I don’t need to give you the sobering statistics on where the earth and the environment are headed. You already know.
This article is about taking action and making small improvements to not only help you save money but the environment as well.
If we all make some changes and swap out certain items, we can create a huge, drastic change to the environment.
Most household items don’t need to be bought as often as we purchase them, but since we’re buying cheap, disposable items, we have to spend more money and keep buying certain items.
It’s time to make some swaps. Let’s save the environment and some cash so we can instead spend on things we actually enjoy.
Here are 8 items I’m swapping to save money and the environment.
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The EPA reported that Americans throw away 2 billion razors per year.
Most people know how disastrous straws are to the environment and wildlife, but many people have no idea the damage plastic razors are doing to the world. Most people don’t realize how much money they’re wasting on disposable razors.
When you buy a regular multi-blade cartridge razor at the store, you’re overpaying for a product that you’ll have to keep buying, again and again, a few times a year for the rest of your life.
With a safety razor, you do have the initial investment (roughly $50), but it will last you a lifetime. Replacement blades cost as little as $.10 each.
My boyfriend and I use Rockwell Razors. It comes with 6 shaving settings, so you can get started with the “beginner” setting that makes sure you don’t have any cuts. I don’t know why, but I was really hesitant to switch to a safety razor because I thought it required better “precision”, but it’s actually an incredibly easy shave.
Many of us probably spend $50 a year on disposable razors (depending on how often you shave), but with a high-quality safety razor, you spend $50 once.
2. Silicone Baking Mat
Do you often cook and bake at home? If so, a silicone baking mat might be in order.
A silicone baking mat lasts for a very long time and you never have to think about being low on parchment paper. There have been so many times I’ve been cooking and figured out that I have no parchment paper.
This silicone baking mat has no need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper (obvi).
It’s oven save up to 480 degrees (though some people have reported it’s only safe up to 400 degrees). It’s easy to clean and will save you a lot of money since you won’t have to purchase parchment paper again.
I use the Silicone Baking Mat Sheet.
3. Cleaning supplies and bottles
Another great way to save money and the environment is by purchasing reusable cleaning bottles and creating your own DIY cleaner. Most cleaners sold at the market are loaded with a ton of harsh chemicals and can get crazy expensive for what is essentially water.
Keep peace of mind by creating your own cleaning sprays.
These reusable glass bottles eliminate the need for repurchasing cleaning supplies. You can use these reusable glass spray bottles for windows, floors, kitchen cleaners, and pet spray. You can even use these spray bottles for mixing essential oil recipes, misting window herbs or succulents, and more.
4. Reusable paper towels
One of the most costly household cleaning expenses is paper towels. Though they’re incredibly useful for cleaning and wiping up messes, they are highly wasteful and reusable paper towels, can do the same exact thing.
These reusable paper towels can be used for years.
To keep up the quality of the paper towel, simply wash them and use them again. They’re machine washable, quick-drying, and made with thick organic cotton.
I was getting really sick of buying paper towels all the time, so I wanted to start using reusable paper towels.
Another option is cutting up a towel into a bunch of small squares.
5. Microfiber Mop Pad
One of the most interesting cleaning purchases that I honestly hate buying is the disposable mop pads.
They’re expensive and get used up fast.
And since most houses have ditched carpet and moved to hardwood floors, disposable mop pads are a must.
This microfiber mop pad saves you a ton of money since it’ll last a long time. It captures dirt, dust, grime, and is machine washable.
One of the strangest experiences in my au pair life was when I walked into an Italian bathroom for the first time. There was a bidet and I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was gross! I mean, isn’t toilet paper enough? No…
Imagine washing poop off your arm with toilet paper and nothing else.
You would never, right? That’s essentially what people are doing every time they use the bathroom.
A bidet is easy to install to any toilet and is fairly affordable to purchase (roughly $30). You save an incredible amount of money since you don’t have to buy nearly as much toilet paper.
7. 2-1 Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
This 2-1 shampoo and conditioner bar is vegan and cruelty-free. Made with plant-based ingredients, it’s great for keeping hair healthy and voluminous.
This is a popular 2-1 shampoo and conditioner bar that is sold at stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods.
These bars usually last as long as any other kind of shampoo you’d buy in a bottle. The key is to make sure the shampoo bar isn’t sitting in water or else it will dissolve quicker.
8. Water Bottle and Coffee Mug
One of the easiest ways to help the environment and save money is by using a reusable water bottle and coffee mug.
An extra way to save money is to bring your own coffee mug or water bottle to stores like Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and other drinks shops.
You’ll get a discount on drinks (not much, but it adds up!), and you’ll save money over time.
I use the Yeti Rambler. I wash it often in the dishwasher and the vibrant color stays the exact same, no chipping, and it still looks brand new.
I also use this water bottle that also has a time marker to help me drink more water.
I drink 2 of these a day and it even has a special tool at the top of the bottom which can be used as a fruit infuser.
Little changes can slowly add up and make a big difference. What items have you swapped to save money?
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