If we asked you what are some of the major issues of our society nowadays, what would you say?
We’re almost 100% certain you’d mention the economy and the environment, and you’d be right to say so. These are two well-known issues that affect most of us, but what some of us might not know is how to start fighting them. Thankfully, we have some answers for you!
Many people think that switching to organic living would be expensive. If you try to make optimal or smart use of the available resources, you may not only be able to conserve them for a longer time but also save money in the process.
Keep reading and learn six creative ways to save money as well as our planet.
1. Eat Fewer Animal Products
Many people believe that being a vegetarian or a vegan is way too expensive and, for that reason, they continue to buy animal products on a regular basis.
Our challenge for you is that next time you go grocery shopping, you compare the prices of the vegetables and fruits with the price of meat. Quite different, aren’t they?
You don’t need to go fully vegan but eating less meat will help save the planet and your money.
2. Take Shorter Showers
Yes, we know how relaxing it feels to take a long, hot shower. But do you really need it? Even cutting your shower time by two or three minutes every day makes a difference – in the end, it all adds up!
And since we’re on the topic of showering, think about this: do you ever use the hot water tap without also using the cold one? If not, turning down your water heater is also a good idea.
3. Grow Your Food
Your ability to follow this tip depends on how much space you have available at your place. If you have a small backyard, why not start planting vegetables that grow well in the weather conditions you live in?
If you live in a small apartment, don’t worry, you can still grow something you probably use on a daily basis: herbs!
Not just vegetables, there are many other things that you can make at home to save money rather than to go out and purchase. Who knows growing your food or making your own beer to save some dough could turn into a fun hobby for you and your family.
4. Shop at Second Hand-Stores
Fast fashion is one of the biggest producers of waste there is, with 85% of textiles ending up in landfills every year. Furthermore, this industry uses colossal amounts of water (it takes 2700 liters of water to produce one single cotton shirt) and emits 5% of global CO2 emissions.
The good news?
There’s a rising number of clothing stores where you can buy second-hand pieces that are both unique and affordable!
5. Start Using Your Bike Again
The effects of global warming have become increasingly evident all over the world over the past years and one of the biggest contributors to this major issue is car pollution.
Considering the amount of gas that our cars emit, this isn’t hard to understand.
Yet how many times have you used your car when you could have perfectly ridden or even walked there?
Using your bike (or your feet) will help you reduce your eco-footprint, save money on gas and stay active. What else could you ask for?
6. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Single-use plastic is completely 2000 and late and we all know that by now.
So if you still buy plastic bottles, it’s time to change that! By purchasing a reusable bottle, you’ll help reduce the demand for single-use plastic and you’ll be saving money by drinking tap water instead of the often overly-priced bottled water.
Do You Know More Creative Ways to Save Money and the Planet?
The tips we mentioned above are some of the most popular ways of helping the environment while also saving some bucks. But the truth is that there are plenty more creative ways to save money and the Earth!
Do you know of any? If so, let us know in the comments below.
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