Six Simple Ways to Reduce and Reuse: Smart Moves to Save Money and the Planet

| July 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

Reduce and Recycle Going green and making the move to eco-friendly options does not require a lot of planning and thinking. All you need to do is make some small simple changes in what you buy and use to actually end up saving money and protecting the planet as well.

Here are 6 smart moves to make to reduce your consumption, go green and live a simpler life:

Buy Cloth Not Paper

Begin by making the switch from paper towels in the kitchen and for dusting around the house to reusable microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloth is not only great for cleaning countertops and mopping up spills, you can even use it to clean the laptop or LCD screen.

Carry Your Own Coffee (or Water)

By using refillable bottles for water and a travel cup to tote your coffee, you would not only be protecting the environment but also be saving a lot of money as well. Disposable cups and glasses just add to the landfills. There are many trendy, sporty travel cups available that would look great on your office desk as well.

Oh, and while you’re at it, do make sure you’re packing your lunch too in a reusable container and not brown bagging it.

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is not only cheaper but also easier on the environment. Buy frequent use items such as household cleaners and laundry detergent in bulk packs and then, decant into smaller spray or detergent containers.

Buying these items in bulk also ensures that you don’t run out of your favorite detergent at the last moment.

Print Less

Each time you hit the “print” button, pause and think. Do you really need that printout? If you do, can you use paper that has one side printed on it? Printables for kids, menu planning checklists, directions to a play date or an eInvite can all be printed on used sheets of paper.

Line Dry Your Clothes

Greening your laundry can easily start with air drying or line drying your clothes. If you live in sunny climes, all you need is a clothesline or drying rack, some pegs and you’re done. Your clothes will be naturally bleached, disinfected and dry. For free!

Reuse What You Can

Before buying anything new, always think if there is something that can be reused for that purpose. Need an art smock for your preschooler? How about digging out those old tees from the back of the closet? Need a pen holder? Turn an old jam jar into one by simply painting it or leave it as it is. For more inspiration on reusing everyday items, do check out our article series on reusing.

So, go ahead and make a difference. Use less paper. Reuse coffee and water containers. Hang out your laundry in the back yard. And see how simple steps like these make a big impact to the environment and your budget.

Photo credit Steve Snodgrass

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Prerna Malik is a freelance writer and work-at-home mom who believes in green living, frugal fun and positive parenting. You can find out more about her at The Mom Writes.

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  1. Karen says:

    A courtesy email to let you know that from time to time I share your helpful posts on my Facebook Group titled ‘Melton Bowerbirds’. We are a small local community FB group (in Australia) dedicated to promoting and inspiring creative use of recycled materials.

    Bowerbirds like you are into frugal fun!

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    Karen

  2. Simon says:

    Thanks Karen – great to see people spreading the word!

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