Reusable And Eco-friendly Items That Can Also Save You Money
Some people think it takes a lot of money, time and effort to make a home eco-friendly. The truth is there are a lot of eco-products that you can easily start using right now which can help you to reduce excess waste and even save you money in the long run.
1.) Ditch paper napkins - The money spent buying paper napkins can build up over time. Cloth napkins may be a little higher initially, but they'll quickly pay for themselves. Plus, they look and feel more luxurious.
2.) Use your own shopping bags - Not only are you saving the environment by not using single-use plastic bags, but some stores will even offer a discount on your grocery bill if you bring your own re-usable bags. Walmart will also take your past plastic bags back and recycle them.
3.) Say no to plastic water bottles - These are expensive and harmful to the environment. You might want to consider investing in a reusable water bottle that is made of glass, stainless steel or aluminum. Find one that is chemical-free, which is cheaper AND healthier.
4.) Invest in a reusable or permanent coffee filter - If you love coffee, you can go through a ton of filters and/or pods. If your coffee pot can handle a reusable filter, it's time to make the switch. There are now coffee makers that use permanent filters and can even make you anything from one cup of coffee to a full carafe without using a pod.
5.) Rechargable Batteries - Batteries are complicated to recycle and contain a a significant number of dangerous metals, such as lead. Rechargable batteries cost a bit more when you get them, but you will be protecting the environment while saving some cash in the long run.
6.) Biodegradable Pots - These square containers are great for small fruit, bareroot roses, perennials, field-drug plants and broadleaf evergreens. Containers are fiber molded, meaning they are made of recycled material, biodegradable and usually decompose in about a year.