Budget Friendly Ways to go Green

There’s no question that striving to live a more sustainable, environmentally conscious life benefits both the planet and our health. And though many people are afraid to start, afraid to change and step up from their comfortable and easy way of living that they are used to.

Maybe, they are afraid of the work and time that they have to put into it – but is it really that much?
Maybe, they fear the reaction of friends and family when they talk about there changes – but isn’t that a great way to spread awareness and make more people jump on the eco-train?
Maybe, they are afraid of the higher costs and extra expenses that come along with the change of lifestyle – but are those really necessary?

No! This post is here to shop you FREE or BUDGET FRIENDLY tips & tricks for a more eco friendly and green way of living, so get your pens and notebooks out and start cooperating these into your daily live to save our beautiful planet.

And some tips actually save you money! How awesome is that?!

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Credit.com created a detailed guide that goes over budget friendly ways to go green, from shopping to pet care to household and technological improvements and it gave me the inspiration to talk about a few things on here with you.

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Sustainable Eating

Plant Based

You want to know why a plant based diet is the most eco friendly diets and one of the biggest changes you can make to save our planet?

I could talk hours about this topic and tell you hundreds of reasons, but here are a few very important ones:

Our earth is majorly influenced by animal agriculture through

  • greenhouse gas emission (one of the big reasons for climate change!)
  • destroying of natural habitats through deforestation and the animal extinction going along
  • ocean dead zones caused by global warming (climate change!) or leaking of animal excretes into rivers and oceans
  • wasting water and grains (and the agricultural land that is needed to produce it) to produce meat and dairy (1kg beef needs 15000 litres of water and 16kg grains, 1kg cheese needs 5000 litres of water)

And there are many more reasons to cut out meat, dairy and eggs for your health, the animals and our planet! Watch this video to find out more.

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So please, EAT MORE PLANTS and save our future (and your health & the animals). It is not as hard as you might think and you don’t need to do it 100% right away. You never have to, it’s about steps into the right direction. Meat only once a week, only on special occasions, only with friends and family.

Read more into it, learn more and if you actually WANT to eat fewer animal products and more vegan it will get easier because you have a good motivation behind it.

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You think eating vegan is hard? Complicated, expensive and boring? Look at these simple, quick, healthy and budget-friendly Dinner recipes!

You think cake, muffins and all the sweet things in life need eggs, milk and butter? I prove you wrong with these mouthwatering vegan sweets and treats (that are pretty healthy too!).

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Shop Local & Seasonal

I know it can be hard when you live in a colder climate and don’t want to only eat apples, potatoes and beets.

But try to be more reasonable: Fresh berries in winter? That’s not necessary when you can eat them in abundance locally in summer. Mangoes? Have them only as a treat when they are in season from the country you purchase them from.

And we also often forget that rice, sweet potato, bananas, nuts and more – staples in most diets aren’t local as well and have long distances until they end up in our supermarkets.

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You don’t need to cut out on imported products completely (that’s often not even possible in some countries), but eat more of what you can shop local and that is in season and have tropical fruits and exotic products as treats.

Shopping on markets makes it also much easier. Find stalls that sell from local farmers and you will support your region and the seasonal products they are harvesting in that time of the year.

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Less Plastic

I don’t really need to explain why this is important to save our earth from plastic waste. But my blog post ‚We drown in Plastic‚ gives you some more information on it.

  • choose plastic free produce over wrapped ones and use cotton bags
  • reusable shopping bags
  • fresh produce over ready-made meals
  • bulk food sections and stores to refill your reusable containers with rice, grains, beans, pasta…

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Make it Yourself

Many products we buy contain so many chemicals, unnecessary ingredients and are much better ‚do it yourself‘ for your health and body as well as for the health or our earth, the soil and the environment.

