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5 Ways to Help the Environment for Under $5

by Meaghan Weeden September 15, 2022 2 min read

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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 

1. Roll Up Your Sleeves

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!

2. Compost Food Scraps

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!

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.

4. Go Vegetarian

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 diet.

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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Meaghan Weeden
Meaghan Weeden

Meaghan works to share our story far and wide, manages our blog calendar, coordinates with the team on projects + campaigns, and ensures our brand voice is reflected across channels. With a background in communications and an education in environmental conservation, she is passionate about leveraging her creativity to help the environment!