5 Sustainable Living Tips  that are actually affordable

Meaghan Weeden | January 12, 2020 | 3 min read

Sustainable Living Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

We all want to do what we can for the planet, but with the surge in "sustainable" luxury items + “green” influencers, you may be wondering: is sustainable living possible on a budget? Rest assured: despite what Instagram may lead you to believe, living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive to help the environment.

At its heart, sustainable living means being conscious of your consumption + habits, and then being flexible enough to change them if needed. No fancy gadgets, new diets, or major sacrifices required! In fact, every tip we’ve included on this list can be done today, without spending a dime.

5 Simple Ways to Help the Environment From Home

turning lights off

1. Listen to Your Inner Dad Voice

You know, the one that says to turn off the lights when you leave a room, unplug electronics when you’re done with them (power strips make this a cinch), keep the thermostat at 68°F or lower, and stop spending so dang long in the shower…you get the drill. You may roll your eyes at this, but your dad was way ahead of the sustainability curve. 

dirty laundry hamper

2. Do Less Laundry

We’re not trying to air out anyone’s dirty laundry here, but most of us wash our clothes way too often. This shortens the life of many fabrics, wastes energy + water, and is often totally unnecessary. So wash only what needs washing and skip garments that aren’t really dirty, like that sweater you wore for 3 hours while binging on Netflix. 

online shopping

3. Clear Out Your Closet

With the proliferation of thrifting sites + apps like PoshMark, thredUP, and the RealReal, offloading those pants that you can’t quite squeeze into anymore has never been easier. You’ll be contributing to the circular economy, giving your neglected clothing a chance at a better life, clearing space in your closet, and making some money while you're at it!

terrarium jar

4. Upcycle ALL THE THINGS

Get thyself to Pinterest and type in “upcycling ideas” — before long, you’ll be looking all around your house for things you can repurpose. Turn old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags, transform those dusty crib slats into wall organizers, make tiny terrariums from glass jars, and even turn an old pair of shoes into a flowerpot. The possibilities are endless! 

hemming jeans

5. Trade Skills with Friends

Maybe you can hem a pair of pants, make awesome organic soap, or edit an important document…but changing an air filter is beyond you. Work out a skill trade with your friends and family, and get the barter started! You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by the things you can avoid replacing or save money on, and perhaps pick up a new skill along the way.

We hope these simple tips have you feeling inspired to green up your lifestyle. Just want to plant a tree? Choose where yours are planted today! 

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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