Looking to live a greener lifestyle but don’t want to break the bank? Turns out it’s more manageable than you might expect…
While many of us would like to live greener lifestyles, one of the most frequent stumbling blocks is the issue of cost.
However, despite what you might think, making some eco-friendly tweaks to your lifestyle needn’t cost the earth – especially if you know where to look.
With that in mind, here are four key areas to target if you want to live a little more sustainably – none of which will put you in the poorhouse…
1. Eat your greens
It’s probably not news to you that food waste is an absolute killer for the environment, but the scale of the problem is pretty shocking.
Around one quarter of the calories the world produces are thrown away, with that wastage accounting for 6% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
Oddbox are probably already on your radar, offering you a weekly or fortnightly delivery of veg that would otherwise have been wasted, due to it looking a bit wonky for supermarket approval.
It comes direct to your door, free of nasty plastic packaging, with prices starting from a reasonable £10.99 per box.
However, if that’s still a bit too much of an outlay, Morrisons’ wonky range offers a whole host of misshapen but delicious fruit and veg at rock bottom prices, from 35p for a kilo of carrots to £1.35 for a punnet of raspberries.
2. Scrub up your bathroom routine
To give your bathroom a sustainable makeover, start in the shower.
Sadly, many shower gels contain a host of chemicals, like sulfates and colourants, that make their way into the ocean once they’ve escaped down the plughole.
Swap them out for a product like Sanex Zero%, which has a 99% biodegradable formula and retails for a wallet-friendly £2.19.
Next, cut down on your plastic waste by opting for a shampoo bar rather than a traditional bottle – Natural Soap have a range costing £4.50 a bar.
And don’t neglect your toilet – or more specifically, your toilet roll.
Who Gives A Crap produce loo roll that is made from 100% recycled paper, with 50% of their profits going to help build toilets for those in need.
You can order a 24-pack for £24, costing you a mere pound per roll, or even cheaper if you subscribe to a regular delivery.
3. Build an eco-wardrobe
Eco-fashion is big business these days, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to pay over the odds for sustainable garms.
Everlane choose their materials very carefully – these sleek white unisex trainers (£38) are made with 54% less virgin plastic, with the brand promising to offset all other emissions in the manufacturing process.
Meanwhile, Birdsong has positioned itself as the antidote to fast fashion, stocking pieces made from ethically sourced materials and manufactured by workers who have been treated fairly – tees like this one start at £26.
Then when it comes to accessories, check out Oh My Clumsy Heart, who produce responsibly made jewellery like this cute pendant necklace (£28).
Their pieces are made in small quantities to avoid waste, using suppliers who provide Fair Trade metals, and even the packaging is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable.
Everything is under £50 too – good for the planet, good for your bank balance
4. Get on your bike
As much as we might resist it now that the weather has taken a turn for the wintry, it’s an incontrovertible truth that the most planet-friendly way of getting from A to B is by hopping on a bike.
So, where can you buy a genuinely affordable two-wheeler that won’t fall apart on you as you ride home from the shop?
Believe it or not, high-street mainstay Argos do a surprisingly good line in cycles, from mountain bikes to road racers, none of which will break the bank.
Our pick? This cute, retro-looking hybrid, which will set you back a mere £139.99. Bargain.
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