Let’s talk about waste.
It is easy to throw rubbish away and think ‘out of sight, out of mind’ but do you really know how much waste you are producing over the span of your life?
You might be surprised to know that you will produce a LOT of rubbish in one lifetime – an average of 64 tons of landfill just from you!
This is more than just the plastic wrappers you put in the bin each day to be collected. There are so many different types of waste; from packaging to food, clothing and furniture. Anything that you are no longer using and put in the bin or out for collection is classed as waste.
So do you want to know how you can live a low waste life and even save yourself money in the process?
I have a few tips below on how you can achieve this and feel good about reducing your waste.
The cost of living has increased and there are always going to be things that we need to purchase. New clothes, new furniture, books, toys and much more.
One way to not only tackle these expenses, but to also reduce the waste that is being produced, is by purchasing these items second hand.
Pop into your local second hand store and see what bargains you can find. By doing this you are only paying a fraction of the cost of what a new item would be and you are slowing down the need for more products to be manufactured and the environmental impact that comes with that.
One thing I always grab from the charity store is outfits for kids’ plays and school activities; they usually only need it once.
And when you are finished with your items, don’t forget to donate them back to your local charity store so that you can help someone else save a bit of money and the planet!
Another way to save money on buying new things and to stop creating additional waste that will end up in landfill, is by repurposing the things that you already have.
There are many different craft and DIY ideas out there if you just hit Google.
Some great ideas are for repurposed furniture. You can turn an old baby cot into a kid’s desk or turn an old coffee table into an ottoman.
There are so many different things you can do. By doing this you are saving yourself money by not going out and buying a brand new piece of furniture (which can be a big expense!) and you are saving that old piece from ending up in landfill. Win-win!
So why not try this? When you have an item that you would normally throw in landfill, think about how it could be reused/repurposed and if you are stuck for ideas, search the internet and you will find A LOT!
Use reusable products
The initial cost of purchasing reusable products can be a larger outlay, however, once you have the items purchased it will then become an investment and save you money in the long run.
People often think ‘going green’ is expensive, but when you compare buying a bottle of water everyday to purchasing a reusable one that will last for years, there is no comparison.
Reusable products are built to last and will often outlive you!
The number of single use products that end up in landfill every day is terrifying and needs to stop; many of these products are made from plastics that will never break down completely. By using re-usable products you are reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill.
Once you have your ‘reusable kit’ ready, make a commitment to never buy single-use items again. Quite a few years ago now, I decided that I would never buy another coffee in a takeaway cup (no matter how much I neeeeeded one!) and believe me, I only ever forgot my reusable cup once!
Make coffee and meals at home
Have you ever sat down and calculated how much you are spending on takeaway coffee and takeaway meals in a week? The amount can be scary when you work it out!
If you stop buying takeaway drinks and meals throughout the week and start making them at home before you leave the house, or once you get home from work, you will not only reduce your impact on the environment, but also on your wallet.
Takeaway coffee and meals produce a lot of waste that ends up in landfill.
Many places are starting to use eco-friendly packaging, which is great, however, they need to be disposed of correctly in order for them to be able to compost and break down properly, and unfortunately, quite often they are not.
If you make your meals at home you are using a lot more fresh produce which means less packaging and less waste. The cost of a jar of coffee is a lot better value than the $4 cups that you purchase from your local café every day.
There are so many other ways that you can save money whilst looking after the environment, but why not start with these easy ones. Tackle one at a time and see the changes not only to the environment, but to your bank balance as well!
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