  • Cleaning supplies: contain heavy chemicals and sents, better make them from vinegar, lemon essential oils (here you can find simple and natural recipes for cleaners)
  • Beauty products: no need for fancy body lotion, deodorant, shower gel, hair and face masks… it’s actually possible to recreate these products very naturally. I want to get more into that as well and show you easy DIY’s but until then, have a look at these recipes. And if you are too lazy to make them yourself, buy soap bars and package free beauty like I use
  • Food: soak and cook beans, lentils and chickpeas yourself avoid the nasties of cans and the energy that goes into producing them, make plant-based milk yourself and store in reusable glass bottles (recipes here), hummus, bread, vegan yogurt, falafel… can all be made yourself pretty easily
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  • Grow your own food: it’s not just fun and exciting to harvest your own products and care for your plants to provide you with yummy crops, but it also saves energy and water because you can be more conscious than most big food producers, you can harvest just what you need for one meal so nothing can go bad and you will become more aware of things that are in season. And don’t argue with not having a garden, you can grow herbs, salads, carrots, strawberries, tomatoes and more on a balcony!
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Less Waste

  • only buy what you need and can actually eat, that lasts long or can be frozen for later
  • go through your fridge, pantry and freezer regularly and make sure that your food doesn’t go off – eat it in time
  • try avoiding printing and have as much as you can on your laptop and phone
  • Opt out of junk mail. You don’t read it anyways and if you do, it’s not just a waste of trees but also of your time
  • Buy less. It will save your money, time (because you work for the money that it costs) and you don’t really need it anyway. Every product needs so much water and energy to produce only for you to wear it once? Use it for a week and then realize its garbage?
  • Buy quality. Rather spend a little more on something proper that lasts you forever instead of buying new every two years.
  • Compost food scraps in your garden.
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Recycle, Repair, Reuse

  • Recycle everything you can correctly
  • Repair instead of buying new
  • Reuse. Give things new lives by giving them makeovers or giving them away to people that actually need, use and want them
  • Buy second hand to reuse and not support the production of new products

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Share

  • take public transport to cut CO2 emission
  • share a car with your partner and family or use share cars in the city
  • borrow books, clothes or things you only need occasionally from friends, neighbours or family

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Technology

The key is to use less energy and be efficient. Don’t use them if not necessary.

  • only use dishwasher, washing machine and dryer when they are full
  • avoid using the dryer and air dry your clothes
  • use eco programmes if available
  • unplug devices if they are not in use
  • overthink the necessity of your technology (do you need all those extra special kitchen devices/ several TV’s in your household?)
  • print double-sided (if at all)
  • don’t leave your charger plugged in (even if your phone is unplugged, it still uses energy)
  • recycle old technology like batteries, phones, radios…

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This ended up to be a pretty long post as I wanted to squeeze as much information and tips in as possible. I hope you could learn something new or got reminded on a few things to change in your own daily life!

Do you have more tips? What is important to you when saving the planet?

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Minimal and Eco-Friendly Travel Toiletry Bag – What I took with me to Australia

My backpack currently weights around 12kg and I try to avoid every additional gram, as it is already hard to carry so much with me around, especially when I need to walk for longer.

Sometimes I see girls having even huger backpacks and I am very lucky that I choose to only take a 50l backpack with me. Because if you have more space, you take more with you.

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When it comes to my toiletry bag I also wanted to stay as minimalistic as possible. I tried to avoid everything that runs out quickly, has a big container and I realised, that it is so much more convenient to have eco-friendly (and zero waste) cosmetic products.

 

It’s not just better for the earth to stop using products in plastic containers, it is also cheaper (in long term, because the products last a lot longer) and a lot smaller and lighter which makes it awesome for travelling!

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Anzeige/PR-Sample // The toothbrush I use is from hydrophil, a German brand that sells bamboo toothbrushes and some other hygiene products. The toothpaste is just the cheapest one from Coles that I got because I run out of mine from home.

A zero-waste substitute for the toothpaste would be dental-taps you can get at bulk stores. You just chew on one them and use them with water and they are super small, light and plastic free.

