There are many things we can do to live more sustainably. We can recycle more, reduce our meat intake, take public transport but what about shopping more sustainably? Here are our tips on shopping smarter in a way that won’t just help the environment, but also your wallet.
1. Make a list.
It’s easy to go to the supermarket and end up buying a lot of things you really don’t need. Writing a shopping list and sticking to it like gospel can help you shop more mindfully so you won’t buy things that will just go to waste, you’ll save money too. It’s a win-win!
2. Do your research.
Before you buy anything, sleep on it and do your research. You can weigh up the pros and cons about whether you need something, will it make your life better, or will it be a waste of money and end up on a landfill shortly? Researching can help you stop buying on an impulse or from getting swayed by persuasive salespeople.
3. Choose quality.
Something that costs more can end up being the cheaper option. Whether you buy clothes or a good quality washing machine that lasts, you can save pennies because they endure, rather than forking out money on repairs or buying a new item. Cheap and bad quality items tend to wear down more quickly and end up getting disposed of sooner, this is one reason why fast fashion (among other reasons) is so bad for the environment.
4. Buy reusable.
You may want to invest in a few items you can reuse. A reusable water bottle may be more expensive than a bottle of spring water from the shop, but you’ll save so much money just refilling it when you can than buying another bottle, not to mention cut down on all that plastic waste. Think about things you get that are disposable and consider their reusable options.
5. Avoid excessive packaging.
Shop for items that carry minimal packaging if you can. Rather than buy a cucumber covered in cellophane, go to your local market and get it without packaging, or support supermarkets that cut down on their packaging. No waste shops are fortunately becoming more common, so perhaps try to do your shopping there if you can. Bring your own bags and containers with you to the market to cut down your footprint.
6. Pick natural ingredients.
If you can, go for products made with natural, sustainable ingredients. You can even get cleaning products made with natural products like vinegar, or some go even further, like we do at CYCLE, and make them out of biowaste. From food without additives, natural fibers in clothes, and bio-cleaning products, natural ingredients are not only healthier for the environment but also for you.
7. Buy second hand.
From clothes to furniture, one of the most significant changes you can make is buying second hand. It’s not only cheaper, but you can cut your carbon footprint down significantly. A new T-shirt, for example, creates a substantial ecological impact, so why not try to get one from the thrift shop or organize a clothing swap with friends or the local community.
Small changes do add up, and together we can make a difference to make our planet healthier and happier through the CYCLE way, a circular economy where nothing goes to waste.