How To Live a More Sustainable Life This Year

From electric cars to refillable soaps, there are lots of easy ways you can be socially responsible and kinder to the environment. 

This post was created in partnership with Motor Drive, a new full-service electric car subscription in Indianapolis, and originally ran in December 2020. 

This year, let’s be kind to Mother Earth and make more sustainable choices in our gift-giving all year long. And yes, that definitely includes items that we treat ourselves too. These environmentally-friendly, ethical, and socially responsible gifts are not only thoughtful but can make a positive impact in our community.

ELECTRIC CAR SUBSCRIPTION WITH MOTOR DRIVE

Motor Drive is a monthly full-service electric car subscription designed to save drivers time, money, and the headaches of traditional car ownership. Designed with flexibility in mind, their subscription service provides an affordable alternative to renting, leasing, or buying in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. And it’s so easy! Download the Motor Drive app, choose from three tiers of cars (comfort, premier, or luxury), and then schedule a date and location for delivery. Motor Drive will deliver your car through their contactless delivery service. Your membership includes insurance, maintenance, and a 24/7 team providing you concierge support.

 

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REFILLABLE PRODUCTS AT ONATAH GENERAL

Go green with your body products and household cleaners thanks to Onatah General’s Refill Bar. Buy one of their empty glass bottles for 25% off your first fill, or bring your own clean and sanitized bottles to refill. You can fill up with Bathing Culture Biodegradable Mind and Body Wash, organic rose hydrosol, all purpose cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and more. Shampoo and conditioner will be added to the lineup soon, and you can also shop their line of zero waste products while you’re there.

 

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SPONSOR A RESIDENT AT UPLANDS PEAK SANCTUARY

Uplands PEAK Sanctuary is Indiana’s first farmed animal sanctuary and is now home to dozens of rescued farm animals. They promise to give their residents the best life that they possibly can with all the love, respect, and care that they deserve and need. Sponsor a resident in the name of a loved one at Uplands PEAK Sanctuary this holiday season. As a PEAK Pal, you’ll help cover the daily care costs like feed, bedding, on-going medications, and preventative care. You’ll also get VIP visitation with your special animal pal by appointment during the year! 100% of all gifts support lifelong sanctuary to their 50 rescued residents.

FOOD COMPOSTING WITH GREEN WITH INDY

Food waste is one of the single, largest components of solid waste in US landfills. When food decomposes in landfills, it creates a toxic sludge called leachate which poisons our soil. This can be prevented by composting with Green with Indy! They’ll supply you with a compost bin, a roll of compostable bag liners, and weekly or biweekly compost pickups. Your waste is then hauled to GreenCycle of Indiana where it is turned into a rich soil for Indianapolis to utilize in growing its local and wholesome garden table vegetables.

 

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FILTERED DRINKING WATER FROM INDY SOFT WATER

Do you know what’s in the water you’re drinking? Regular tap water can have dissolved metals like iron and lead, chlorine, nitrates, and other contaminants. By filtering your water with a reverse osmosis system, you remove impurities and are left with great tasting water for drinking, cooking, and enjoying tea or coffee. The reverse osmosis drinking water system from Indy Soft Water fits right under your sink and comes with its own faucet, it doesn’t get easier than that.

 

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SUSTAINABLE GIFT WRAPPING WITH GLOBAL GIFTS

It’s time to do away with wrapping paper once and for all! Wrapping paper is designed to be torn apart and tossed in the trash, and often isn’t recyclable since it’s lined with plastic. This year, opt for an alternative way to wrap your gifts by using a scarf, pouch, or basket which can also double as an excellent gift in itself. Global Gifts on Mass Ave has a wide variety of options for you to choose from for zero waste gift-giving.

PET WASTE REMOVAL WITH HOOSIER SCOOPS

No one likes to pick up dog poop, so take that off your chore list thanks to Hoosier Scoops! As the first eco-friendly pet waste removal company in Indianapolis, they’ll show up to your house, gather your pet’s waste into biodegradable bags, and take the waste for proper disposal.

Indy Maven’s product selections are curated by the editorial team. We only recommend products we generally love. This post was in partnership with Motor Drive but all of the opinions within are those of Indy Maven.