Doing a random act of kindness can have a huge impact on the recipient, even if you aren’t aware of the extent of it. Increase your commitment to doing more unexpected gestures and combine it with an interest to improve the environment. It doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money and it may not require any at all. An eco-friendly act of kindness doesn’t just leave a positive impact on the recipient but on the environment as well.
Do Someone’s Shopping
If you know someone has plans to buy one or more items from a store you’re already going to, offer to get the items while you’re there instead. Whether or not you expect the money for the items, the person will likely appreciate the extra time and effort you saved him or her.
Make Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
Making simple eco-friendly home improvements for someone, especially for those that are unable to do them on their own, can take as little as a few minutes with minimal effort. Some options include installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, putting on solar control window films or installing a programmable thermostat.
Donate to an Eco-Friendly Organization
There are many charities that are in desperate need of monetary donations. Make a contribution in the recipient’s name to a cause that he or she wholeheartedly supports, but may not have the money to donate at the moment. Let the person know you made the donation; he or she can also likely claim it as a deduction on taxes.
Give Away Items For Free
If there are any items you no longer need, even something as seemingly simple as cardboard boxes, ask around to see if anyone needs them instead of throwing them out. There are also quite a few online sites that have sections where people can give away items for free to those that could make use of them. The chance to receive free items can be especially useful for those that are experiencing a financial hardship.
Give a Digital Subscription
There are digital versions of many items that used to come only in physical form, such as newspapers, magazines and books. Purchase a digital gift for no reason for a recipient that could use a nice surprise. Digital gifts, depending on the type, are often relatively inexpensive and will allow the person to be a bit more eco-friendly while still enjoying the items he or she loves.
There are likely many people in your life, and even some strangers, that could benefit from your generous gesture. Doing an eco-friendly random act of kindness can be as beneficial for you as it is for the environment and for the recipient. It feels good to do something unexpected and nice for someone else, especially when it’s not for a special occasion.