Did you ever dream of being a Superhero? A caped and cowled demigod who flew all over the planet saving those in need and bringing the bad guys to justice? We all dream of being able to save the world, or at the very least make a positive change, even as we get older and leave fantasies of gaining superpowers behind. But you don’t need to be sent to Earth from a dying planet or be bitten by a radioactive spider to help save the world. A lot of the time, it’s simply a matter of making more savvy consumer choices, finding effective ways to save money and choosing greener ways to live your life without changing your lifestyle.
With that in mind, here are some surprisingly effective (and cost effective) ways in which you and everyone in your household can help to save the world. You might even save quite a lot of money too.
Get those last minute bargains when you do your food shop
When you go hunting for those yellow “reduced” labels in the supermarket, you know that you’re on track to make great savings on your food bill. At the same time, you also do your part to end the growing problem of food waste. But when you fill your fridge with mostly plants like veggies and fruits, you also make your fridge a whole lot more eco-friendly. Meat and dairy production is one of the world’s greatest contributors to climate change, deforestation, animal habitat loss and species extinction. Making plant based meals from wholefoods can save you a fortune on your weekly shop.
Don’t have the energy to cook after a long day? Download the Too Good To Go app. This allows you to pick up ready made meals from your favourite restaurant that would otherwise be thrown out- at a fraction of the usual price.
Get more self-sufficient
Consumer capitalism is, at best, a double-edged sword. We can reduce the harm it has done not just to the planet but to vulnerable groups and societies all over the world by buying from more ethical and reputable brands. However, we can also do much more to save the planet when we take steps to become more self-sufficient.
There are lots of different ways in which you can do this, and the garden is the best place to start. Try growing your own fruit and veggies or rearing hens for eggs (rescuing them from cruel battery farms can help give them a happier new life). Better yet, try installing an oil tank to reduce your reliance on your energy supplier for heating your water and home. You can find out more at https://www.tanksforeverything.co.uk/heating-oil/plastic-bunded-heating-oil-tanks. Speaking of your energy, make sure that you switch to a 100% renewable provider. In most cases they’ll also be cheaper than what you’re currently paying for.
Reduce, reuse… and recycle as a last resort
It’s not that recycling isn’t a good thing… but it’s way less efficient than we assume it to be. Especially when we send it all the way to China and Hong Kong for processing. A far more efficient system is to reduce the amount we buy, especially when it comes to prepackaged goods (because you’d better believe you’re paying for the packaging). Always try and reduce and reuse before you recycle.
You can have a more sustainable home, find effective ways to save money while keeping your kids happy and healthy and getting to feel like a superhero every day.