The planet is our home, and we should do all what we can to help the land we stand on and also teach our children what small things they can do to make a big difference.
You can start with Earth Day which is celebrated on the 22nd April this year, is an initiative aimed at raising money through the raising of awareness for Planet Earth. Earth day is celebrated by so many people across the world and the day itself is always a huge success but what about the rest of the year….
Here’s five simple ways to help the planet that don’t cost the earth at the same time (see what I did there)….
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The immortal words of the recycling campaign live on. While it is important to recycle and reduce, what if there was a way to MAKE MONEY by reusing? Well, there is. Selling second-hand things you no longer want can help the environment by producing less and also add weight to your wallet. Instead of allowing the unwanted gifts and outgrown toys to get dusty on a shelf, give them to someone who might want them instead of buying new. And the fact that you can make money is an added bonus.
2. Scout Out a Bargain
There is nothing we love more than helping people find a bargain to reduce their weekly food shop, and how amazing would it be if we could also help the environment. Well, we can! By shopping later in the day, when the fresh food is being reduced, we can save money on what we would’ve bought anyway and we can stop food being wasted and thrown away. Everyone’s a winner!
3. Go Veggie for the Day
The link between meat production and the environment is a complex one, but scientists argue that your carbon footprint can be reduced for swapping out meat from your diet for just one day a week. Plus, there are can be loads of tasty vegetarian dishes. An aubergine or vegetable curry can cut out the meat for a tasty and nourishing meal made on the cheap, that goes far beyond the “rabbit food” veggie fare was once known as.
4. Use Your Legs, Not Your Wheels
It’s probably everyone’s first thought when asked what they can do to help the environment and save money. Swapping bus fares and car fumes for fresh air and exercise (walking or cycling) can do wonders for your body and also help stop the pollution of the planet.
5. Trade Nights Out For Nights In
Cooking for the family can seem like a daunting task, but can go a long way in both saving money and helping heal the Earth. As this free recipe book from Voucherbox shows, cooking frugally for the family can actually be very simple and very cost-effective. For example, their spinach, sweet potato and bean soup can be adapted for multiple family members at very little cost. Imagine the extra pennies if you trade a meal out every week for a meal in. You can even deck the table out like a fancy restaurant and turn it into a weekly tradition.
There are many ways to try to help the environment that also save you money, let us know if you have any more or if you’ve tried any of the methods and they’ve paid off!
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