Thinking about switching to green living and give back to planets then, you should check out these zero waste products to save money.
Are you one of those?
Who has thought about going green and switch to zero waste products to save money and planets, like almost 10 times…
But when you looked up those zero waste products online, you found them damn expensive and decided to put your plan on hold.
Well, you are not alone!
Like many of us, I have been on the fence about taking that plunge too, but starting in January 2020, I finally made that switch and I am really happy about my decision.
I won’t lie but it was a little expensive to start with but after a month I did start to see savings on my budget. So, if you look at the bigger picture, the zero waste products can actually save you a lot of money in the long run along with your efforts to save the environment.
Also, check out this Zero Waste Beginner’s Guide by Megean. This will give you a good starting point to switch to zero products to save money as well as the environment.
15+ Zero Waste Products to Save Money
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1. Use Reusable Bags:
Most of the stores have started charging 15c for a plastic bag and paying 15c at every shopping trip does add up in a year.
According to the Centre for Biological Diversity, on average, every American family takes home almost 1500 plastic bags each year and only 1% of them are returned back for recycling.
So, if you look at those numbers, you are spending almost $225 (1500*$0.15) on the plastic bags plus you are dumping too much plastic in your trash. Check around the house and you can definitely find some nice cloth bags that you can use for your next shopping trip. Also, you can check out these reusable bags that are not expensive at all.
2. Switch to Reusable Bottles:
We all have many reusable bottles in the house but out of convenience, we grab a plastic bottled water. So, be mindful next time and fill your reusable water bottle anytime you step up out of the house.
3. Starting using the Cloth Napkins:
Everyone has some old t-shirts, towels, or other pieces of clothes that can be easily converted into reusable cloth napkins. This helps in saving lots of paper as well as the money that we spend on buying tissues and paper towels.
4. Ditch the Plastic Coffee Cups:
Buy a nice reusable coffee mug and next time you go for buying coffee, ask them to fill it up in your mug instead of the plastic cup. Also, most of the stores do offer a 0.10c to 0.15c discount on a coffee if you bring your own reusable mug.
5. Switch to Paperless Billing:
There are many other advantages of paperless billing. Paperless billing helps in saving the paper, create less clutter of receipts, protects you from identity theft as well as many businesses offer incentives to their customers on switching to paperless billing. Also, online receipts come in handy and give you access to all your statements anywhere on the go.
6. Stop using Paper Towels:
Change your habit to use paper towels for every other thing and rather use cloth towels. You can use the old towels around the house to make some reusable cloth towels.
7. Don’t Use the Straws:
You don’t need a straw for every other drink. Even if you do, use these reusable straws which are eco-friendlier.
8. Start Making your Cleaning Products:
Making your own cleaning products is a lot cheaper as well as they have fewer chemicals too.
9. Start Creating Compost out of Waste Food:
Composting helps you take care of your food waste as well as helps in preparing your garden soil more naturally.
10. Revamp your Food Storage:
Ditch all the plastic boxes, plastic wraps, clings, and zip lock bags and switch to glass containers. It is healthier as well as eco-friendly. The glass containers may be expensive to buy initially but they last longer than plastic containers.
11. Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues:
Get into the habit of using handkerchiefs instead of tissues. They come in handy and can be washed easily.
12. Collect glass jars:
You don’t have to buy glass containers all the time. Just think before tossing a glass bottle into the trash can to see if you can use it for any other purpose.
13. Buy Lesser Clothes:
We all tend to buy a lot of clothes nowadays even if we don’t need any new ones. We should become more mindful about buying clothes and try recycling the old ones as much as possible.
14. Change your Menstrual Products:
As per research, the average woman spends almost $13.25 on sanitary products each month and that totals up to $6,360 in average women’s reproductive lifecycle. And that adds up a lot of waste too.
Out of all three, menstrual cups are my favorite. They are small silicon cups that are so easy to use as well as clean.
15. Buy Less:
We all are guilty of buying more things than we need. This leads to more wastage of resources and money. Before buying anything, we should ask, if we really need that thing or not.
This will help in reducing the clutter around the house, less wastage of things, and more savings on money.
Did you find the list helpful? Do you have any more zero waste products to save money that you can suggest to me?