10 Easy Ways Low Impact Living Saves You Money!
Leading a Low Impact lifestyle should be cheaper as you are consuming less and reusing more. Unfortunately however that is not always the case, so here are 20 easy tips to help you save money whilst reducing waste at the same time.
1. REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES
So I always try make sure i’m buying high quality natural fibre clothes when possible, and if they ever get a rip I simply take out my needle and thread, and sew them back up. Ethical clothing can be very expensive so if you’re willing to invest, then save yourself some money by repairing that item when it starts to show its age. Its not always a masterpiece but I think I do the job well enough to save the clothing from having to be recycled, donated or worst case thrown away.
2. BUYING SECOND HAND CLOTHES
Since discovering the wonders of vintage and second hand clothing, I have tried to reduce my clothing purchases to only include these methods. Not only do you save a lot of waste by partaking in this circular economy, you also save a lot of money as second hand clothing tends to be much cheaper, in my experience. Vintage shopping can get quite pricey so as long as you put in the time, you’re bound to find something in your budget.
3. STOP BUYING FAST FASHION
Fast fashion encourages us to constantly engage in the fashion world, looking up trends, following fashionable influencers, and purchase new items multiple times a month. By disengaging with this industry, you become a lot more aware of the things you buy. You tend to choose more ethical or second hand clothing which adds more value to your life as you have been forced to think about that purchase in more depth.
4. REUSE GLASS JARS
Instead of going out and buying new mason jars to fill your kitchen with, try reusing the ones you already have. On top of this if you ever buy pasta sauces or big jars of olives etc then you could try and reuse those also. We get too wrapped up in our kitchens looking aesthetic and forget about the real reasons why we are trying to reduce our waste.
5. REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
For me this was a no brainer, but for you it may be completely unnecessary. I used to waste a coffee cup almost every single working day of the year until I discovered reusables. For me it made sense to purchase a coffee cup as I knew I would reuse it. And the added bonus? I got up to 50p discount on every single time I used my cup instead of a disposable one!
6. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
If you live in a place that has safe drinking water then buying bottled water is a waste of money, plastic and is often contaminated with microplastics. If you're constantly buying bottled water then it can become quite expensive, which to me is bananas as there are so many free refill stations in places like London. If you’re unable to find a refill station more often than not cafes will refill your water bottle for you.
7. MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD AT HOME
Eating out gets very expensive and often produces a lot of waste. Especially if you are grabbing a quick lunch from a cafe, or supermarket nearby. The amount of money we spend tends to creep up, as does the waste. So by switching to homemade whenever possible (and if you have the time of course) can help dramatically reduce your waste, and save you a lot of money in the long run.
8. REUSABLE RAZOR
Obviously the cheapest and most waste efficient option is to not shave, so if you don’t hurrah for you! If you do then a reusable one would be your best option. The upfront cost can be a bit painful but in the long run you’ll be saving money as you would only need to purchase new blades, rather than a whole new razor.
9. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!
There are so many wonderful books out there that deserve to be read, so why not start swapping with your friends? Get yourself a library card, purchase second hand books, or even buy them on your e reader. Swapping with your friends and having a library card are your most money friendly options, while second hand purchases and e-readers may cost a little but also allow you to dramatically save money and waste.
Making your own products is so much fun and has a whole bunch of benefits. Homemade products always save you money as you don’t have to pay for the packaging of an item, the brand name, and the enormous mark up on items just because they’re being sold somewhere different. For me making my own deodorant was also really empowering because I realised I actually had a lot more control about what goes into and on my body, than I thought. Get creative and save some money and waste by DIYing. We have a whole section dedicated to DIYs in the How To tab so go check it out.
Thanks for reading about our tips on how to save money and waste at the same time! We hope you liked it.
LIM FOUNDER & CONTRIBUTOR
Immy is the creator of the YouTube channel Sustainably Vegan and the founder of the Low Impact Movement. Immy has dedicated her life to fighting the waste pandemic through online activism including social media campaigns, and personal waste reduction tips.
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