My 5 tips on how to reduce what you put into landfill without breaking the bank.
Buy things in bigger bags.
This may seem expensive up front but it’ll definitely help your budget long term. If you can add a little into your budget once a month, or once a quarter to buy a bigger bag of something, then you’ll be set up. Not only will this save you money in the long run, it also creates less packing (I heard up to 15% somewhere, but don’t quote me on it) and eliminates the need for all those small packets to be made.
Use what you have.
It’s so nice to have beautiful natural coloured, natural fabric grocery bags. But you know what’s better, using something that you already had. I’m 100% sure you’ve got calico bags around your home, ‘green’ bags from a trip to the supermarket, t-shirts that can be cut up or glass jars in your draw that can be used for all manner of things.
Op Shop or use Facebook Marketplace
I’m loving decorating our home with my ‘secondhand only’ philosophy. Before moving back Jay and I decided that we wouldn’t bring anything into our home this time around, unless we loved it. So that’s what we’re doing. I’d been on the lookout for a couch and I found the perfect one on Facebook Marketplace. It was so exciting and satisfying and I saved a bunch too.
Don’t put produce in bags that don’t need bags
There’s a bunch of produce items that do not need plastic bags. Just pop them straight into your basket or trolley. If you’re using a bag to contain items, then you can always use the brown paper bags from the mushroom section, or make some produce bags from op shopped lace.
Try to buy products with as little plastic as possible
If you can avoid plastic packing, then do. You can often find things in paper or cardboard as an alternative.
I hope these help you to become a little more eco friendly, while still sticking to your budget.