Living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact it can save you money too. Let’s make the environmentally friendly alternative the instinctive choice!
Want to know more? Read on below for 5 budget friendly ways you can start saving.
1. Buy Less, Used, or Not at All
Often when it comes to going zero waste, people think they need to throw in everything plastic or not eco-friendly and start fresh. This isn’t exactly the most friendly on your wallet or the planet. For example, continue using your plastic tupperware instead and when it comes time to replace it make the eco-friendly choice such as metal tins or silicone bags. This choice might be more expensive at first but in the long run it will make for a happy wallet and a happy you since they last longer.
In other areas, such as fashion try buying less. If you do purchase something try second-hand, or not at all. DIY or repurposing clothing is a great way to lessen your footprint on the environment and also save cash. If you still purchase new clothing check some sustainable brands on this amazing directory.
2. Buy Plastic Free or in Bulk
Instead of trying to buy everything package or plastic free, it’s much easier to buy in bulk. Now this might sound counterintuitive after we just said to buy less but it has its merits as well. Buying dry goods in bulk not only saves you more in the long run but allows you to buy what you need and often in your own containers, resulting in less packaging. This is also applicable to cleaning supplies, bathroom products and more. Let your imagination run wild!
3. Reduce your Food Waste
Buy only food that you need when you need it. This is sustainable because, it ensures you’re not wasting money on food you won’t eat and also it reduces food waste. Did you know: food waste is one of the top emitters of greenhouse gases accounting for up to a 10th of all emissions. It’s a big problem and one that we can solve at home and it actually saves us money!
4. Take Public Transportation
We are all aware of the carbon footprint of cars. Not only that owning a car or ubering everywhere has a big impact on your wallet. Public transportation is cheaper and is a more collective approach to getting where you need to go. Consider it next time you need to get somewhere. There are a multitude of options as well from walking to cycling.
5. Turn Off your Tap
This is one of the most efficient and easiest things you can start doing today. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, showering, and washing your hands. This saves our precious life resource estimated at 11,000 gallons per year per household. Water bill cuts are estimated to be by as much as 13%! Just turning off the tap when washing your hands it is estimated that you can save 6 gallons a day!
There you have it. 5 budget friendly ways to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Sustainability doesn’t have to be expensive.
Remember: It’s never too late to start making small changes. It’s easy when it saves you money! How will you start your eco-friendly journey today?
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Article Written By: Elizabeth Lo Serro