Environmentalist and climate change activist Greta Thunberg shook the world at the last United Nations convention. Thunberg made an impactful and emotional speech shaming all world leaders and accusing them of not doing enough to stop the uncontrollable earth pollution and climate changes.
What happens on a UN convention might have little to do with us, but in reality, we can do way more than we think, mostly by making better choices. On the other hand, you will be surprised to know how much of those changes can help you save money.
Take a look at a few ways to save money while saving the environment.
1. Dodge the use of plastic
About 60-70 years ago, plastic was widely introduced to well-developed countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, etc. And even though it was an absolute revelation that we have been using for almost everything, it turns out it has an expiry date. As of today, we are swimming in an ocean of plastic – literally. In fact, plastic is even proven to be unhealthy if used for too long. This means that if you have a lot of plastic containers that you use on a daily basis, you will have to purchase new ones every couple of months. In the long run, such actions not only increase pollution but are also cost-intensive.
By purchasing products made from glass, bamboo, or other eco-friendly materials, you are not only spending your money right but are making a more eco-friendly, long-term investment.
Yes, we live in a digital era. Which means that we have a lot of electronics plugged-in at all times. Even when turned off, all of those electronic devices still consume electricity. Try to unplug as many chargers as you can when not needed. Once again, this will benefit both you and the environment.
3. Reusable products
Using a product more than once can sound very old-school, but it is proven to be both cost-effective and eco-friendly. Think about it! Over-consumption can be selfish and very expensive. By investing in reusable products, you will not only save money but also reduce pollution.
4. Think about transportation
It is estimated that one-third of earth pollution is caused by transportation. Think about the transportation you use on a daily basis. If it is possible, try to bike or use public transportation. Both are proven to be more cost-effective and eco-friendlier than cars.
5. Save water
There are about 2.5 million people living in third world countries that still don’t have access to clean water. Imagine that… now try to picture how much water you use on a daily base. Exactly! Colgate has been around for 200 years, and they have come up with a small, but working solution. In 2016 Colgate launched a “Save Water” campaign that motivates people to “turn-off-the-faucet-while-brushing”. It has been said that “Save Water” saves up to 11,000 litters in a year. In addition, there are many other ways to increase the number of saved liters, such as running full loads of clothes and dishes or taking shorter showers. These new habits will surely have a positive effect on your utility bills as well.