There are so many ways to save money and the environment that don't include major costs like solar panels or buying an electric car.
You can take small steps today to start saving lots of money with little effort.
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Here are 10 actionable tips to get you saving money and more importantly, the planet.
1. Eat less meat and dairy
The factory farming industry has a profound impact on our environment.
Not only that, meat is incredibly expensive.
In the United States, we eat more meat than most other countries combined.
We are the #2 country in the world for eating the most meat.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize the impact the animal agriculture industry has on our environment.
99% of farming isn't what it used to be (it's mostly factory farming now), and small farmers (that you picture with the happy farms roaming in fields) are being pushed out by corporate farming (where animals are pushed into severely small environments to mass produce meat).
And if you wondering, I haven't eaten meat or dairy in almost 3 years as of 2018. I saw a plant-based doctor back in 2015 (who is well-known in the vegan world!) and she told me everything I needed to know to get healthy on a vegan diet. And I've never felt better.
Here are some quick facts on the toll factory farming takes on the environment:
- 260 million acres of U.S. Forest have been destroyed to create cropland for animals raised for food
- It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat
- Livestock farming contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration and deforestation
- In the Amazon, around 80 percent of deforestation is caused by cattle ranching
- These photos of the Amazon Rainforest are devastating.
How to eat less meat and dairy:
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2. Grow your own garden
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Growing your own food can put the power back into your hands by knowing exactly what's going into your mouth.
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3. Eco-friendly showerhead
An eco-friendly showerhead can help preserve water without sacrificing the quality of a shower.
You could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year along with hundreds of gallons of water just by replacing your showerhead. It's that easy!
Most eco-friendly showerheads run around the $50 range but will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the years you use it.
4. Use reusable bags
Over 60,000 plastic bags are used every 5 seconds.
Creating each plastic bag is not only terrible for the environment (they are made using nonrenewable resources) – but they also end up in our oceans.
It's said that in 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
We need to take action now before we create even more irreversible damage.
Your local grocery store will even have reusable bags you can purchase at every checkout. They're usually only $1 and they last f o r e v e r.
Recycling can help reduce waste that gets sent to landfills, conserves natural resources, and prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new materials.
Recycling is fantastic, but something people don't think about is merely using less disposable items, so the need to recycle is decreased.
To recycle less stuff, buy less disposable items.
Use fewer water bottles by using a tap water filter
Ditch one-use coffee pods by using reusable coffee pods. Most coffee pods are not recyclable, which means millions of coffee pods are going into the landfill every day.
If you're a lady, you may want to try the Lena Menstrual Cup which helps you save money and reduce waste in landfills.
Use fewer straws by buying reusable straws.
6. Ditch plastic
It's not news that plastic is terrible for the environment.
Plastic is littering cities, water, and is even creating health problems for humans and animals.
You have the power to use less plastic by saying no to everyday items.
Plastic is not easily biodegradable and never goes away.
It costs billions of dollars to remove and causes a huge financial strain on the world, not to mention how badly the environment is suffering.
7. Use LED light bulbs
Energy-saving light bulbs can help increase the lifespan of a light bulb while also saving you money on electricity bills.
This is such an easy change to make and again, helps you save money in the long run!
8. Ride your bike
Riding a bike is a pollution-free method of transportation that also helps get in physical activity without really noticing it.
Bike riding is also a low-impact physical activity that increases stamina and aerobic fitness.
No matter how fuel efficient a car is, bike riding is always the superior choice.
I have a Raleigh Women's Road Bike and have found it to be very reliable.
Buying a bike at a bike store versus Walmart or Target is always ideal. I learned that the hard way!
Freecycle is a great way to make use of items you no longer want.
Do you have items that you no longer want to use and want to give away for free? Would you like to receive other items for free?
Go to Freecycle Network and list your item and look at other items as well. The site is 100% free to use.
Almost 10,000,000 people are in the network and are using the method of freecycling to reduce the need to buy new things.
10. Buy secondhand
Thrift stores are filled with tons of brand new and used items that are marked with huge discounts.
Before buying brand new, it's a good idea to check out secondhand stores for furniture, clothes, household cleaning supplies, and even kitchenware.
I've bought furniture, clothes, kitchenware, and so much more all from my local thrift store.
Even better, all of the money from our thrift store gets donated to our community to help everyone out. Win-win for everyone involved!
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