It is common knowledge that the human species has become very efficient at wasting the Earth’s resources and polluting it. While previously we were unaware of the harm we were causing, now we realize exactly how we are damaging our only home, the planet Earth. If we do not mend our ways, time will come that the planet will not be fit for even our own habitation.
There are many things that we can do on an individual level that can contribute to a cleaner environment. A large number of these strategies do not require any major investments, only simple lifestyle changes. Many of goals to save the environment merely involve cutting down on the expenditure of resources, and naturally when we reduce our needs we automatically save money.
These are 5 easy ways to save money and the environment at the same time.
5 Easy Ways to Save Money & the Environment
- Purchase Refillable Water Bottles:
Container Recycling Institute claims that daily sixty million disposable plastic water bottles end up in landfills. Carrying water in bottles that can be refilled will not only save you the cost of the bottle that you are going to throw away, but cut down costs of producing new bottles or recycling.
- Grow Your Own Produce:
Salad materials like lettuce, herbs and tomatoes are not only easy to grow and fun but can be done in containers too! This will not only provide you with fresh salad, but the decrease in demand will cut down on transport hence release of vehicular emissions into the environment. Southern Living goes into more detail as to why you should grow your own produce, and how easy it really is.
- Go Meatless a Couple of Times a Week:
The livestock industry depletes natural resource and emits methane gas, a greenhouse gas. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to raise 1 pound of beef. This figure can be much higher, like 3,600 gallons in California, or a bit lower. Thus, it is important to understand how livestock and natural resources intertwine. Substituting meats with grains, beans and nuts is environmentally friendly and cheap.
- Use Cloth or Sponges for Cleanups:
The use of paper towels to clean counters, or table tops is surely convenient, but you are throwing away pennies each time you discard a paper towel not to mention harm the environment. Approximately half of the trees that are cut in North America are used in production of paper according to Green Guide Web.
Cloth or sponge cleaning napkins can be washed between every use. If you maintain a sufficient supply of cloth napkins, they can be thrown in with your regular wash and because they don’t take up much volume, the size of your load is not affected.
- Air Dry Clothes:
Whenever weather allows, air dry your laundry naturally instead of using the dryer. Many Europeans opt out of buying dryers, and instead invest in drying racks, and dry their clothes naturally. Many people prefer this option of drying because the mentality is, if they can save energy why not? With such a green, and sustainable mindset, we could truly help decrease our carbon footprint significantly.