I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I’M ALWAYS HEARING HOW ETHICAL LIVING IS EXPENSIVE.
Depending on your definition of ethical living, I guess it can be – fairly traded groceries for example probably are going to cost you more than their non-fairly traded counterparts, and for good reason. But when it comes to sustainability, there’s a real opportunity to save money – because sustainability is first and foremost about buying and using less. And, as someone who lives on a budget this makes me really excited – so excited in fact, I’ve put together this list of seven sustainable saves!
1. RECYCLE YOUR BAR SOAP SCRAPS
2. BORROW INSTEAD OF BUY
It might feel a little cheeky, but it’s not – if you’re only going to use something once, put out a plea. People love to help! (And if you do have to buy, go for second hand).
3. HALVE YOUR DISHWASHER TABLETS
I made an amazing discovery this year – you don’t need to use the whole dishwasher tablet! In fact, sometimes we get by without using one at all. If you’re feeling creative, you can also try making your own. My family’s just started using this recipe and it brings us so much joy – the texture when you’ve mixed up the ingredients is unreal. Seriously, you’ve got to make it at least once just so you can feel it!
4. REVAMP YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP ROUTINE
It’s easy to get into a rut with our hair and make-up routine – at least it is for me! But switching from a moisturiser and foundation to a tinted moisturiser, or washing your hair less frequently (if you can manage it) doesn’t just save you money, it saves you time, and who couldn’t do with more of that in the morning?
5. SPOT-CLEAN YOUR CLOTHES
Confession time! I used to throw our clothes into the wash for the smallest of stains – regardless of how long they’d been worn. Now, if the rest of the item’s clean, I only spot-treat our outer garments until my nose suggests otherwise (if you don’t trust the sniff check, there’s some helpful guidelines here). This is a triple win – it doesn’t just save energy and laundry detergent, but helps your clothes last longer too.
6. TURN DOWN YOUR THERMOSTAT
I know we hear this one all the time, but as we get into autumn, it’s a good reminder. Turning it down by just one degree could save £80 if you live in a typical three bed semi.
7. SAY ‘NO’ MORE
Perhaps the most controversial on the list, but with the potential to make the greatest difference. Going to parties and other events we don’t want or need to go to is energy-consuming in so many ways. We expend resources on tickets, gifts, outfits, travel – before we even get there. I’m not suggesting we forgo our best friend’s birthday celebrations, but when I’m stretching myself too thin, I find it super helpful to remember this!