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12 Months Of Sustainable Challenges To Try Out With Your Friends

Updated: May 20



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Choosing whether or not to be sustainable is a decision we subconsciously make every single day. Try out these monthly challenges to test yourself and bring awareness to the choices you make regularly!


FEBRUARY: TRY BIKING

While biking may not be a realistic option for your daily work commute, try it whenever you can. This is a great way to get active and help save the earth at the same time!


MARCH: ONLY BUY SECONDHAND CLOTHING

Buying secondhand clothing can be way more fulfilling than purchasing new items. It feels good to know you’re helping reduce waste! This month, try to commit to only purchasing like-new clothing.

APRIL: NO SINGLE USE WATER BOTTLES

We all have a reusable water bottle, but I’m willing to bet you don’t use it every single time. Try it out and see how easy it is! Make sure you have a bottle cleaning brush on hand, this month you’re going to need it!


MAY: SHOP REFILLABLE

This month, try shopping at a refillable store for essentials like deodorant, shampoo, floss, and body wash. You can bring empty bottles in to refill or purchase reusable glassware there. If you’re local to Tampa, we recommend trying Lufka out for your refill needs.


JUNE: NO MORE PLASTIC STRAWS

Many businesses have already taken the leap to no plastic straws, but there are still many that haven’t. For this challenge, purchase a reusable straw with a carrying case so you’re never in a predicament where you have to use one!


JULY: MEAT-FREE MONDAYS

Participating in meat-free Mondays helps lessen the demand for precious environmental resources such as land, water, and energy in addition to helping reduce greenhouse gases.


AUGUST: TOTE TIME

This month, carry a reusable tote with you at all times and use it to carry any purchases you can! We like the netted bags because they are easy to scrunch up and throw in your purse!


SEPTEMBER: SHORTER SHOWERS

Challenge yourself this month by cutting at least 5 minutes off of every shower you take! Use your phone’s timer to track how you’re doing.


OCTOBER: SHARE A WEEKLY THRIFTED #OOTD

Share your influence! You never know who may be influenced by your thrifty skills and may want to give secondhand a shot thanks to you!


NOVEMBER: CAN WE FIX?

This month, try to repair before you repurchase! Not everything is fixable, but give it a go before running to the store. This helps reduce waste in a big way.


DECEMBER: SHOP LOCAL

This month, try to patronize local restaurants, farmer’s markets, and boutiques before heading to your local Walmart. Chances are, you will find new local favorites you’ve never even heard of before!


JANUARY: BUY IN BULK

Items like beans, spices, and pasta can easily be purchased in bulk. This reduces the waste associated with unnecessary packaging! Make your eco-friendly decision go even further and bring along mason jars to store your items in, instead of the store provided bags.

Good luck! Tag us on Facebook or instagram (@labelswap) if you complete any challenges and we will feature you.

Who we are:

Labelswap is a local Tampa thrift store that focuses on selling like-new upscale brands. If you’ve taken great care of designer or brand name items, we’d love to buy them from you! Stop by labelswap, at 3143 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 to sell your items to us. When selling to labelswap, you may choose a store credit of 50% of the item’s resale value or 30% in cash. While you’re there, be sure to check out our daily influx of new items. Visit us in-store or online at labelswap.com.

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