There is sometimes a misconception that adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, eating organic, or just simply making choices that are healthier for you will cost you more. After all, plastic is cheap and mass produced clothing, food, household good etc. are all inexpensively made and sold.
Aside from the thinking of the benefits to your health (and to the earth!) here are some switches that ultimately mean saving you money in the near-term as well as making an impact.
Stasher Bags. These amazing bags are made of silicone rather than plastic, making them reusable. But they're more than just bags. They can withstand a temperatures up to 260 °C (500 °F), so you can cook with them (including sous-vide cooking!) They are also air tight sealed to keep your food fresher for longer. Re-use these multi-purposes babies and stop throwing out your plastic ziplock bags and tupperware.
DYLN. Replace your habit of buying "premium" plastic bottled water by making your own. One bottle holds 750 ml of water. The replaceable filter gives you up to 400 refills. If you buy premium bottled water at about HK $20 per bottle 400 times that's HK $8,000!! One DYLN bottle with filter included will cost you a one-time HK $540. DYLN make your water alkaline antioxidant, and helps you keep those plastic bottles out of our beautiful oceans.
Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap. Plastic cling wrap itself is a pain to use. You waste so much of the roll just getting it to your desired shape. Abeego's wraps are wash and reusable for an entire year and fit nicely over your food and kitchenware. Compare one roll useable for one year at HK $180 to once a month roll of cling wrap at HK $30 x 12 for HK $360. Even if you don't go through that much cling wrap (and we hope you don't!) it's well worth keeping these from going into our landfills.
The Humble Bamboo Toothbrush. It's humble, but makes a huge difference. This toothbrush is vegan-certified, ergonomically designed and made using 100% biodegradable bamboo. It's sold at a great price point as well - only HK $39 per brush, competitively priced with plastic non-biodegradable competitors.
- A good pair of basic leggings. Fast fashion designs cheaply manufactured clothes (we go into more detail here) meant to last just one season before they start falling apart after use. Let's say you pay about $250 per pair 4x per year. Why not invest in a pair that's sustainably made with higher quality materials? Our tip: get one that goes with everything... from spinning, yoga to happy hour 🍷
Any tips you have for saving the environment and saving money? Let us know! Reach out to us at cgteam(at)caelumgreene.com.