Be Green to Save Green
- Not only are these better for the environment than their plastic counterparts because they can be used hundreds of times and stay out of landfills, many stores (including Target, Whole Foods, CVS and Kroger) will give you a 3-10¢ discount per bag at checkout! Reusable bags are also stronger and hold more groceries per bag than the plastic ones.
- eCoupons: Upload these coupons electronically to your store loyalty card, and they will apply automatically at checkout when you swipe your card.
- Mobile Coupons: Sign up for mobile coupons to be texted to your smartphone at Target. The cashier will scan the barcode image on your phone at checkout.
- Fabric softener coats your clothing in a thin layer of chemicals to give it the feel of being smoother. Fabric softener actually cuts down on absorb-ability on items like towels, keeping them from doing their job.
- Alternatives to fabric softener include adding 1/2 cup baking soda to the water before adding your clothes in the washer.
- The main culprits to laundry static are synthetic materials, so natural, environmentally-friendly bamboo, cotton, hemp, and linen are great alternatives.
- Disposable Production
- Producing disposable diapers uses up many resources like plastic, paper, and oil. Because these are one-time use and not recycled, 100% of the product is thrown away into landfills.
- Sodium polyacrylate, the chemical used to make the super-absorbency of disposable diapers, has been linked to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and can cause allergic reactions
- The estimated time for diapers to degrade in landfills is over 500 years (!) during which time, the chemicals in the diapers and the waste seep into the ground and water supply, causing health risks to animals and humans.
- The estimated cost to diaper a child in disposables is $1,500! Using cloth diapers has a higher up-front investment, but over the life of a baby & toddler, parents can save more than 80%.
- Not your Grandma's Cloth Diaper!
- Cloth diapers are making a fashion and environmental statement. No pins required– modern techniques use Velcro or simple snaps. Covers come in a multitude of cute patterns and styles and insert material is available in organic hemp, cotton, and wool.
- Bonus: toddlers who wear cloth diapers get potty trained on average 6 months earlier than ones who wear disposables, and they tend to have fewer diaper rashes! Cloth diapers can also be used for subsequent children.
Switch to CFL Light bulbs
- CFL light bulbs use 50 – 80% less energy than incandescent light, last longer, and help lower your utility bill!
- Periodically, there are coupons for CFL light bulbs. Stack these with sales to get a bargain on light bulbs.
All tobacco smoke contains chemicals that are harmful to smokers, nonsmokers, and the environment.
- Money & Health
- Quiting will help you save hundreds that otherwise would have been spent on tobacco, increased insurance premiums, and potential medical expenses related to tobacco's adverse effects.
- There are coupons for smoking cessation products in newspaper inserts and free help at sites like http://www.smokefree.gov/. Quit today and save!
The Clean Air Council estimates that the average American office worker uses & tosses 500 disposable cups each year! Reusing your own bottle and mug can save you and the Earth many times over.
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Invest in a reusable water bottle. Customize how you drink with hundreds of styles and makes to choose from.
- Opt for stainless steel because it doesn’t require an inner coating like aluminum. Many coatings have BPA, which can break down and be harmful when consumed.
- You can put in ice cubes for colder water (when was the last time you tried smashing a full ice cube into your disposable plastic bottle?) and you save money.
- Switching to a reusable container for your morning coffee limits the disposable cup waste and can help trim your budget.
- Stores like Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels sometimes offer discounts when you BYOM.