• Ilia Joe Tekeng

Tips to being environmentally friendly on a budget

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

1. Grow Vegetables!

If you do not have a lot of space in your home you can get creative. Use cans and jars and fill them with soil. You can find free soil on facebook marketplace. You will just need to buy whatever it is you would like to plant. Still, a better bargain than buying it already made. Growing your own food is relaxing, makes your space look nice, and improves your health. You can also use bowls or yogurt containers to grow your plants.

2. Eat Plant Based

I switched to a mostly plant based diet and it has saved me so much money. Meat and dairy products in most places are expensive as well as processed foods. Potatoes, rice, and tofu are more affordable options. Plant based diets are great for the environment and animals. Consider looking up some plant based recipes to see how easy it can be. For some people it is really challenging but there is no need to commit to plant based only. You could reduce your meat and dairy consumption by deciding to only have it once every few weeks.

3. Buy 2nd Hand

This is a small one but still impactful. Buying 2nd hand allows us to reuse and reduce. The fewer things you buy new, the less will be made. Clothing, electronics, and appliances can last a really long time if they are used with care. Buying second hand is also cheaper and the money often goes to people in your community instead of large companies.

4. Save Electricity

We use more electricity than what we need. Reduce your bills by using less. Turn off does lights, unplug (especially if it is an electronic device), get energy saving lights, and take advantage of natural light. A good tip is to also keep doors closed to retain heat or cool air. Never turn on the heater and leave a window open. If you're going to use electricity be conscious. Electricity bills will also become cheaper!

5. Reduce Water Consumption

5-15 minute showers are a perfect amount of time to get clean. Another good tip to reducing water consumption is to turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth and when you are using a hose but need to take a break. When hand washing dishes, it is good to soap all the dishes, then rinse everything at once to reduce the time the tap stays running. Or fill the sink with water and drain when dishes are complete.

7. Create your own hygiene products

Many of us buy products filled with chemicals when we need to take care of our hygiene. The products are at times not very cheap, they are bad for our body long term and their packages usually come in plastic. If you have time, it is better to make your own alternatives. Social media has a lot of recipes and content on simple DIY products you can make. I like to use olive oil as moisturizer for my hair and skin. A 1 L bottle costs me C$2 and lasts a long time. You can mix it with lavender or other oils. Michelle is an expert on natural oils, you can find her instagram here.

I want to turn this into a conversation. In the comments tell me what you are doing to be environmentally friendly on a budget. I am always open to new ideas. The blog is not very detailed because I would like us to add more to what I have listed in the comments based on experience.

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