Why Being Sustainable is Good for your Wallet

  • Posted by zayla
  • On January 2, 2019
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One of the best ways to cut expenses is to become an environmentalist. I learned this when I was a poor college student and first becoming interested in a movement called ‘zero waste’. Now I’m graduated from college, I’m still not rich (ha!), and I will forever be interested in saving money.

Remember the 5 R’s in this order: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle.

Refuse: Refuse anything that is unnecessary. That tacky keychain that will become dirty and gross at the bottom of my purse? No thank you. The plastic hair clip that will break in 5 minutes? Pass. Don’t accept crap into your life.

Reduce: Use the least amount possible to get the job done. Ask yourself, ‘what is necessary and what is excessive?’

Reuse: Reusable items > single use items. Extend the life-cylce of everything so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Purchasing quality is the key to this point.

Repurpose: When something breaks, we tend to throw it out and buy a new one. Why don’t we fix it instead? Some of my favorite clothes I’ve mended time and time again. And I’m constantly getting compliments on my boots that I resoled this summer.

Recycle: The last of the 5 R’s. Once you’ve refused, reduced, reused, and repurposed, recycle everything else.

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