Going green needn’t cost the Earth
11.09.2018 by Jim Ker
A lot of us would like to make environmentally friendly changes but sometimes it can be hard to justify purchasing higher cost alternatives when juggling a stretched household budget. We have pulled together 8 lifestyle changes we could all make that may help save us some money too!
1. Keep some shopping bags in the boot of your car or the bottom of your bag so you don’t get caught short without your reusable bags when visiting the supermarket. Not only will it reduce plastic usage it could just save you some money too. It is estimated that the average family in the UK uses 800-1200 shopping bags each year, which equates to a £40 – £60 spend each year just on shopping bags!
2. Buy loose vegetables – these can often be cheaper in supermarkets than their over-packaged alternatives and can be emptied straight from your shopping bag to your vegetable rack. It might speed up the time it takes to unpack all your shopping too.
3. Try to avoid single-use products, such as snack packs / individual portions of food or airline sized toiletries. These often have a very large packaging to product ratio and cost considerably more than a larger size pack by volume. Could you buy a larger pack and fill it into smaller reusable containers to suit your needs?
4. Can you reduce cling film use? Why not use Tupperware with lids or wrap in reusable beeswax covers – you could make your own or buy on Amazon.
5. If you often purchase takeaway coffees, why not invest in a reusable cup to keep in your bag? Many coffee shops offer an incentive to use a reusable cup, such as Costa who discount their drinks by 25p each time you buy with a reusable cup.
6. Expecting to be out all day? Take a refillable bottle with you to avoid buying single-use bottled waters. This can save you money and reduce plastic consumption.
7. Get together with a group of friends and bulk buy toilet roll. Who Gives a Crap produce toilet paper from recycled and sustainable sources. 50% of their profits are donated to not for profit organisations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries. When we recently did our sums, we found bulk buying from WGAC to be cheaper than buying from Aldi.
8. Check your recycling. What items do you throw out most? Is there an alternative? Have you considered using a bar of soap rather than bottles of handwash and shower gel? These are often cheaper and can be purchased without any plastic packaging. Did you know that shampoo and conditioner can now be purchased in a solid form too? Lush Cosmetics claim to have saved 6 million bottles from being produced through selling shampoo bars globally rather than the bottled equivalents.
We’d love to hear any other suggestions you might have. Contact us and let us know!