Here Are 7 Ways to Be Sustainable — Without Breaking the Bank

When you have everything, it’s really easy to take things for granted. You know, when you can easily afford to buy a new tube of toothpaste, you don’t need to squeeze every last bit of toothpaste out of the tube, and then cut it open to get more of the paste that didn’t squeeze out, just to keep from having to spend money on more toothpaste in that moment.

That might sound like a bit much to some, but the practice is actually resourceful and sustainable: How biodegradable is your toothpaste container? Why waste a few day’s worth of toothpaste just because the tube is designed to encourage waste? Generally, the longer items are used, the less waste is produced.

Too many fibers, like lycra, polyester, and spandex, are plastic and aren’t biodegradable, and those plastic microfibers end up polluting our water systems. And, currently, 87% of the clothing we consume in America ends up in a landfill. Recycling helps.

There are a lot of little things people do like this, when they lack resources, that are actually supportive of a more healthy and sustainable life, while often cultivating community.

Here are just a few…

 

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