Now I may not be a super green crunchy mom, but I do see a great deal of benefit to living a more eco-friendly life. I may not be completely “no waste”, because it seems to be rather unattainable to be honest…But, I am determined to make sure my family is as low waste and ed-friendly as we can be. Since we are working towards this goal, I wanted to share with you my top 10 easy eco-friendly swaps that we have made! They are inexpensive, good for the environment, and they actually save you money in the long run as well!
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Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps They Will Save You Money
My family has been seriously trying to live a more Eco-friendly lifestyle. I firmly believe that this planet is simply on loan to us from future generations, and we need to treat it with dignity and respect. Some of the green changes that many people make, to me, are a bit large and extreme all at once, so I decided that we will take it slow and make a few small and easy Eco-friendly swaps at a time. So far, this has been working out extremely well! While there is some amount of upfront cost, these small green changes actually tend to save money in the long run. So if you want to save money and the environment… Then go ahead and start making some of these Eco-friendly changes today!
Bring Your Own Reusable Straws
So, I don’t know about you but I am a big fan of straws. Personally, I have semi-sensitive teeth and using a straw just makes my life a bit easier. I never really stopped to think about how wasteful disposable straws really are though. One use, and tossed away into a landfill… Then there is the financial aspect. While a big pack of them are relatively inexpensive, added up over time the cost can get up there. So buying reusable straws just seems like a no brainier! It is an easy swap, and they have some really cool ones on Amazon that even have little straw cleaners. You can take them into restaurants with you too and use them instead of the plastic straws offered there!
Wool Dryer Balls
Another simple and easy Eco-friendly swap is going from the one time use drier sheets to reusable drier balls. I have really been loving the wool ones lately! Once again, they are a small upfront investment but in the long run they are way less expensive than regular drier sheets. They are also supposed to cut down on drying time which will save on electricity! So go on and get you some wool drier balls, you won’t regret it!
I can’t be the only one with a slight obsession with using cotton pads to remove my eye makeup. The problem is, those cotton pads are super wasteful. When I found these reusable, washable makeup remover pads though, I was super stoked! Instead of throwing away a bunch of cotton pads, you just wash and reuse these! Save the world, save some cash.
Honestly, this one isn’t for everyone. I still use disposable diapers at times, but using cloth diapers even just at home has been surprisingly amazing! The cleanup really is not as gross or difficult as I expected it to be. Cloth diapers are a bit nor of an upfront expense, but the money you save not buying packs and packs of disposable diapers makes it all worth it! Buy a few at a time and build up a stash, or ask for them as gifts for a baby shower… While yes, I like disposables while we are out sometimes, cloth really is the best for saving money and going green!
No More Paper Towels
Another easy Eco-friendly swap my family has done is to replace paper towels with something reusable and washable! My favorite paper towel replacement is from a brand called Flinka. They have a ton of Eco-friendly cleaning cloths. I have been using them for a while now and can say that they work so well! Paper towels are so wasteful, and honestly so expensive. These Flinka cloths wipe down my counters, glass, and everything else so much better and I can just toss them in the wash!
Reusable Shopping Bags
Y’all may already know that I like to save money by shopping at Aldi. When you shop there, you don’t have much of a choice but to use reusable shopping bags, which is great! Since I started shopping at Aldi, I have really started using my reusable bags everywhere. You can even ask to be able to use them when doing the Walmart Online pickup. On top of using reusable shopping bags, I have started to use reusable produce bags as well! I had no idea these were a thing, but I am loving that I don’t have to use those little plastic produce bags the store provides anymore. While this little swap is not going to save you money, it will help keep plastic out of landfills.
Shop Second Hand Clothing
If y’all have been around these parts a while, you probably know that I love shopping second hand. I have a serious love for Thredup, a high end second hand clothing site for women and children. Shopping thrift and second hand for clothing just makes sense! You can find like new items at serious discounts. So you save money, and help the earth at the same time! Oh, and if you want to check out Thredup for yourself, you can get $10 off your first order here!
Get A Diva Cup
I feel like there may be some push back on this one, but that’s alright. Have you ever really thought about how wasteful, and probably unhealthy, disposable feminine hygiene products are? Honestly, I never thought much about it, but after doing some digging, it really makes sense that tampons and pads are really wasteful, and kind of gross too. There are other options though, mama cloth and diva cups are huge right now! I know so many women who have made the switch and none of them have any complaints. Once again, you are saving money and reducing waste! Win Win.
Bring Your Own Coffee Cup
It is no shock that I am a big coffee drinker. One of my weaknesses is Dunkin Donuts Iced coffee. No lie, I ended up with an embarrassing amount of plastic Dunkin cups in my garbage can. Recently I started taking my Tervis cup with me though and they are more than happy to make my coffee in my own glass. Now I still get my coffee, but no longer have to feel awful about plastic throw away cups! Plus, Tervis glasses are just the cutest!
No More Freezer Bags
I use so many freezer bags. For meal prep, storing certain leftovers, and just all sorts of things! My final easy Eco-friendly swap has been moving away from disposable freezer bags, and moving towards using reusable ones! As with many of the things on this list, there is a slightly higher one time cost, but in the long term, you will be saving money! You won’t need to buy more boxes of bags, just wash and reuse the ones you have! Less trash and more money in your pocket!
Seriously, these little changes have been working out really well in my home. Am I super crunchy? No… Am I “no waste”? No… But it is a start! We don’t have to go all out or be perfect or make huge changes in order to make an impact! Small changes, little shifts in our mentality will go a long way in the long run!
What are some of your favorite Eco-friendly changes that you have made in your life?