I’ve heard people think being eco-friendly is expensive, and that is likely because eco-friendly options usually have a higher initial cost. Most people don’t realize that buying sustainable products actually saves money in the long-run. Basically, if you stop using disposable versions of items that have to be purchased over and over again and buy a long-term, quality, sustainable item, you will save money and decrease your waste. Keep your green by going green with these five simple swaps.
1. Reusable Water Bottle
Worldwide approximately 1 million plastic bottles are bought per minute. Only about 23% of those bottles are recycled so you can imagine how quickly those pile up.
If you are currently using single-use bottles of water, you are likely spending anywhere from $180 to $2,000 per year, depending on if you purchase them in bulk or individually.
Those of us who drink the recommended 64 ounces a day will use 1,460 plastic bottles per year.
A reusable water bottle usually costs between $10 and $20 and lasts years, saving you thousands!
If you are worried about drinking tap water, you can invest in a water filter as well. I have this one attached directly to my sink.
2. Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
The number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1,164 football fields, but that’s only part of the problem. The majority of hair care products contain palm oil, which you can read all about in my post here.
Shampoo and conditioner bars last longer and are travel-friendly since there’s no risk of them spilling.
My favorite brand of shampoo and conditioner bar is Ethique. One of their shampoo bars lasts as long as 3 bottles and one conditioner bar lasts as long as 5 bottles! They are a concentrated, plastic-free, cruelty-free, palm oil free, vegan, sustainable brand with compostable packaging. It is rare to find a company that can check all of those boxes.
The product itself has been amazing for my hair. You can find out a little more about the brand here.
How much you save will really depend on how much you spend on your current hair care. There are lots of great brands available including Lush for about $12 ( I really want to try their Copperhead shampoo bar, specifically for redheads) and JR Liggett’s for around $7.
3. Microfiber Facial Cleansing Cloths
If you use makeup removing wipes, a quality microfiber cloth could change your life.
I was spending about $7 a month on face wipes, creating waste almost daily. The chemicals in most wipes would dry my face out and make it peel, so I had to be very careful about which brands I purchased.
I originally saw a video for a makeup eraser cloth that completely removes makeup without any cleansers, even stubborn eye makeup! It’s amazing how gentle they are and how well they work. I found a pack of 5 cloths on Amazon for $13, which means within two months they will have made up for their cost. They are sold out right now, but there are lots of similar options.
These are not the same as a standard microfiber cloth as they have longer fibers for a more gentle clean. This is why they are going to be much better than a regular cotton washcloth as well.
I just toss them into the wash as I use them. Although you don’t have to use a cleanser with them, I still follow up with my regular face wash. However, they are convenient for those nights that you just need to take your makeup off quickly and easily.
4. Safety Razor
Approximately 2 billion disposables razors are thrown away every year in the US alone.
Whether you buy refills as needed or take part in a monthly shave subscription, I’m sure you’ve noticed razors and their blades can get expensive.
Cartridge refills from the store will cost anywhere between $12 to $35 each or $3 to $5 per blade refill.
Shave club costs about $4 to $9 per month, which is .80 cents to $2.25 per blade refill.
I hate that the handles are made of cheap plastic that doesn’t last. That’s actually what made me research safety razors. I was using a shave club razor and the handle broke, the quality just did not match the price.
A safety razor is made of quality metal that will last a lifetime if cared for properly. It does seem like an expensive purchase at around $30-$40, but I will never have to buy a razor again. The refill blades that I chose had 100 blades for $9, making them .09 cents each. The blades are also double-sided so they can be used multiple times.
The quality of the shave is much better and over time will cost less than a dime per shave.
5. Menstrual Cup
I’m sure I just made a bunch of you cringe with the “m” word, but if we are afraid to discuss certain subjects, we will never learn about ways to improve them.
I wrote a whole post about these here if you are interested.
It’s estimated 45 billion period products are thrown away each year.
Switching to a cup will save literal tons of waste, and hundreds of dollars!
I love this one. You can use the discount code LUNE4YOU for 15% off!