- A reusable water bottle
- Kitchen Towels
- Reusable Silicone Bags
- Cloth Napkins
- Drying Rack
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Reusable Grocery Bag
- Eco-friendly Razors
- Homemade All-purpose Cleaner
- Reusable Straws
- Eco-friendly Gift Packaging
- Wooden Utensils
- Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
- LED Light Bulbs
- A Bike
When I first started to think about ways to reduce my ecological footprint, I was afraid that going green will cost me a pretty penny. Of course, if you think that you immediately need to buy solar panels or switch to a hybrid car, that may seem not affordable. But what approach I recommend is making small changes using what you already have and spending as little as possible. In this article we are talking about sustainable products that will save you money and be equally good for the environment.
#1 Reusable Water Bottle
This is the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about green products. We drink water a lot, or at least many of us try to. If you grab a plastic bottle of water on your way to work or to the gym that would probably be good for your health, but not as environmentally friendly. A plastic bottle takes more than 450 years to decompose. Imagine how many plastic bottles we throw away every day. A glass or aluminum reusable bottle will cost you more than a plastic one, but you will save money in the long run. The same is true about a reusable coffee cup. There is a number of options of any color, for any taste and budget.
#2 Kitchen Towels
Just think about how many paper towels we throw away while cleaning every day! Especially after a huge party. I agree that paper towels are easy to use and you don’t need to worry about washing them afterwards. But if you’ve made a conscious decision to develop eco-friendly habits then switching to reusable kitchen towels will be a great first step. And yes, they will save you money. There are tons of eco-friendly options such as cotton or bamboo kitchen towels. Your dishes will shine and Mother Nature will thank you.
#3 Reusable Silicone Bags
Reusable silicone bags can be easily washed and dried. They are not heavy and won’t take much of your fridge space. There are even leak-proof options, so you can store soups and other liquids in them. Adding to the fact that reusable silicone bags are more durable than their plastic counterparts, you can save money over years. Considering that these are better for your health, purchasing a reusable silicone bag is one of the ways to go greener.
#4 Cloth Napkins
When I was a kid we used to have these cloth napkins that could be easily washed and used over and over again. Then the paper napkins got into fashion to be another obstacle to eco-friendly living. So why not try and use cloth napkins again? Instead of throwing them away in the trash after using, you can put them in the washing machine and reuse. Of course, a pack of paper napkins won’t be of that harm to your wallet. But when thinking about environmental damage, using cloth napkins seems like a way better option.
#5 Drying Rack
Needless to say that using this simple and affordable item can save you money on energy you use to dry your clothes. You’ll do a favor both to your clothes by allowing the fabric to dry naturally and help the environment by reducing your power usage.
#6 Rechargeable Batteries
This kind of purchase will cost you more initially but will save you cash compared to using one-time batteries in the long run. Now let’s count how many devices in your house use batteries. If you have 5 to 8 such devices, just think about how much money you will save if you get yourself a pack of rechargeable batteries. They may cost twice as regular ones but can be used up to 1000 times. Does it already seem like an investment you want to make for a more environmentally friendly living?
#7 Reusable Grocery Bag
We all go to a grocery store, so why not get yourself a bag that will be both stylish and safe for the environment. You might already have such a bag lying in a deep dark corner and waiting for you to grab it. Or you can make a DIY one out of old clothes. Or you can buy one. Whatever option you choose, it will be better than buying a new plastic bag each time you go shopping.
#8 Eco-friendly Razors
Switching to a stainless steel safety razor to replace a regular plastic razor may not be the first thing you want to do. But considering the positive effect on the enviro situation and savings for your wallet, you will definitely want to try this one. We all want things that are easy and quick to use, so you may find safety razors a bit unusual at the beginning. But gradually when you get your hand in at using them, you will not want to go back.
#9 Homemade All-purpose Cleaner
The cleaners you are buying in the supermarket contain dozens of chemicals harmful both for humans and the environment. Consider also the fact that we tend to buy different cleaners for different purposes. One for cleaning your tub or shower, one for your stove and sink, one for removing stains from your kitchen table. Marketing ads make us believe that we need a separate cleaner heavily packaged in plastic to keep our home clean and neat. In reality, you can create your own eco-friendly DIY cleaner using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. You can use it for more than one purpose and it is safe both for your family and the environment.
#10 Reusable Straws
Are you a fan of smoothies or like drinking coffee with a straw? Then think about some reusable products that won’t end up in the ocean after being used once. There are many eco-friendly straws options out there such as stainless steel straws, silicone straws or bamboo straws.
#11 Eco-friendly Gift Packaging
Think about it as a way of giving your friend two presents in one. Why wrap your gift in paper or plastic when it will be eventually thrown away? As a cool alternative to plastic or paper packaging you can use scarfs, shawls, bandannas or again a cotton kitchen towel. There are many creative options, which can be reused many times.
#12 Wooden Utensils
Whenever you are having a picnic, a great choice would be to supply your guests with a set of reusable wooden utensils. First of all, they look pretty cool. Secondly, they do no harm to the environment. They require a little bit more care than the plastic ones since you need to wash them instead of throwing into trash. But take into account the idea of minimizing our impact on landfills and ocean pollution.
#13 Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
This is an irreplaceable thing on each girl’s makeup table. The easiest thing is to buy a pile of cotton one-use pads for your daily needs. But is it as good for the environment? There is an alternative to wasteful cotton pads which is reusable makeup wipes. All you need to do is to throw them into the washing machine and receive new fresh pads you can use for many years.
#14 LED Light Bulbs
This efficient lightning technology will save you money on energy. Due to increased durability you’ll need to purchase less. You can start small and replace just one lightbulb in your house which will already be a smart decision. If you go for a full replacement, you will see great results in form of reduced power consumption and benefits for your wallet.
#15 A Bike
You’ll do a favor both to yourself and the environment if you decide to switch to a bike. The costs of maintaining and fixing the car as well as buying fuel will be minimized even if you decide to ride a bike a few times a week. Another option is to just walk to your destination which is a great way to stay fit and healthy.
To sum up, going green shouldn’t cost you a fortune. On the contrary, it should save you money. You will be surprised how quickly you will get used to the new lifestyle and how easy it will be for you to switch. Being an environmentally conscious consumer is a great way to fight pollution and make small steps to help our Mother Earth. Be the example for your family and friends. Inspire them to live a mindful sustainable life. Good luck with your journey!