How to be Sustainable on a Budget

Let’s face it, we all care about the environment, but most of the ways for being more sustainable are EXPENSIVE. When you don’t have a lot of money at the best of times spending £120 on a jumper, as opposed to £20 from a non-sustainable brand, is impossible. Good intentions or no, money still doesn’t grow on trees. Thus, I thought I would do a little post about the ways I’ve found to be more sustainable on a budget (in some cases saving money).

  1. Buy reusable items.

Spending a few quid on a reusable water bottle, reusable lunch boxes instead of single use food bags, etc. may seem daunting at first but those things can be purchased cheaply. You don’t need a designer water bottle (how have they even become a thing?). Plus, they’ll save you a lot of money down the line. I used to buy several disposable bottles of water a week, at £1-2 a pop, but after spending £7.99 on a reusable water bottle several months ago I’ve not bought a disposable bottle since. Money saved, planet saved, happy days.

  1. Reduce single use plastic.

Why does fruit and veg come in plastic? What is that even about? The big companies seem to wrap EVERY bloody thing in plastic. Shop local, if possible, and buy those same products without the plastic wrapper.

Oh no, someone might have touched that apple before you. Good job we have clean running water in every single place in the country to wash it, right?

  1. Recycle!

It’s literally free. If you don’t recycle I don’t want to know you. This may sound harsh but I frankly don’t care. It is no skin off your nose whatsoever to recycle and it makes such a monumental impact on the environment.

  1. Buy second hand.

Recently we’ve become obsessed with getting lots for little. Whereas previous generations made do and mended, we’ve thrown in landfill and purchased new. There are plenty of ways we can reuse clothes, remake them into something new, recycle them, or simply buy second hand. Charity shops get a bad rep but they can be a goldmine. And it’s so much more affordable than buying new (I’ve often found clothes in charity shops still with the tags on. Just something to think about).

  1. Menstrual cups.

OH NO, I MENTIONED PERIODS, HIIIIIDE!! This is controversial (for some bizarre reason that needs a whole other post…) but think of all the waste we put into landfill by using tampons and pads with plastic applicators and packaging. A menstrual cup has none of that, holds more than a tampon or pad, and while it involves an initially higher price (but not an astronomical one), it saves you loads of money in the long run. Yes, it does take some getting used to, I won’t lie, but it is so worth it. And no, if there are men reading this, I won’t apologise. Women bleed. Get the F over it, bros.

  1. Walk.

How dare I suggest you do exercise? But here’s the thing, I see people driving to places easily reachable via your own two feet all the time, and it is so frustrating. Walking IS FREE. Plus, a brisk walk every day will also save you money on gym classes so you’ll be quid’s in. Not to mention the benefits to your physical and mental health. Another thing to think about.

 

If you have any other suggestions/ recommendations for ways to be sustainable–particularly clothing brands that don’t cost the earth (literally and figuratively)–leave a comment below.

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