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07.27.2020 / Lifestyles « Back to all articles

Zero Waste Equals Money Saved
Zero Waste Equals Money Saved

What is Zero Waste Living? 

Every year, millions of tons of trash pack landfills.  While alarming on an environmental level, it also makes for a financial disaster.  Zero waste living combines several familiar ideas and combines them into a single idea: Waste nothing.   

Not only are there lifestyle and health benefits to this, but this new trend also has profound financial implications.  Some experts estimate those who live this lifestyle saved tens of thousands of dollars through zero waste living and some estimates that the average household could save $4,000 a year living this way.  Here are a few easy ways to get started.  It might not be all-in for everyone, but even a few small changes could ease the pressure on the budget. 

 

Ditch the Disposables 

Consider what goes into the trash can every day.  There are a lot of napkins, a lot of paper towels, plastics, and wrappers.  Zero waste seeks to eliminate these disposable goods by using reusable alternatives.  For example, instead of churning through rolls of paper towels, a set of high-quality dish towels do the trick just fine.  The towel gets washed and does not need to be bought again.   

Apply the same thinking to water bottles – go for a reusable cup instead of buying new plastic bottles every time.  These things only need to be bought once rather than repeatedly every time it runs out.  

 

Pass on Processed 

Wrappers are the superfluous window dressing to food these days.  Processed food carries the brightly colored bag.  These packaged, processed goods, in addition to being wildly unhealthy, produce a ton of trash at high price points.  Choosing to make food at home rather than buying the name-brand snacks not only is healthier and reduces trash, it saves a significant amount of money.   

 

DIY Cleaning Supplies 

Cleaning supplies often contain toxic chemicals.  Then, when used up, the bottles get thrown out with everything else.  Try making cleaning supplies at home with safe ingredients.  Vinegar and baking soda clean just about any surface are just as effective, and costs next to nothing in comparison to the big brand bottles.  This reduces waste. 

 

Just Say No! 

Finally, zero waste living cultivates an attitude of no.  When a coworker offers to buy a greasy lunch, the answer is no.  When something unnecessary is on sale, the answer is no.  When ball games or other events have knick-knacks as giveaways, the answer is no.  This decreases clutter, and therefore trash.  It also teaches the discipline of deliberate living.  Not only is it saving money, but it is a teacher on how to save money in other ways, as well. 

 

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07.27.2020 / Lifestyles « Back to all articles

Zero Waste Equals Money Saved
Zero Waste Equals Money Saved

What is Zero Waste Living? 

Every year, millions of tons of trash pack landfills.  While alarming on an environmental level, it also makes for a financial disaster.  Zero waste living combines several familiar ideas and combines them into a single idea: Waste nothing.   

Not only are there lifestyle and health benefits to this, but this new trend also has profound financial implications.  Some experts estimate those who live this lifestyle saved tens of thousands of dollars through zero waste living and some estimates that the average household could save $4,000 a year living this way.  Here are a few easy ways to get started.  It might not be all-in for everyone, but even a few small changes could ease the pressure on the budget. 

 

Ditch the Disposables 

Consider what goes into the trash can every day.  There are a lot of napkins, a lot of paper towels, plastics, and wrappers.  Zero waste seeks to eliminate these disposable goods by using reusable alternatives.  For example, instead of churning through rolls of paper towels, a set of high-quality dish towels do the trick just fine.  The towel gets washed and does not need to be bought again.   

Apply the same thinking to water bottles – go for a reusable cup instead of buying new plastic bottles every time.  These things only need to be bought once rather than repeatedly every time it runs out.  

 

Pass on Processed 

Wrappers are the superfluous window dressing to food these days.  Processed food carries the brightly colored bag.  These packaged, processed goods, in addition to being wildly unhealthy, produce a ton of trash at high price points.  Choosing to make food at home rather than buying the name-brand snacks not only is healthier and reduces trash, it saves a significant amount of money.   

 

DIY Cleaning Supplies 

Cleaning supplies often contain toxic chemicals.  Then, when used up, the bottles get thrown out with everything else.  Try making cleaning supplies at home with safe ingredients.  Vinegar and baking soda clean just about any surface are just as effective, and costs next to nothing in comparison to the big brand bottles.  This reduces waste. 

 

Just Say No! 

Finally, zero waste living cultivates an attitude of no.  When a coworker offers to buy a greasy lunch, the answer is no.  When something unnecessary is on sale, the answer is no.  When ball games or other events have knick-knacks as giveaways, the answer is no.  This decreases clutter, and therefore trash.  It also teaches the discipline of deliberate living.  Not only is it saving money, but it is a teacher on how to save money in other ways, as well. 

 

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