12 ways saving the planet will save you some serious coin

People are attracted to the zero waste lifestyle for a variety reasons. For some, it’s about saving the planet, for others, it’s the realisation that certain plastics are detrimental to our health (as well as the environment).

And there are others still, who see it purely as a budgeting measure, as leading a sustainable lifestyle can mean considerable monthly savings.

12 ways saving the planet will save you serious money

1. The first step in the zero waste “guidebook” is to refuse what you do not need. So dialling down on buying fast fashion, homewares and electronic gadgets will keep your hard-earned right where it should be – in a high interest savings account, instead of in the pockets of big business.

2. If you do need to make purchases, opting for second-hand is always considerably cheaper than buying items brand new.

Saying no to fast fashion will save you a pretty penny.

Saying no to fast fashion will save you a pretty penny.

3. Making your own cleaning products with a mix of vinegar, baking soda and castile soap and/or essential oils like tea tree, lavender and lemon will save you a mint compared to buying supermarket products like window cleaner, floor cleaner, bleach, etc. You can save even more by ditching the store-bought essential oils and infusing your vinegar with a few sprigs of lavender, rosemary or citrus peel.

4. Simplifying your beauty routine and DIYing some of your own beauty products will mean you’ll dodge problematic chemicals like parabens and phthalates, as well as the hefty costs of mainstream cosmetics and skin care products.

5. Opting for reusable kitchen items like cloth towels over paper towels and beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap, and going bin liner free will also save you a considerable amount of cash in the long run.

6. Fermenting your own pickles, sauerkraut and kombucha; consider that the average jar of (organic) pickles can be upwards of $20. Now compare that with $2-$3 worth of cucumbers, salt, garlic and herbs, and you’ve pocketed at least $15 by making your own.

7. Likewise baking or making staples like mayonnaise, pasta sauce, dips and even yoghurt.

8. Growing your own herbs, fruit and vegetables will dramatically reduce your overall shopping bill and will be saving the planet by cutting down on food miles and thus carbon emissions.

9. Heading to your local library to borrow books and magazines will help you avoid dropping $30 on the latest “must-read” from a big chain bookstore.

The cost savings of biking over driving are a no-brainer.

The cost savings of biking over driving are a no-brainer.

10. Reaching for a warmer jumper over turning up the thermostat will keep your monthly energy bill in check.

11. Similarly, washing your clothing every second wear (or more), switching off lights when you’re not in the room and turning off appliances at the wall will keep your household’s energy use down as well as your bills.

12. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the cost savings of biking everywhere versus driving, when you take into account petrol, registration, insurance and tolls.

As you can see, saving the planet can mean saving a considerably chunk of change – win/win!