Taking a break from work and for your morning cup of coffee can be one of the highlights of the day. But a $4 flat white five days a week adds up, and adds five disposable cups to landfill. Wherever you can with COVID-19, bring your own cup to reduce the impact of your daily brew on the environment – some cafes will slash a little off the price for it.
Take it further: Make your own coffee instead. Instant doesn’t have to be bad if you use quality grounds and a good machine – just consider avoiding disposable coffee pods.
Bonus tip: Take your homemade coffee and enjoy a walk in the fresh air to keep the benefits of the break and exercise.
When you’re not using them, consider switching appliances off at the source. You can also try collecting your shower water or install a rain barrel in your backyard to collect water for gardening – mother earth and your water bill will both be better off for it.
This tip ends up benefiting your health as well as your wallet and the environment. Is there anywhere you can ride or walk instead of taking your car – to work, to visit a friend or to the supermarket? You’ll save money on fuel and parking, and help the planet by doing it.
There are a lot of good quality reusable water bottles on the market. You don't have to spend money on plastic water bottles whenever you get caught out with a dry throat.
Take it further: Store reusable grocery bags in your car or next to your bike/walking shoes, so you don't forget them when you go shopping. If you’re a fan of straws or use a lot of disposable cutlery for your lunch, invest in a metal straw and bamboo knife and fork.
There are recipes all over the web for making cheap and easy cleaning products from the likes of vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. Or hop on YouTube and learn how to repair your own clothes instead of replacing them.
Take it further: If your clothes seem unsalvageable, turn them into something else. There are countless tutorials out there for turning oversized tees into tank tops or lycra leggings into bikinis.
How big is your herb collection, and how much does it cost you to replenish it every few weeks? It might seem like a trace amount of money, but it adds up. Become a green thumb by planting a few herbs in your back yard. They’re easy to grow, will save you money, are more fragrant than the store-bought stuff and will help you cut down on waste.
You could spend money on a new lawnmower, or you could walk over to your neighbours’ and ask to borrow theirs. Nobody uses everything they have 24/7, and you could end up saving a small fortune on something you would only have used once in a blue moon. Return the favour by offering something you have that they don’t.
You might love trying out new recipes that call for fresh ginger or blue cheese. But buying ingredients for a single recipe every day can hurt your wallet and lead to a lot of food waste. Try planning your meals in advance and stick to the same dish for the week so you can buy items in bulk. It’ll mean fewer trips to the grocery store and getting better use out of those ingredients that are hard to buy single-serve.
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