Did you know that switching to reusable coffee cups can save you about $58 annually? Or that 554,000 trees can be saved every year if each U.S. household used one less 70-sheet roll of paper towels? Those are pretty outstanding numbers when you sit back and think about it. In fact, there are so many other simple swaps we can do to not only create a more environmentally conscious household but save money in the process. Credit.com created an educational infographic that outlines all the various ways we can save both money and the planet.
- Shopping: try a no spend month, shop at thrift stores and second-hand stores, trade with those in your community by using sites like Facebook Marketplace, buy local, use reusable shopping bags
- Pets: use topical flea and tick treatments, use biodegradable bags, look to food with protein sources other than beef
- Personal care: make your own lotions, soaps, and shampoos, swap plastic items for those made with sustainable materials
- Household: make your own cleaning products, replace single-use paper towels with microfiber cloths, be cognizant of not running the dishwasher too much, opt out of junk mail
- Maintenance: Get an energy home audit done, install low-flow shower heads, use LED lightbulbs
- Laundry: air dry clothes, only do a wash when it’s a full load, replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls, clean the lint between each load
- Food: eat less meat and dairy, cook from scratch more, use cast iron pans, compost food scraps
- Storage: use reusable takeout containers for leftovers, switch to a reusable water and coffee cup
- Technology: use power strips, unplug devices when they’re fully charged, print double-sided, switch to paperless bank statements
Check out the visual below for more, and get inspiration on how to make simple swaps in areas like cooking, cleaning, technology, shopping, and pet care.