Even though people are starting to be more interested in eco friendly living, many are still not aware that there are lots of simple steps they could do in their daily lives, in order to have a positive contribution to the planet’s health. Going green on a budget should be the core of an environmentally friendly lifestyle because there should be no need to consume more, and therefore spend more, in order to achieve it.
Whether you are thinking of going green so you can help the environment or you are here just to try out my on a budget tips, any step you take towards eco friendly living is one that eventually helps the world. These steps come with no costs involved. All that it is needed is your will to commit to sustainable habits in the long run.
1. Canvas Tote Bags
To begin with, switch to reusable shopping bags, like canvas tote bags. You must have one of those promotional canvas bags at home, from one of those events you attended. Always carry one in your purse when you are doing your grocery shopping and stop saying yes when asked if you want a bag at the supermarket. In addition, you will slowly get rid of that drawer filled with plastic bags at home. There will be more space for the reusable products in your eco friendly collection.
2. Reusable Containers
Store in reusable containers. No going green journey is complete without “on a budget” reusables in it. You don’t have to buy new ones, that is a big point of it. Just save some jars, the metal containers such as those that come with the tea or with your favorite coffee and the paper bags from food deliveries. Then you can either buy refills for those products or store new things in the old packaging. You could store various kitchen ingredients in each of them.
Recycle batteries, appliances, paper, and plastics. If your government, like mine, does not have some clear regulations on how you should recycle, you can do it in your own way. Store your papers in a previously saved paper bag and your plastics in another. Then, once in a while, take them to one of the recycling centers in town. In fact, you can do this with any material that has recycling potential.
4. Print Less
Save trees. Print less. Ask to receive all of your household bills by email only. If your work involves prints, then stop printing drafts, edit your files on screen, use the actual size mode on screen in case of a bigger drawing, remove wasted blank spaces from documents and use eco fonts that use less ink, in case of a necessary print. Go paperless whenever possible.
Switch to an eco-browser. Ecosia is based in Germany, and it uses its profits to plant trees around the world in various projects of reforestation. Their servers run on 100% renewable sources and they claim to protect your data, as well as, protect forests. Moreover, since 2014 they are a Certified B Corporation. This means that their business model meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Do you know anything else we could do to be more environmentally friendly? Share your ideas and habits with us and let’s save the planet together!