Living green or being eco-friendly on a budget isn't as difficult as you may think. A few tweaks to what we do now could save us fortunes and save the planet at the same time.
Today, we have a guest post from Charlotte over at Looking After Your Pennies.
I started my blog, Looking After Your Pennies back in 2018 because I was passionate about personal finance and the environment.
So, I created a space where I could discuss the two together.
Many people think that to live an eco-friendly lifestyle you must spend a load of money on fancy water bottles and bees wax wraps. But some of the best things you can do for the planet to start living green are cheap or even free.
Here are some simple steps you can take to help save the planet that won’t break your budget.
In the UK, we have had the services to recycle waste for a long time, yet some of us avoid doing it because it is hard or inconvenient.
Therefore, I recommend you take some time to review your waste systems (bins basically) to simplify it and make it as easy as possible for you to recycle.
2. Make do
I like having nice shiny new things, but buying new things means that we are throwing away old things.
If something works then make do. If you can get a few more months of use out your shoes, or waiting until your washing machine breaks beyond repair, will of course save you money and means less stuff will end up in landfill.
3. Make switches as you go
I see lots of people who want to go plastic free, throw away all their plastic stuff and replace them with expensive metal or glass versions.
This is worse than using the plastic in the first place. It is much better to use those products until they reach the end of their life and THEN replace them with more eco-friendly options.
4. Drive Less
I used to be so bad at taking my car for super short journeys. I would drive my car 30 seconds down the road, just to get a bar of chocolate from Tesco Express.
Once I stopped doing this, I saved money and helped the planet. Not to mention that the exercise from walking went some way towards offsetting that chocolate.
Even if you can’t walk somewhere then consider using a bike or public transport. Both have the potential to save you money and you’ll be doing the planet a real favour too.
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5. Sell your unwanted stuff
If you’ve had a de-clutter and have some things that you want to get rid of then try selling them instead. You’ll be amazed at the stuff people are willing to buy.
For every item you sell, you are saving it from hitting landfill prematurely. The best bit is that you might make some money. Double win!
Eco-friendly isn’t expensive
When you start to think about it, there are so many simple things you can do that if we all did would make a huge difference to the future of the planet.
And remember that even taking small steps towards an eco-friendly lifestyle is far better than doing nothing at all.
Thanks Charlotte for you ideas today on how we can go green without breaking the bank and save money! I especially found her article 7 Easy Ways To Save Money And The Planet really useful - it contained some really easy things you can action at home today.