Money

This easy hack will save you over £400 a year

In partnership with
Brita
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Who doesn’t want to save their bank balance and the planet at the same time?

There’s nothing like the warm glow that comes with knowing you’ve done something that is both good for yourself, and for others. 

And we’ve run the numbers on one of the daily ‘essentials’ we regularly buy, despite its huge hit on our wallet and its cost to the planet. By deciding to quit this one thing, we’ve estimated that you could save yourself a massive £475 a year while also making a genuine environmental impact. 

Guessed it yet?

Ditching single-use water bottles.

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We know, we know – everyone is talking about reducing single-use plastic. But if you think about it, that habit is costing you the equivalent of those Acne flats you’ve been coveting, or that language course you can’t bring yourself to invest in.

We all know that we should be drinking around two litres of water a day. If you were to buy each litre at about 65p a day, it turns out many of us are racking up quite the bill without noticing.

We’re literally throwing away money – and damaging our oceans in the process (FYI, plastic takes around 450 years to decompose and wildlife often mistakes microplastics for food).

There are now 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles used annually in the UK with only a small amount making it to recycling.

The good news is it’s not too difficult to make a change. Invest in a Brita fill&go water filter bottle and in about a month you’ll be deep-rooted in the habit of taking water in your bag before you leave the house every day. Then it’s just a case of finding a tap, because your Brita will do all the filtering for you (there’s an app for that).

When it comes to changes at home, go the whole hog and get a Brita jug for your fridge. Surprisingly, 55% of us who buy bottled water use it in the home, so a refillable jug that filters your water so it tastes great all the time will go a long way.

You can consider your wallet heavier and your conscience lighter.

To see how you can reduce your single-use plastic habit, check out Brita’s Swap For Good campaign.