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!

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. For Treecember, we're planting trees that support a global forest fire recovery fund. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Reforest lands damaged by record-setting fires
  • Support healthy habitat for iconic biodiversity
  • Plant tree species that will help reduce future fire impact
  • This holiday season, we’re planting trees in areas around the world that have been severely affected by forest fires and aren't able to recover a healthy ecosystem on their own. The most common naturally-caused wildfires occur during droughts or dry weather, and under these circumstances, trees and other vegetation are converted to flammable fuel. Human-caused forest fires can be a result of various activities like unregulated slash and burn agriculture, equipment failure or engine sparks, and discarded cigarettes.

    After wildfires, reforestation is essential in areas where the fire intensity burned off available seed supply within the soil, and/or where there are not enough healthy trees still growing and producing new seeds nearby. Reforestation starts once professional assessments have been made to determine where human intervention would be the most ecologically beneficial. Help restore these vital ecosystems by planting a tree. 🌿
  • Every year, forest fires are increasing in size and severity, damaging vital ecosystems and creating a need for millions of trees. Some major consequences of forest fires include significant loss of wildlife, loss of vegetation, soil erosion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With so much fire damage, reforestation is essential to catalyze the environmental recovery process. The trees are carefully planted to prevent invasive species from colonizing burn scars and restore quality habitat for native biodiversity. One Tree Planted is connecting with on-the-ground partners to establish viable reforestation projects when the recently affected regions are ready for planting. This fund will contribute to planting projects in British Columbia, Idaho, Ghana, Portugal, and beyond. Let's get to work! 🌲
  • 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.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners on the ground will determine the most appropriate species of tree and shrubs. We only plant native tree species that will restore the local ecosystem, re-establish wildlife habitat, and reduce the likelihood of future fires.

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