1. Carry a reusable bottle or cup
Save money on both hot and cold drinks by investing in a reusable bottle or cup. A reusable cup that you can fill up with water will prevent you from having to spend money on drinks when you're out and about. If you're a lover of hot beverages, asking coffee shops to fill up a reusable cup rather than a paper one is great for the environment. Some shops even reduce prices by 10p for filling up travel mugs too.
2. Invest in timeless fashion
Spending money on key pieces that you know you will re-wear through endless seasons is far more environmentally friendly than buying fast-fashion trends. Buy simple garments that will go with everything in your wardrobe rather than crazy patterns that you know you will never wear. If your wardrobe does need a spring clean it's also very important to never throw clothes away. Instead, donate them to charity shops or sell them online. Use these thrifty tips from wartime mums.
3. Plant a fruit and veg garden
By growing your own fruit and vegetables, you can ensure a constant supply of fresh, healthy, natural and organic produce all whilst saving money at the same time. Commercial farming of fruits and vegetables can release harmful chemicals into the air and water as well as the soil, whereas organic and natural farming provides only good environmental benefits. Here are 5 things you might not know about composting.
4. Reuse glass jars and plastic containers
It's important to always recycle plastic and glass jars, containers and bottles. However, it is also useful to reuse them in order to save some money as well. You can do so much with plastic and glass. One great idea is to cut some small holes into the lid of a plastic milk carton to make a watering can. Another idea is by making a container for pens and pencils by using an old jam jar. Use our tips to recycle your rubbish.
5. Reduce food waste
Limit your shopping list to only buying things you know you will consume within the next month. This will save you storing things that you know you will never get round to eating. When you are buying fresh produce for your weekly shop, only buy the correct amount for the people you are feeding in order to minimise food waste. Use our tips to cut the cost of cooking.
6. Avoid using plastic bags
Save money by avoiding spending 5p on plastic bags and carry a reusable one round with you instead. A large holdall that you can use time and time again for shopping is so much more cost effective and environmentally friendly than a plastic bag. Here are 10 ways to reuse plastic bags.
7. Switch your car
Driving low-carbon transport can save you money whilst also helping the environment. Large diesel-guzzling engines may look aesthetically pleasing, but they cost a lot more to run and are bad for the environment.
8. Walk or cycle
Avoid using your car for short journeys and instead, use your bike or walk. This will not only help the environment but it will also save you a lot of money on petrol. Here's everything you need to know about electric bikes.
9. Buy fruits and vegetables in season
It's important to always eat seasonally. Fruit and vegetables that aren't in season have often travelled a very long distance to get to the supermarket they're being sold at. In-season produce is much more likely to have been sourced from local growers, which means that it has required fewer resources to get it from farm to table. The cost will be a lot cheaper for the produce too. Read why eating with the seasons is better for your health.
10. Take home your uneaten food from restaurant
It's hard to imagine the amount of waste restaurants around the world produce each day. Do your bit by not letting food go to waste. If you have a significant amount of food left, take it home and reheat it for lunch the day after.