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Five ways being eco-friendly can actually save you money

Five ways being eco-friendly can actually save you money

Go paperless, avoid plastic and save energy – sound familiar? You hear it everywhere nowadays – Go green! Reduce your carbon footprint! Save the planet! It’s true that we all need to do ‘our bit’ to help the environment. Certainly some changes can be expensive, like buying a hybrid car or switching to organic food, but there are some changes we can all make that will help, plus they can save us money too.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong, 1969

Here’s five ways being eco-friendly can actually save you money –

1) Grow your own vegetables

You don’t need to be a farmer and you don’t even need to have a garden, as long as you’ve got a sunny window you could grow some of your own herbs on the windowsill. If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space and some spare time on your hands, a vegetable patch for your favourite fruit and veg is a good place to start. Perhaps you love cherry tomatoes or strawberries or green beans…whatever it is, grow it with love.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has some helpful guides to get you going.

2) Ride a bike

Yes, the initial outlay of a bike can be expensive, but you’ll soon reap the savings. Cycling is one of the greenest and cheapest forms of transport. You could buy a second-hand bike off Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree and cut down on the cost of fuel by cycling to work or town.

There are many bike hire schemes in most major cities that let you ride for 30 minutes or longer for free, which is a nice way to see the sights, get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air.

3) Bring your own cup

Support your local coffee shop, as well as helping the environment, by taking your own cup along. Some coffee shops offer a discount to customers who use reusable cups, plus it tastes better this way!

Or you could make your own coffee (or tea!) at home and use a thermal flask to keep it hot when you’re out and about.

Reusable water bottles are another great way to cut costs. Treat yourself to a nice reusable bottle that you can refill with tap water numerous times and save money from buying bottled water in the shops. Top tip: Avoid single-use plastic by choosing stainless steel, vacuum insulated, double walled and BPA-free.

4) Create a toy ‘library’

If you have small children, then make use of a toy library so you can cut down on the volume of ‘new toys’ that get thrown away. Or buy second-hand toys from charity shops or websites like ‘Loved Before’ that let you adopt pre-loved teddies.

It can also be great if you can organise for items to be reused amongst friends where children are at slightly different ages…. For example with playmats and jumperoos as they can be quite pricey and have a very short life span.

5) DIY cleaning products

Avoid using harsh chemicals indoors and make your own cleaning products. This can help to cut down on packaging waste and reduce the release of household chemicals that can contribute to air and water pollution.

It’s cheap and easy - all you really need is lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda.

Here’s a couple of ideas -

    • Bathroom and kitchen drains a bit smelly, or clogged up – pour ½ cup of baking soda into the plug hole, add ½ cup of white vinegar and wash away with 2 cups of boiling water.
    • Microwave – to clean away the greasy splash marks put a small cup of white vinegar mixed with lemon juice into the microwave and run for 2 minutes. Leave the door closed for a few minutes more, then remove the cup and wipe away with a warm cloth or sponge.
    • Mirrors and windows looking streaky – combine 1-part white vinegar with 4-parts water and a splash of lemon juice – spray on glass and wipe away with a cloth.

 

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