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Frugal and Green - How Going Green Can Save You Money

C Jenkinson | 20 July, 2021


          
            Frugal and Green - How Going Green Can Save You Money

There are all kinds of ways to save money while going green. In fact, regardless of which is your primary goal (going green or saving money), you will find they complement each other nicely. I suggest picking two or three things to do off of the list that seem easy and start right away—and start doing them this week.

Household Cleaners

If you ever stop to add it all up, you probably spend a significant amount of money on household cleaners, from toilet bowl cleaner to sink scrubber. There are concerns that the chemicals used in many of these cleaners are unhealthy, and, in the case of bleach and other substances, potentially carcinogenic. 

Use products that avoid plastic as much as possible, like an eco dishwashing bar. Much of our cleaning products are 90% water, why ship water when you dont have to.

Personal Care Products

Beauty products can cost a great deal of money, and some of the ingredients are dubious. In fact, substances like parabens, found in many cosmetics, have been implicated in cancer. It's considered green to use natural personal care products, but that can be even pricier. Making your own is far less expensive and just as natural and healthy.

For a creamy, moisturizing cleanser for your face, mix 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil and 1/2 teaspoon honey. To make an exfoliating cleanser, add ground, dried beans, ground nuts, or sugar.

Instead of spending a lot of money on shampoos and conditioners, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cupful of warm water and pour that over your head as a shampoo. Apple cider vinegar (2 teaspoons per cup of warm water) makes an effective conditioner. 

Kitchen & Bathroom

Install sink water aerators and slow flow showerheads. These greatly reduce the flow of water out of your sink or shower, saving you money and water use.   

Look into producing less waste, do this by swapping your paper towels to something reusable, like the Eco Buzz unpaper towels.  Use up your food that is almost out of date by making soups etc instead of throwing out and buy loose fruit and veg.  Plan your meals, so you have the correct amount of what you need  Try not to have waste to despose of in the first place.  

Getting around

Use your bike instead of the car, or join a car lift share scheme, this will save you lots of money and the environment will thank you for it.

The Home

Use energy efficient lightbulbs, they’re a lot more glamorous than they used to be and generally give a decent level of light. Switching over to energy-saving light bulbs means using less electricity, therefore saving money on energy bills.

The bulbs themselves are roughly the same price as conventional ones, but they last much longer and are cheaper to run.

Line dry your clothes, avoid the energy zapping tumble dryer and wash on a cool cycle.  Our detergents can take it, they really can.  

Swap your energy to a green alternative, shop around, sometimes reusable energy the same price and so much better for the planet.