It’s often a fact of life, doing the right thing means paying more. But did you know that doing the right thing for the planet can actually save you money? Read on for 3 super easy ways to be more sustainable and save money in 2021.
1. Save On Single-Use Plastics
When you add up the cost of all the single-use plastics and consumables we buy it’s easy to see why ditching them saves you money.
Think about the packs of bottled water we pick up at the store without thinking. They take decades to breakdown, if they break down at all. One reusable bottle topped up with tap water will more than pay for itself, fast.
Looking for reusable alternatives to single-use items is sustainable and money-saving.
Here are more swaps that save:
- Swap paper towels for rags made from old t-shirts and bed linen
- Swap facial wipes for washcloths
- Swap take-out coffee cups for a reusable one and some coffee shops will give you a discount whilst you throw less into landfill.
2. Stop Your Money Going Down the Drain
Global warming signs have highlighted just how precious water is. Whilst some countries have way too much, others have too little, so letting what we have just slip away down the drain doesn’t sit right anymore.
Did you know that saving water can also save you money?
- Collect rainwater in a barrel and use it to water your garden. You may never need to use a hose again.
- Only run the dishwasher or do laundry when you have a full load. The machines often use the same amount of water regardless of how much you put in, so you’ll save water and money by running appliances less often.
- Shower instead of having a bath. Baths use 36 gallons of water and showers much less.
- Install water-conserving showerheads and faucets as an easy way to use less water and reduce your bills.
3. Eat Smart and Save Money
More and more people are choosing organic food because organic farmers don’t use pesticides and they use less water and fertilizer. They’re making a great sustainable choice.
The problem is one look in the organic aisle at the grocery store will tell you that buying organic is expensive.
But if you shop smart you can save money and eat green greens!
- Whether you have a window box or a strip of lawn, you can save money by growing your own herbs and vegetables. By growing your favorite produce, you can buy less at the grocery store.
- Freeze or pickle leftovers instead of throwing them away.
- Buy seasonally. Produce in season is often less expensive than produce that’s had to be imported out of season. Seasonal produce has probably traveled less far so you get fresher food with less of an environmental impact and keep more money in your pocket.
- Visit farmer’s markets. Buying directly can mean cheaper organic food because the grocery store isn’t taking a cut.
It’s easier to make impactful changes when both you and the environment benefit from them. So practice some of these easy ways to be sustainable and watch your savings grow.