I’m sure there are many people who would LOVE to help save the planet but are unsure how to. I also know people who think that living an eco-friendly life can be expensive, especially how you need to replace everything in your home with sustainable products.
I want to save the planet due to some regretful memories that I had in the past, so I hope this post will encourage others to make the change now. Although it seems like it’s an expensive decision, let me tell you, living an eco-friendly life doesn’t have to be! And you’ll find out exactly how cheap it is through these 15 frugal steps!
Step 1: Unsubscribe/
opt out on physical mail
Are you opt-in for physical mail? Or you subscribed to magazines that send you physical copies? Opt out and unsubscribe to cut down on paper usage! We have enough paper in our society and we really don’t need anymore! Be eco-friendly and cut them out!
Step 2: Switch off electricity and water that you aren’t using
And that include the ones plugged in as well! Are your lamps plugged in and turned on even in day time? Is your hair dryer plugged in as well? Turn them off!
Water is also something that we could cut down on. Do you leave the water on when you’re shampooing your hair or when you’re brushing your teeth? Not only can you save money, you can save the planet some resources as well!
Step 3: Bring your own food
Not only will it be cheaper to make your own meals, you can also control the amount of plastic you use. Whenever I go out to buy food, they would always hand in some plastic fork/spoon!
Step 4: Slowly replaces your plastic with reusables
Notice how I said slowly? You don’t need to throw everything out the door in one go, you can instead replace them one by one, until your home is mostly reusables! Reusable straws, reusable bags, and no plastic cups!
Step 5: Don’t waste any food
Not only can we reduce our carbon footprint, we are also saving money as well! Start planning your meals so that you know exactly how much groceries you need to get without throwing out expired and excess food.
Step 6: Compost
Okay, so you tried planning for your meals, but some food still end up going bad? Don’t throw it out! Compost it for your garden to not only reduce landfills, but to also provide nutrition to your growing plants!
Step 7: Grow your own
Did I mention gardening? That’s right! Save money and reduce waste by growing your own food! Gardening can really cut down on your grocery expenses and you don’t have to worry about purchasing plastic packaged fruits and vegetables again!
Step 8: RECYCLE!
It is so so important to recycle everything that is recyclable. We can reduce the need to produce new and raw materials by reusing the plastic products that we’ve recycled. This can significantly reduce our landfills.
Step 9: Use LED light bulbs
Not only are they environmentally friendly, they last longer too! Whenever we have blackouts or a lack of electricity (for some reason), our lights will either flicker or glow very dimly. This was not the case for our LED light bulbs. It continued to shine brightly even when there isn’t a lot of electricity running through our house! So definitely replace your light bulbs with LED ones!
Step 10: Use eco-friendly products
Avoid toxic chemical products and start using eco-friendly ones. Look out for products that contains microbeads and avoid them! They are small manufactured plastic particles that do not degrade or dissolve in water!
Step 11: Walk, bike or take public transport
Try and avoid driving as much as you can. I know some people work really far away from home, so that is unavoidable. But if the shops are only a few minutes’
Step 12: Buy locally
Local markets have fresh fruits and vegetables and are also cheaper too! Visit your local market more often to not only save money but to support the local economy too! Hopefully one day, we’ll see land being used for farming instead of buildings.
Step 13: Stop littering
This is really simple, yet too many people do it! If there isn’t a bin around you, just hold on to it until you see one. Don’t throw it in the sea, river, lake, park or ANYWHERE! It can cause pollution and toxic substances to harm our planet. So, don’t do it!
Step 14: Repair it, don’t throw it
There are many things in our home that are in perfect condition, but only a part of it is broken. Instead of throwing it out to contribute to the landfills, we can repair it or reuse it instead! Is your bike a bit broken? Fix it! Is it beyond repair? Reuse it! You can decorate your home by hanging the bike on the wall, or you can use it to decorate your garden! Just don’t throw it out.
Step 15: Encourage others
This is the most difficult step but is also the most rewarding. Encourage others to become more environmentally friendly too. Place an herb plant in your office to liven up the place and reduce the need to buy herbs in packaging. Tell the people around you to stop littering or if they plan on throwing anything out, think ‘do I need one myself?’. There are many things you can do to save the planet, but this is definitely the best way you can do!
Being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. I hope this step by step guide was helpful and would love to hear what you guys thought of it! Well then, bye for now!
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