Working in an environmentally conscious store like Biome is like my version of heaven. Constantly surrounded by all the latest and greatest products that can help you live a sustainable life, it’s amazing! But, all these products come at a price, and more often than not, one that is far too expensive for me and a lot of people. So, if you’re one of those people who want to live more sustainably, but their wallet screams “NO!! DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WE’RE PLANNING!!” every time they see the latest ecofriendly product, boy do I have a list for you. I’ve come up with some low cost, or even free (if you already have the things lying around the house, which I think most will) alternatives to the most popular ecofriendly products on the market.
Empty Jar = Keep Cup
I posted this photo on my Instagram the other day, and people went crazy for it! To be honest, I only posted this photo because I hadn’t posted anything in a while, but I’m really glad I did! Most cafes sell ice coffees in one standard, large size, and my Keep Cup is a small size. So, I decided to grab one of the hundreds of jars we have in our cupboard at home and take it to the café. This can work for hot coffee too, and you can be extra thrifty and use a woolly sock as a sleeve, so you don’t burn your hand. If you’re using it for hot coffee, make sure the jar isn’t cold when they pour the coffee in, otherwise it might shatter!
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Who needs a keep cup when you have an old pasta sauce jar 😂😂 Jars never get thrown out in my house, instead they get repurposed and reused all the time! We use them at parties instead of plastic cups, store makeup brushes in them, but most importantly, refill them with peanut butter at the bulk food store! 💁🏼♀️🥜
Old T-Shirt = Reusable Shopping Bag
Most of us have an old t-shirt lying in the back of our cupboard somewhere, maybe under a bunch of other t-shirts that actually get worn… or is that just me? Anyway, if you can’t justify spending $20 on a reusable bag, then rifle through your cupboard and find that old t-shirt and get creative! You can make a tote bag from any t-shirt, then save the scraps for cleaning. I’ll be uploading a how-to post for this bag soon, but if you need it right now, there are plenty already online.
Tea Towel = Swag
This recently came to my attention by a follower who left a comment on this post below, saying they keep their veggies in a damp tea towel so they stay fresh, which is pretty much a less fancy version of The Swag. So, if you don’t want to spend $21 on a Swag, then find a clean tea towel, and it will essentially do the same job!
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Ever since I stopped buying pre packaged veggies, I’ve found it sooo hard to keep them for longer than a few days before they go soft 🙇🏼♀️🙇🏼♀️ Then I came across this little product, @theswag.original which keeps my veggies fresh for ages! It’s a triple layered cloth bag that you wet, ring out, then store your veggies in! Super easy to use, and low maintenance, with washing only needed every few weeks 🙌🏻 And it thoroughly reduces my food waste, which is something I’ve been trying really hard to work on! 🌏
Plates and Bowls= Beeswax Wrap
It’s not quite the same thing, but it does the trick! There’s not really much to say about this one, because I hope everyone reading this has spare bowls and plates, and understands how they work. But, just in case; take the plate and put it over the bowl to cover the food. This also works the other way around! Incredible!
Two Buckets = Bokashi Compost Bin
This one takes a bit more of a DIY attitude than the others and involves a power drill, but from what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem too hard. It will definitely save you some money, with Bokashi bin’s retailing at around $80-$90. I’ve posted the link below for those that want to give it a go, and if you do, let me know how it works!
That’s it! 5 easy ways to save yourself some money with these thrifty replacements for common sustainable products! Let me know if this is something you’d like to read more of through the contact section, Instagram, or Facebook!