How to Save Money Avoiding Single-Use Products
One of the main issues that people bring up when talking about sustainable living is that some alternatives to plastic and disposable items are pricey. Thus the impression sometimes is that sustainable living is not for everyone and is only reserved for those, who can afford it, when in truth it is the opposite. As a socially and environmentally responsible Australian company making beeswax wraps, we want to highlight how avoiding single-use plastic can actually save you money in the long run.
Say No To Packaging
Some products are more expensive because of the packaging. Most fruit and vegetables that you buy in the supermarket are packaged in some form of single-use plastic. Other things like pre-cooked and peeled beetroot tend to be vacuum-packed in plastic and it is more expensive only because of the convenience and packaging. Buying fruit and vegetables in the market can work out much cheaper since most things are priced based on weight and you can use your own reusable bags.
Invest in Reusable Items
The average household uses anywhere from 10 to over 20 rolls of cling wrap each year. While a single roll may cost less than environmentally-friendly beeswax wraps, the price in the end is much higher and so is the environmental damage. A reusable water bottle does cost more than a single-use bottled water but it can be used for years to come, saving hundreds of dollars in the long run. Alternatives to single-use packaging tend to be more costly as a one-off payment but things like beeswax wraps and reusable water bottles last a long time and when looking at the price to length-of-use ratio, it is actually much cheaper. Think of it as an investment.
Consider Toiletries and Cleaning Products
Toiletries and cleaning products are one of the most costly recurring purchases in every household. Anything from cotton pads, razors, shampoo and shower gel bottles to kitchen cleaning products and laundry detergent. Most of these items can be substituted with cheaper and more nature-friendly alternatives. Most cotton pads are made of non-organic cotton which is grown with pesticides that are damaging both to human health and nature. They then are packaged in single-use plastic. Soft face cloths and nature-friendly hemp pads can be reused hundreds of times and achieve the same effect without the damaging consequences. The days of harsh soaps are also over, and there are many natural soaps using high-quality ingredients that can replace shower gel. These tend to cost approximately the same but last much longer, and also contain paper rather than plastic packaging. Vinegar, lemon juice, and bicarbonate of soda are excellent all-purpose cleaning product alternatives. Most household items have sustainable alternatives and this can be one of the greatest cost-saving swaps you can make both for your family, budget, and the environment.