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5 tips to start saving money and become eco friendly

By Kirthana Devaser

With Covid-19 and the world turning upside down, I can’t think of a better time to explore more eco-friendly ways to make the world a better place. People often have the misconception that going green is for the elite and not the average person on the street. This guide is aimed to make eco-friendly products more accessible to the average consumer. There are plenty of affordable products out there for just about anyone. Let’s take a look:

Reusable Personal Protection

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Covid-19 has changed how we carry out our day-to-day activities and how we interact with the outside world. It is vital to take care of ourselves and the people around us in such a time.  One of the best ways to keep costs down is by using reusable masks. A 10-pack of standard Type IIR face mask costs £5 at Sainsbury’s. Mind you, those are single-use masks. A reusable mask pack of 5 costs £15 at Sainsbury’s and can be used countless times as long as you wash them regularly. Reusable masks can be found at your local grocer or even pharmacy. Look out for them!

Eco Friendly Sanitary Products

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Shark week! Period poverty is a global issue and pink tax is a very real concept. According to a survey by Plan International UK, Bodyform reported 1 in 10 girls in the UK cannot afford to buy menstrual products whilst 1 in 7 have struggled to afford them. Over a period of a year, it is said that 137, 7000 children in the UK have missed school because of period poverty.

The answer to this problem may just be Menstrual Cups! Recognised by the NHS, menstrual cups will keep costs low in the long run and it saves the environment! A cup at Sainsbury’s costs approximately £16. A pack of 14 Always, Normal (size 1) sanitary towels costs you £1.40 and an 18 pack Tampax Regular Pearl tampon (applicator) costs £2.50. According to the Huffington Post, the average woman uses five liners and 20 tampons per cycle. Based on that analysis, the average woman in the UK is most likely to spend approximately £40 a year on menstrual products. A menstrual cup is less than half that price and can be used throughout the year. Consumers are advised to change it annually or when it seems worn out. In the long-run, the menstrual cup is the cheaper and most eco-friendly choice!

Bamboo Toothbrush

bamboo toothbrush

Most dentists or orthodontists would recommend changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head once every three months. A replaceable toothbrush that comes in a pack of three costs approximately £9, whilst the Oral-B CrossAction Electric Toothbrush replacement costs about £12 for a pack of four. If you break it down, it costs about the same price, except the bamboo toothbrush is better for the environment! At Boots, the Colgate 360 Deep Clean Medium Toothbrush costs £4 whilst the Colgate or Humble Co Bamboo Medium toothbrush costs £4. This is the SAME price! Why not switch to a bamboo toothbrush and make a difference?

Shampoo Bars
Solid Shampoo

Why switch to solid shampoo? ? Not only will this help you through your zero-waste journey, it will also save you money and space! The cost of an Eco-Warrior shampoo bar at Sainsbury’s costs £4.50. According to Lush, most people need 2-3 strokes across wet hair to get a rich foam going, so each bar lasts between 80 to 100 washes. That is equivalent to about 3 250ml bottles which comes up to a total of 750ml. A 250ml bottle of Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti Dandruff Shampoo costs £2.75, which comes up to a total of £8.25 for three.

Most fun of all, when borders start to open and travel is allowed, you can easily pack this lovely bar in your carry-on luggage to paradise - shampoo ready, worry-free!

Stretchy food lids and reusable freezer bags
Stetchy lids and reusable freezer bags

Hello Stretchy-Lids! A set of 6 stretchy food lids costs approximately £13 (excluding £2.99 shipping), and the smallest roll of cling-film at Sainsbury’s costs approximately £2. As of November 3rd 2020, for an additional £8, you would be able to add-on 5 Reusable Freezer Bags! If you were given the choice of lids that last indefinitely and a roll that you would need to keep buying, which would you pick? I think I know the answer. This is really helpful to keep food fresh and store things in the kitchen. It plays the same role as cling-film, just better! Its reusable element is very appealing and a great way to stay eco-friendly. The bags play the same role and save up a lot of space in the freezer! In the long-run, this would save you a lot more money than you think. What are you waiting for? Make the switch for a better tomorrow!

If you’re looking for more money-saving tips you should check out the rest of our Saving Money blogs!

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