Going Green to save the planet (& some money)

With the likes of Greta Thunberg, Sir David Attenborough and even Prince Charles making recurrent pleas for us to save our planet, it is difficult to ignore the crisis our natural world faces. It can often be thought that ‘going green’ can be more costly but we’ve got a few handy tips to saving both the planet and your money with just a few adjustments.

Water saving

Cutting water usage is obviously good for the planet and good for your bank balance too, especially if you’re on a meter. Cutting water usage can often reduce your energy costs too, as if you’re using less water, you’re often heating less too.

There are so many free water saving gizmos and gadgets out there available from water firms depending on where you live, take a look at this list >>

Recycle, recycle, recycle

We don’t mean ensure your cardboard is in the recycling bin to save £££s, but why not recycle old clothes, make up and more. Many companies now offer rewards and incentives for doing so, so not only will you recoup some of the money, but you’ll also ensure your unwanted items are getting a second lease of life or a new purpose!

Saving the planet, 1 Coffee at a time!

Many coffee chains now offer discounts on your coffee/hot drink if you bring your own reusable cup. So, invest £1 to save yourself money on your favourite beverage and also help to reduce unnecessary waste and production of disposable cups.

Water refills – for free

Single use plastics are a problem, so make them multi use, or avoid them all together and invest in a reusable water bottle and use this handy app to find out where to refill your water bottle for free!

Pop your headphones in and plant a tree

This one is quite fun! Every time this short song is played via Spotify, the profits raised are used to plant a tree via the Eden Reforestation Project. Have a listen to “This Song Plants Trees” now >>

Recycle your phone

Just because you’ve upgraded, your old phone doesn’t suddenly become worthless. Not only that, but if you pop it in a drawer and let is ‘decay’ it will start to become noxious. So the best thing to do is recycle via a phone recycling scheme, or sell it on. You could even continue to use an old phone after your contract has ended and buy into a sim only plan, saving yourself money.

Many phone companies will automatically offer you a trade in option, saving you money on your upgrade fees or the upfront phone costs.