Monday is all about starting afresh, right? So why not kick off your week by making some small changes to your habits that will not only help your hip pocket but mother nature as well?
All you need to do is follow the three Rs of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle for a successfully green/money motivated week:
At the supermarket: Excessive use of plastic is a major problem that largely contributes to waste. So next time you’re at the supermarket opt for selecting your fruit and veg by hand and avoid the pre-packaged alternative that is often more expensive for the same quantity.
With your products: Follow Macklemore’s advice in his song “Thrift Shop” and go second hand shopping. By purchasing pre-loved clothes from outlets like Vinnies you’ll grab a bargain whilst helping mother nature, as you’re saving clothes from going to waste at landfills. Another way to get your fashion fix and reduce your consumption is by attending clothes swap events run by the Clothing Exchange. Only purchasing used items can really save you big bucks, for instance one Mozo staffer saved $1,000 over a month by partaking in the Buy Nothing New Challenge.
At the supermarket: According to Earth First, Australians currently use over 4 billion plastic bags at the checkout every year. So investing in some eco friendly re-usable bags is a great way of cutting down your family’s eco footprint.
With your products: That empty bottle of wine…a candle holder. That used jam jar…a planter for herbs. That old magazine…material for making collages with the kids. The options for re-using are really endless and every little bit helps when it comes to reducing your footprint.
At the supermarket: Look for products that are made out of recycled materials. For instance the below paper towel from Coles Online is 100% recycled and is also cheaper than some competitor brands of the same quantity.
2 Ply Green Choice Paper Towels 2 pack – $2.50
Ultra Print Paper Towels 2 pack – $3.40
With your products: It might be easy to throw an item you no longer use in the bin, but there are plenty of companies out there that offer recycling programs and some even come with incentives. For instance, if you return 6 empty containers of MAC makeup to stores in Australia, you’ll receive a free lipstick. There are plenty of other products you can recycle from your smartphone to your laptop, so always check before you chuck it in the trash.
Want more tips on helping the environment and your hip pocket? Then read our Wacky ways to save on energy guide.