Spending money on being green.

Spending money on being green.

Hello? Is anybody still there? I can’t blame you if you’re not. I’ve not written in a while.

My fingers are now itching to type, even though my brain is fuzzy and can’t decide what to say. I guess I’ve thought about money a lot over the last 12 to 18 months. But that’s not new for me. I’ve thought about the environment a hell of a lot more than I used to.

I’ve always been active in recycling and a relatively low consumer (which is a happy consequence of not liking to spend money) of ‘stuff’. Like I keep nudging forwards in improving my financial situation, I also keep nudging forward in my environmental efforts. I definitely want to become more deliberate in this area. No longer just doing the things that save money and have the side effect of helping the environment, I’m trying to use my £££s for good.

I can’t pretend to be perfect in this area, because I most definitely am not. But I’m doing better than I was.

Here are 3 successes…

Nappies

You can get nappies for an absolute bargain. Everyone raves about the quality and price of ALDI nappies. The problem is that nappies sit in landfill for hundreds of years, unable to breakdown.

I couldn’t bring myself to go down the reusable nappy route, but instead we’re using biodegradable nappies. They degrade in 6 years, as does the packaging. They cost 3 or 4 times that of normal nappies, which I admit is painful to think about, but it’s one way of doing the planet a little favour.

Energy

We’ve just upgraded to a green energy package for £8 per month. At just a click of a button, we’ve made a little dent in our home’s carbon emissions. It provides an extra incentive to lower our energy use too (to claw back some of that £8) but alleviates the some of the guilt of not being quite so green as we’d like to be.

Ethical baby clothes

Not all of the baby clothes I’ve bought have been ethical, simply because it would be so expensive to do that. But I do try to make the investment now and then, including organic cotton t shirts and shorts, and a coat that’s outer is made from recycled plastic bottles (and is ‘neutral’ so that it can be used again if we decide on a second child).

I know this article is about spending money, but we’ve been passed on so many baby clothes and still receive things now and then, which is an awesome money saver as well as being good for our planet. 

I have a long way to go and it’s hard to know what the next best moves are. I’m always interested in different ideas and hearing how other people are reducing their environmental footprint, so feel free to join the conversation and I’ll try and come back to you within the next 6 months 😉

No social media images I’m afraid… but think of the electricity I’ve saved by not creating them! (I just found time to write, faffing with the extra niceties isn’t gonna happen at the moment.)

 

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