If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the realities of climate change and the fate of the planet, you’re not alone. Luckily, Kristen Bell just gave us some eco-friendly home tips, and we’re ready to adopt each one of her suggestions — immediately.
The actress is the face of Tide’s Clean Pledge challenge, a campaign that asks consumers to pledge to adopt more environmentally sound laundry practices, such as washing with cold water and extending the life of your clothes to prevent excess textile waste, for Earth Day on April 22nd. For every person who takes the Clean Pledge, the company will donate $5 to the World Wildlife Fund, an organization that protects species, environments, and clean water, up to $250,000.
But Bell’s commitment to the planet doesn’t stop there: In a recent interview with HelloGiggles, she told us about all the “teeny, tiny steps” — as she describes them — that she and her husband, Dax Shepard, take in their home to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Prepare to be inspired!
Leave no drop behind.
For Bell, who lives in California, saving as much water as possible is a matter of practicality. “I’d like to live in California and have running water for as long as possible,” she says.
So she’s taught her daughters — Lincoln and Delta — to use “waste” water to feed the trees in their yard, instead of pouring it down the drain.
If it’s yellow, let it mellow.
This one might make you squirm if you’ve never heard the expression before — “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down” — but it’s a great way to save water. (And if you’re still unsure, “yellow” and “brown” refer to things that happen in the bathroom. Ah ha — now you get it!)
“We ‘let it mellow’ a lot more than I’d like to admit,” says Bell. “The girls know that you let it mellow, and then you flush on the second, sometimes — full disclosure — third pee in the toilet.”
Say hello to an electric car.
This might not be a possibility for everyone, since electric cars are still on the pricey side, but suffice to say it’s a matter of necessity for Bell. She explains, “[I drive an electric car] to neutralize my husband’s carbon footprint — because he likes fast cars.”
Reuse, reuse, reuse.
In the Bell-Shepard house, very little goes to waste.
“We use a lot of trash for crafts, which is always fun,” the actress explains. “Like saving toilet paper rolls, or if I get a ribbon on a present in the mail or on a card, I’ll let the kids cut it up and make an art piece with it.”
She also describes herself as a “warrior” with Ziploc bags, rinsing them out and reusing them regularly. “Having kids, I have to carry a lot of things in Ziploc bags, and sometimes it’s not an option to have a cloth pouch because there’s liquid Tylenol or [another fluid],” she says. “But I am a warrior with those bags, and I will use them until they are shredded.”
Feeling inspired yet? Good! Because we sure are! Thanks, Kristen. We feel totally ready for Earth Day.