One of the most common reasons we hear for not going green is the affordability of it. Most people think that being sustainable is going to cost them money they just simply don’t have. Well, we’re here to tell you that is the farthest thing from the truth. While there are some sustainable choices that might be a bit pricey, there are many choices you can make that won’t break the bank. Actually, there are many choices that will instead SAVE you money. Don’t believe me? Check out the list below!
- Re-use, Re-sell, and Re-buy clothing
Do you really need that new pair of jeans you saw on Instagram when you have roughly 15 pairs that haven’t left your dresser in months? I know it’s hard to say no to new things especially when it’s placed in front of your face everyday, but you can still replace your wardrobe without hurting the planet. Step 1: Rework what you already have. Check out Pinterest! There are plenty of easy DIY tutorials that will make you fall in love with what you already own after just a few easy steps. The best part? You don’t have to spend a dime! Step 2: Re-sell your clothes. Not artsy enough for reworking your clothes? Take your them to your local thrift shop and make some extra money. Step 3: Re-buy clothing. If you’re already at your local thrift store making a few extra dollars, why not use that toward some new-to-you pieces?
- Plan meals before heading to the grocery store
Did you know 20% of landfills are full on wasted food? It can be tricky to know how much to buy and what you’ll eat before the expiration date, especially when we can barely decide what we want for dinner, but we have a simple solution! Before you head to the grocery store, pre-plan your meals for the week. This simple solution will not only be more sustainable, it will save you time and money.
- Why not make it instead?
How much money do you spend each morning on coffee? What is the sense in buying a $5 coffee when you can make it yourself for much less? Not only will you save yourself money, but taking a travel mug with you will also be much more environmentally friendly. The great thing is that making things like iced-coffee, iced-tea, kombucha is quick and easy. You can make enough for the week in a reusable pitcher, place it in the fridge and spare yourself some time waiting in line each morning.
- Simple & Easy Switches
If you really feel like your life is too busy right now to even think about adding any of these into your life here are a few very simple things you can do to be more eco-friendly on a daily basis.
1.Use cold or warm water when doing laundry. This will save you money in electricity.
2.Switch to LED lights
3. Try taking shorter showers. Time yourself and see how long it normally takes you to shower and set a timer for 5 minutes less.
These simple switches will make a difference over time until you’re ready to make other sustainable choices!