If you liked our previous article covering 14 different tips for a greener life style, you’ll love this one.
Precycle, save money while saving the planet
That’s right, not recycle by precycle. This is the art of recycling an item already before you buy it. An example of precycling would be to buy a product that has less packaging, thus leaving you with less to recycle afterwards. When it comes to food, you’re better of buying fresh food from local farmers markets or co-ops. These will allow you skip on all the packaging that’s associated with grocery shopping.
Not only will it save you the environment and money, it helps your longevity since local food is always fresher and contains way more vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health.
If you can’t find a local farmers market you could always buy yourself a large container to store food. Instead of buying several small packages of your favorite food, buy one extra large instead and keep it in the container for future use.
Stop using bottles and cans
This is the same kind of idea as precycling. Plastic bottles can take between 400-1,000 years to decompose while cans average 350. We know, they can be recycled and so on, but if you can skip the recycling part from the beginning you’re doing mother earth a huge favor.Buy yourself a reusable water bottle and start using it, if you’re a soda drinker it’s a good time to stop drinking it, it will recycle your insides. But if you need to pour soda into your stomach from time to time, a soda streamer might be a good investment, but even then, you have to buy gas canisters and new flavors (which come in plastic bottles), so you’re really better off with just water.
Buy things second hand
Most of the time, the things you want to buy (not including food) can be bought second hand. The problem here is that most people associate the term “second hand” with old and trashed items. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost all of my items I own are bought second hand, all of my camera gear, my bicycle, my skateboard, my desktop and plenty more! Believe it or not but there are actually people caring for their items, not everything you find will be destroyed, but we of course advise you to check the item out before buying it.
There are plenty of flea markets and Facebook groups where you can either sell, buy or swap your old items. If you live in the USA you can go to Craigslist and check their free stuff listings, there are plenty of hidden gems there just waiting for you. Some interesting finds are pianos, couches, motorboats and even a free possum.
Unplug electrical stuff you don’t use
To save energy, money and the environment it’s smart to unplug stuff you don’t use around the house. Not using that charger for your cellphone? Unplug it. Coffee maker not brewing any coffee? Unplug it. Not watching TV? Unplug it. You get the gist.
But we also know that unplugging everything around the house is easily forgettable, there’s a product called “Smart Strip LCG” which is produced by 3M. It’s an energy saving surge protector with a smart auto switching technology. Meaning that if you’re not using your electrical items, the device will automatically turn them off.
Create your own cleaning products
Not a lot of people know this but you can create your own cleaning products, they work just as good as the real thing but cost much less to make. The follow the precycling rules, which allows them to be used over and over again. The ingredients are also way less toxic than commercial products, in other words they pollute less but offer the same effect. If you can’t be bothered to create your own products, try to find locally produce cleaning products.