Are you interested in pursuing an eco-friendly lifestyle, but hesitant that it might involve additional costs? Our mission is to inspire you to introduce environmentally friendly changes in your daily life and welcome you on board the train leading to a greener future. In this article, we would like to debunk the myth of an eco-friendly lifestyle being more expensive and share some money-saving tips that will make you excited about becoming an eco-warrior yourself. Ready? Let’s dive right in.
To begin with, there is a common misconception that a switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle will result in higher bills at the end of the month. While some products like organic food might seem more expensive initially, we have to look further and think about the higher nutrition value and health benefits of such a diet. The same goes for clothing – if you invest in a sustainably produced, high-quality piece, you’ll indeed pay more for it, but it will last longer, especially when compared to a similar fast fashion item.
Are you still having some doubts about an environment-friendly lifestyle? Here is a list of 6 money-saving tips to convince you that living sustainably does not necessarily mean you have to break the bank.
Tip #1 – Shop second-hand
One of the zero waste principles is to use what already exists, and, on this note, you can save a lot of money in the future. Whenever you plan to buy a piece of clothing, jewelry, books, toys, or other items, try to find it second-hand if possible. The thrift stores are usually well-stocked in things in perfectly good condition that have never been used, but cost significantly less than buying a brand-new thing. Shopping for clothes in vintage stores can be a fun experience, as you have many more styles available, and you can even run into some designer pieces for just a fraction of their original cost. If browsing through piles of clothes and shoes is not for you, you can always check the online thrift stores that have been on the rise in the last couple of years.
Tip #2 – Drink from a reusable drink bottle
One of the best money-saving tips is to start using a refillable drink bottle. You buy it once and then just fill it with your drink of choice to stay properly hydrated throughout the day. As the municipal governments are becoming aware of the plastic pollution problem, we see many water refill stations popping up around the world, most of them completely free of charge.
Tip #3 – Reduce single-use items
One of the primary sources of plastic waste in the oceans and landfills is single-use items such as plastic bags, cups, cutlery, cotton bud sticks, etc. Many people like to grab their takeaway coffee on their way to work in the morning, but few are aware that those cups can’t be recycled because they are made from paper and plastic film. In fact, for a takeaway coffee cup like it will take about 30 years to break down, if not longer. A great solution is to bring your reusable cup. With that in mind, at Skaza, we developed EcoCare cups made from sugar cane plastic. They are perfect for everyday use and any kind of beverage. Even though the global pandemic urged us to stay away from public events, we are slowly overcoming it, which is an excellent opportunity to celebrate. In case you are planning a birthday party, a dinner, or any other social gathering, make sure to choose reusable table sets, like our colorful Pick&Go set.
Tip #4 – Reuse your organic waste
Eating out every day can be pretty expensive, so we encourage you to start preparing your meals at home. Aside from saving money, homecooked meals are much healthier because you can regulate exactly what and how much use in the preparation. This next money-saving tip is excellent for all of those who cook at home regularly. All the kitchen scraps produced add up to the amount of your organic waste, which shows on your garbage collection bill at the end of the month. Here is where bokashi composting comes into play. Did you know that when using a Bokashi Organko composter, your organic waste is reduced by 25%? This has to do with the fermentation process that occurs in the composter. Reduced organic waste means you won’t have to take it out so frequently. Aside from saving money, we are also saving time here, and who wouldn’t want that?
Tip #5 – Grow your food
There is nothing better than enjoying a plate of fresh fruit or vegetables that we planted, watered, and picked up ourselves. The smell and taste are just so much better than with the store-bought food. If you are thinking of starting your garden or maybe planting some herbs in your apartment, bokashi composting is a nice way to start. Why, you’ll ask? The side product of bokashi composting is fermented organic matter, rich in nutrients that can be used in your garden to promote healthy soil and growth. Another side product is bokashi liquid, drained from the composter every couple of days, that can be used diluted to fertilize your house plants and even herbs. You will end up saving money on the plants and fertilizer simultaneously.
Tip #6 – Gift experiences instead of items
As you can see, pursuing a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive. Overall, the best tip to save money is, of course, to buy less all year round. Let us analyze our spending habits and see if there is room for improvement. We can evaluate if we really need that many new clothes or come up with better ideas for birthday presents. It is always best to choose experience over useless objects that would clutter our space in the end anyway.
At Skaza, we strive to be as eco-friendly as we can, and we are working hard to develop products and solutions that will keep our planet clean for us and all future generations. To read more about sustainable lifestyle and find out some other cool tips and tricks, head to our Sustainable Lifestyle Blog.
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