Green Doesn’t Have To Mean Expensive — Here’s What You Need To Know

If you want to be eco-conscious you might think you have to pay a "whole budget" to be able to afford those things. Sometimes that is true, sometimes not, but here are some ways from a reader that you can save money while living "green" at the same time.

Buying green is often just too expensive for the average consumer, with high price tags on “must-have” items like reusable straws and eco-friendly sneakers. While this can be discouraging to those who want to make an environmentally positive change but are on a budget, it’s heartening to realize that there are a number of ways that you can make eco-friendly changes without having to break the bank. From minimizing your costs in smart ways to making your own all-natural products at home, here are just a few tips on being green and saving a penny or two.

Minimizing unnecessary costs

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to stick to your budget while living an eco-friendly lifestyle is by minimizing any unnecessary costs in a way that is friendly to the environment. For instance, building and maintaining your own backyard garden is a fantastic way to eat healthy, homegrown foods without having to deal with the sticker shock that often comes along with organic grocery store produce. But it doesn't end with produce: there are additional ways to minimize your costs that can save you money too.

Biking instead of driving is another great example of minimizing any unnecessary costs while being eco-friendly, as it can help to cut down on your own carbon footprint. Whether you choose to bike to work all week or only on certain days, you’re sure to notice a significant amount of savings over time in terms of fuel costs. It’s important to realize that even small eco-friendly changes can add up. For example, using activated charcoal air purifier bags is a great eco-friendly alternative for eliminating bad odors within your home, without requiring electricity like HEPA filters do. These are made from bamboo that has been exposed to high temperatures, promoting thermal decay, which activates the purifier bags naturally. Combining small changes like cycling to work and using natural products like this in the home has a big cumulative effect.

The value in making your own products

While many eco-friendly products boast a high price tag, there are also several of the same products that you can make at home for just a fraction of the price, allowing you to stick to your budget and be green at the same time. For example, making your own natural beauty products like lip balm, lipsticks, and lip scrubs can be a small yet simple switch that helps cut down on your recurring plastic waste, as well as cost. In fact, you can easily do so with cost-effective and simple ingredients (that you may already have), such as coconut oil. Other must-have beauty products like facial toners can also be made at home with ease, with organic ingredients such as organic fresh rose petals. Using reusable containers to store your products will further help in eliminating unnecessary waste, making your DIY beauty products great for the environment in more ways than just one.

With high prices on many eco-friendly alternatives, living an environmentally friendly life can seem nearly impossible. However, it’s important to realize that there are a number of ways that you can help the environment — whether it be by making some of your own products, or by making smart, budget-friendly choices that help the environment.

Penniless Parenting

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