5 ways to help the environment for under $5

Meaghan Weeden | September 15, 2022 | 5 min read

How to Help The Environment Despite Inflation

With inflation driving up costs for everything from a loaf of bread to a tube of toothpaste, many of us have had to cut certain things out of our budget. And unfortunately, helping the environment by making financial commitments like purchasing eco-friendly products may not be financially feasible for you right now. If that's the case, not to fear! Despite inflation and rising prices, there are still plenty of inexpensive, or even free, ways you can help the environment and protect our planet.

5 Simple and Affordable Ways you Can Help The Environment, No Matter What The Inflation Rate is 

volunteer planting tree


Sometimes, giving time can be even more valuable than giving money. And we bet that you have a unique skill that could be of service to the environmental movement. You can also sign up for one of our many tree planting events to plant trees in your local community!

composting food scraps kitchen


With approximately 30-40% percent of the food supply in the United States becoming food waste, composting is a powerful action to reduce your waste, that anyone can take for the environment. With our free compost guide, you won't need any fancy equipment to get started!

bike in forest

3. Ride Your Bike To Work

If you already own a bike, then it's free transportation and helps the environment to boot. That's because transportation is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases — and accounted for 27% of the total US greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector in 2020.

vegetarian meal


Whether it's for 10 years or one day a week, eating a vegetarian diet is a powerful environmental action that you can take to reduce your personal contribution to global deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. If you need more ideas, check out our tips for a more sustainable.

tree seedlings

5. Plant A TREE!

By planting a tree with One Tree Planted, you can help the environment for as little as one dollar.
You can rest assured that each tree is planted with care by our knowledgeable reforestation partners on the ground and will have a positive environmental impact for many years to come.

So there you have it! We hope we've proven to you that helping the environment doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. In fact, taking intentional action to green up your daily life, get your hands in the dirt, and of course, plant trees, can add up to a significant environmental impact. 

Want to do more? Consider becoming a Tree Ambassador with us or planting a tree today!

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Longleaf Pine Restoration
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Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
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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 Longleaf Pine Restoration. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Protect wildlife habitat and increase biodiversity
  • Restore essential watersheds for soil stability and erosion control
  • Sequester carbon in the biomass of the forests through climate stability
  • Longleaf pine forests are among the most biodiverse in North America and provide habitat for numerous threatened and endangered species. Longleaf pine forests are well-adapted to a warming climate as longleaf pine is a resilient species that is fire-dependent, drought-tolerant, and long-lived. Reforestation of longleaf pine ecosystems- to increase, maintain, and enhance the species- has been identified as a priority area within America's Longleaf Range Wide Conservation Plan. 🌲
  • Our longleaf pine reforestation project will restore habitats, control soil erosion, and sequester carbon in an effort to stabilize the climate in the area. Not only will wildlife benefit from the clean air and water provided by the planted trees, but the surrounding community will, too. This project will work with a variety of landowners whose responsible forest management and stewardship will only further increase the benefits for species residing on the lands. Some of the most notable species that will benefit from habitat restoration include gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and eastern indigo snakes
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about our Longleaf Pine Restoration project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the ground!
  • We always plant a mix of diverse, native species from local nurseries. This project is working to replenish longleaf forests, so the native species grown in the nurseries will mainly be longleaf pine, but also include shortleaf pine and loblolly pine.

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