We know being more environmentally friendly can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. Whether you make all of these green changes or just one of them, you’ll be making a difference to the planet. And you’ll be saving money in the long run — what a win!
Robyn Smith, founder of Faithful to Nature, South Africa’s favourite online organic store, shares 5 ways you can up your green credentials and lower your spend at the same time.
1. Install a (cheap) greywater system
If you want to save water and keep your garden alive, but don’t want to spend loads of cash on water-saving systems, we’ve found the perfect solution.
It may not look like much, but this nifty little grey water gadget will help you to save water where it really counts by reusing the grey water from your home to water your garden! Just one screw of this connector, and you’ve just installed your own grey water system — without the need for external contractors.
It’s a simple grey water waste-pipe connector that attaches to your 50mm or 40mm outlet pipes. It is made from high density PVC and is UV protected, with a simple and low-tech system that uses gravity instead of expensive pumps. Once installed, you’ll be able to water your plants with the water from your shower, bath or washing machine.
And the best part? It’s cost-effective.
2. Eat less meat
It might be hard to convince die-hard carnivores to ban the bacon, but making a difference can be as simple as choosing to go vegetarian one day a week.
Not only will you be saving bucks, but you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too. Did you know that by choosing not to eat one steak, you will save the same amount of water, as by not showering for 3 months? Wow!
3. Shop locally, at markets where you can
And take your own bag of course. Local food is often more affordable and it has a lighter carbon footprint — which means it has less impact on the Earth because it takes less time to be transported to your plate. Plus you are supporting local people and food purchased from markets is usually not over-packaged.
4. Ditch single-use plastic
It’s insane to use something once that actually never fully decomposes. Ever. Reusable coffee cups, bags, bottles and even straws, are not expensive, but these small changes can massively reduce the trail of plastic that we leave behind. Most coffee shops will have no problem making you your daily cappuccino in your own reusable cup.
5. Be a Goddess
Yes, you heard us right. Join hundreds of thousands of women who are choosing to save the world every month. By using a menstrual cup you can prevent up to 12 000 tampons ending up in the landfill in your lifetime. Not to mention how much money you’ll save!
Comment and tell us what you do to save money that also helps the environment at the same time.