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It's Time For A Change
After decades of unrestrained consumption and using Earth’s natural resources mindlessly it’s time to rethink our lifestyle choices and become more eco-friendly for a better future for all.
The time to act is now to protect the environment. Not only because we cannot “migrate” to other planets but because we owe it to present and future generations. That sounds rather severe, I know. But it’s true.
I want to be a part of positive change that’s why in today’s post I’m sharing with you 8 simple ways you can save the environment while saving money. Because why not do both simultaneously?
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
5 Mindset Shifts To Protect Our Planet's Health
Slow Fashion over Fast Fashion
Glass over Plastic
Organic over Toxic
Unprocessed over Processed
Quality over Quantity
1. Be Intentional With Your Spendings
Oftentimes we buy something without much thought. We make a purchase after seeing or hearing an advertisement on TV, online, or on social media and we feel we have to have it. We buy IT not because we need it, but because we want it.
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” Why do we do it? Well, probably because we want to be live happy without doing any work. So we search for quick fixes for complex problems instead of addressing the issue appropriately.
Before the social media era being intentional with spendings was a bit easier. We weren’t surrounded by advertising. Now it’s different. Now, it’s important to be vigilant and almost immune to advertising. Otherwise, the fear of missing out will cost the trust a fortune.
The solution to that is to simplify your spending and be more intentional with your shopping. And what better way to do that than by creating a “to-buy” intentional spending list?
- Create a “to-buy” intentional spending list
- Put items you want to buy on this list
- Ask yourself if you are spending in line with my values
- Ask yourself how a certain product or service will improve the quality of your life
- Ask yourself what are the alternative options (borrowing or buying second-hand)
- Before you make a purchase wait at least 7 days and if you still feel like the purchase is a necessity, buy it
2. Go Reusable
The next tip that will help you to save money while saving the environment is to go reusable. It might seem like a small detail, but it’ll have a significant impact on your financial well-being and on the Earth.
Plastic pollution is a huge problem, and whether we like it or not we all have contributed to that. Fortunately, it’s not too late to fix it. But we can only do it if we do it together and we’ve got to do it now. There is no more time to wait. It is our responsibility to take care of the environment.
Simply reducing our plastic usage and going reusable can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping our earth clean and making an impact on the environment.
3. Start A Small Garden
There is nothing more delicious than fresh herbs in your food. And if you prepare your meals with herbs that you have grown yourself the whole experience become even more satisfying. Not to mention that growing your own herbs is much cheaper than buying them in a grocery store.
Just imagine eating pizza Margherita, Spaghetti Carbonara or Caprese sandwich with fresh herbs… Getting hungry just thinking about it! So if you like the idea of preparing your meals with fresh, organic and delicious herbs you should start a herb garden, just like I did! Gardening is very trendy right now!
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4. DIY Cleaning Products
Most household cleaners that you can find on supermarket shelves are not only very expensive but also extremely toxic. Thus if you are concerned about your health and the planet’s you should start making natural cleaning products ASAP! Not only it will help you to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals at home but also you will save a significant amount of money. ‘Cause, let’s be honest, industrial cleaning products are pretty expensive.
DIY-ing home & kitchen cleaning products is easy, safe, simple and fun. Everyone can do it! And the best is, that you don’t have to make different types of products. You can easily make an all-purpose non-toxic cleaner with only 4 extremely cheap and natural ingredients. That’s exactly what I did following the recipes & uses I mention below.
How To Make Natural Households Cleaners
5. Donate or Sell, Don’t Toss
A deep spring cleaning is done and now you have:
- a pile of nearly new ladies clothes
- a box of books that you’ve already read and you have no intention to reread
- designer bags that you regret purchasing
- lots of kitchen gadgets you’ve never used
- a backpack in good condition
- gently used youth sports equipment you don’t need anymore
- Christmas decoration in pretty good condition
- some used furniture you don’t want to keep but throwing it away is not an option
- because it’s still in a good condition
- and much other stuff you don’t want or use anymore
Great! Now you can sell it all and earn some money!
The secondhand market is growing rapidly during the pandemic as consumer habits change. Being stuck at home and not being able to spend money as usual made people rethink how they spend the money they have. Spending on trivial things goes out of style, whilst getting higher quality used items for a lower price is becoming a new trend. So before you even think of getting rid of your “clutter”, check if you could sell it or donate it.
Places To Sell Your Clutter
6. Save Water
Water makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface. Which means we don’t have to worry about water shortage, right? I mean, Earth is a watery planet, which means there’s plenty of freshwater for everyone. And we shouldn’t be concern about the future of water. Well, not really.
Currently about 70% of the world’s freshwater withdrawals are for agriculture, 16% are for energy and industry and 14% are for domestic purposes. Recent work suggests that unless we change our historic approach to how we use water, we could face a 40% gap by 2030 between global demand and what can sustainably be supplied.
So as you can see, the security of freshwater resources around the world is of increasing concern. We should all be concerned about it. Furthermore, we should all be saving water. Below you will find 5 simple ways you can reduce your water usage to help preserve our environment and save money on your water bill.
- Wash only full loads of laundry
- Run your dishwasher with a full load only
- Take shorter (and colder) showers
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
- Save water while cooking
7. Use Energy More Efficiently
Another smart way to save the environment while saving money is to reduce building energy consumption, or more simply – start using energy more efficiently.
Most people are outraged and shocked when they see their monthly utility bill yet they don’t do much to save money on utilities. This is kind of strange especially when you realize how simple is that. All it takes to keep your electricity bill down is to start conserving energy in the home. This is exactly how I did it. I became an energy-conscious consumer. I made a couple of changes in my daily life that cut my electric bill in half. If you’re interested in doing so, here are 13 simple ways to save money while keeping your electricity bill down:
- Unplug your electronics when you leave the house
- Only wash full loads of dishes or clothes
- Turn off lights during the day & use natural light
- Use less hot water
- Install a digital thermostat (or turn your thermostat down)
- Limit your water usage
- Turn your water heater down
- Change your air filters more often
- Switch light bulbs
- Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors
- Run your major appliances in off-peak hours
- Do not heat or cool your home when no one is in
- Use any appliance’s eco-mode
8. Drive Less If You Can
I love when people say: Everyone should ride a bike or walk to work to cut carbon emissions from transportation. The thing is, it’s not always possible. Riding a bike to work can be a challenge if you are living in rural areas where it is a must to have a car. And I don’t think I know one single person who could walk to work. Except those who work from home due to the pandemic.
But you can use public transport…they say… Well, that’s also not true. Not every big city has a good public transportation system. So even these days, there are cases when you really need a car. However, it does not mean that we should not try to reduce car use, especially in urban areas. Of course, we should!
There are many benefits of reducing car usage and saving the planet’s health is only one of them. Because if you drive less and walk (or bike) more you save a substantial amount of money and you increase physical activity throughout your day. It is a win-win situation. So if you can go on foot, go by bike or use public transportation instead of driving do it. But if you can’t, don’t beat yourself up for that. Just try to be a more environment-conscious car owner!
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