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I also have a small packaging of tooth floss with me. There are also zero waste options available in bulk stores that I want to try out when I run out of mine.

As a deodorant, I use the deo cream from Wokenseifen that I really like and recommend, and that I filled into a very small container because I don’t need a whole package of it.

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For creams and moisturizer, I have a face cream from lavera that is natural, vegan and cruelty-free.

The body moisturizer I use is shea butter that I filled in an old container at the bulk store. It is super handy because you only need a very small amount as it is super rich and you can easily apply it by rubbing it a bit in your hands so that it melts.

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Anzeige/PR-Sample // One product that saves me so so much money and weight is my soap bar from Duschbrocken. It is a body wash and shampoo in one and because it is all natural and contains many oils, I don’t need to use conditioner as well. I also use it to wash my face and the best thing: it still has almost the same size as two months ago, even though I used it so much!

I already tried out a few different soap bars and I’ve heard from friends who’ve been experimenting with them and I never had (or have heard) of any better product than this. (And I don’t get paid or anything to say this – I just got the product for free to test, nothing more)

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I am super lucky that I don’t have to carry 4 bottles with me and save so much space and weight with this little soap bar in its metal container!

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My shaver is probably a little bit heavier than a usual plastic one, but it saves me a lot of money and the planet a lot of plastic waste, so it’s worth it! The first purchase is more expensive, but I don’t have to buy new shaving heads that are much more expensive in the long term.

I paid 18€ for my shaver and 30 razor blades and they will last me for a long time. When you compare a plastic shaver you pay around 10€ for the shaver and maybe 2-3 shaving heads and then need to pay around 5€ for new heads.

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I also carry a hairbrush with me. At first, I only had a comb because I thought that would be enough, but with the wind, salt and sand it is definitely necessary to have a proper brush.

Because I don’t want to spend money on going to the hairdresser, but still want my hair to stay healthy and not look frizzy and dead, I have my own hair scissors with me and occasionally cut my ends a bit. This keeps them so much healthier (the sun is drying them out so bad!) and I save money and length (cause I can cut less than a hairdresser would).

In the little red container, I filled some coconut oil and use it as a moisturizer for my ends once or twice a week.

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For female hygiene products, I have my menstrual cup with me. This is another great example, how much money you can save with eco-friendly products. It costs around 15-20€ and lasts you for years and years. Tampons and napkins however can be super expensive and in some countries, you will have a hard time to even find them.

Also, they are so much better for your body because they don’t contain bleaching chemicals and other nasty stuff you don’t want to put inside your body.

I still have a few tampons and napkins with me if I don’t have the possibility to clean the cup.

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I don’t need and want to wear makeup on a daily basis and if I am going out with friends, I usually find a friend who borrows me her mascara and concealer, so I only took my eyebrow pencil with me. That’s the only thing I really care about if I don’t want to look like I just woke up: eyebrows.

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And the last few small items I carry in my beauty bag are hair ties, nail file and scissors and cotton buds.

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Something that doesn’t fit into my toiletrie bag, but that I still want to mention is my sunscreen. I use this one in SPF 30 or 50 that I brought from Germany which is from Jean&Len. You can get them in most drugstores and they are vegan, cruelty free and have less chemicals in them.

Sadly sunscreen has really toxic ingredients to make it work, but we still need it to protect our skin. This brand is already a lot better than conventional sunscreen and it still has a very nice texture without being too thick and making you white, which is important as well :D

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So this is all I have with me – not zero waste, not completely eco-friendly, but  I try my best and hope to inspire you to swap you plastic toothbrush or shaver and made small steps every day to save our earth from downing in plastic!

If you want to read more about plastic, my thoughts and some amazing pictures, have a look at my blog post We Drown in Plastic.



*Disclaimer: This blog post includes two PR-Sample (as marked), but I still only mention them because I think the products are great and worth sharing with you. I only do PR-Samples (or Advertisings) if I truly support the companies!