items

@lily.xxm #sustainabletips #sustainablelifestyle #fastfashion #fashionhaul #mallshopping #sustainableliving ♬ Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo

Your wardrobe is another key lifestyle area that could always use some sustainable upgrades. You likely already know that the fast fashion industry is one of the worst culprits when it comes to waste, but before you toss out your fast fashion clothing items in protest, try upcycling them instead, as TikTok user Lily.Xxm suggests in her video.

5. Create a Sustainable Morning Coffee Routine

@everydayashleyy Things in my sustainable home that just make sense! #sustainable #lowwaste #vegan #LetsFaceIt #fyp #lifestyle #sustainabilitytips ♬ 아무노래(Any song) – kozico0914

If you want to give your morning coffee routine an eco-friendly upgrade and you use a Keurig machine, TikTok user Everyday Ashley offers two sustainability tips: opt for a reusable K-Cup, and buy coffee beans in bulk. This will significantly reduce plastic waste, by the end of the year, and it doesn’t require you to sacrifice your morning brew.

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.