Ways to Help the Environment and Your Wallet!

We can all do our part in helping the environment, and why not also save a bit of money along the way? Below are some of my tips as well as some tips from the community about how to do both!

Eat Less Meat!

Quite an obvious one. A diet incorporating meat will often be much more expensive than that of a plant based diet. There is also research out there to indicate a plant based diet is also much better for your health. If you eat meat in every meal, it might be worth looking at ways to cut back. No one is expecting you to completely eliminate meat from your diet instantly, but trying to have a meat free day or more a week could go a long way in helping the environment and saving you money.

Reuse! Reuse! Reuse!

Did I say it enough? One way to save money and also help the environment is to reuse! For an upfront cost, you could buy a few reusable items that could save you a lot more money in the long run. Even becoming creative and re purposing items could be a great way to save money and save the planet. Reusing jars as containers, old t-shirts as cleaning cloths, turning food scraps into compost for the garden, the opportunities are endless.

Some reusable items you could buy to save you in the long run:

  • Keep cup
  • Drink Bottle
  • Tupperware/glass jars
  • Silicone lids
  • Un-baking paper
  • Reusable bags
  • Reusable straws and cutlery
Can you turn your household into a zero waste zone?
Reduce Wastage

This kind of goes without saying. Buying less and throwing away less is obviously great for our wallet and the planet. The best way to help this is to plan your shop before you actually go. Pre-planning meals and buying only what you need will mean you will be less likely to throw things out. A way I try to reduce waste is to only go shopping again once I have used up everything from my previous shop. I tend to get a few interesting meals doing it this way but it is always fun to try, and I always feel better knowing I’ve not wasted any food or money.

Other ways to save money & be environmentally friendly
  • Limit water usage/use rain water where possible
  • Buy in bulk to decrease amount of packaging
  • Shop in season/shop at local markets
  • Recycle bottles & cans at local depots for 10 cents each
  • Start composting
  • Start a veggie patch
Summary

Helping the environment isn’t about being perfect, its about doing lots of little things. If we all make a couple of small changes each in our lifestyles, it will have a large impact on the environment.

Any other ideas or useful strategies? Let me know in the comments!

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