Sadly, a lot of “green” products are becoming luxury items. Most companies feel that if being environmentally friendly is really that important to you, you’ll be willing to pay more. We disagree with the philosophy of adding a premium cost for anyone who tries to do the right thing. We also know that you don’t have to buy something to help out.
Helping to save the environment should be budget-friendly so more people can contribute to the cause. That’s why we’ve outlined this guide on easy, inexpensive ways to be green. You won’t be paying more, and in fact, you could end up spending less. If you play your cards right, you might even make a profit!
Ways To Save The Environment
- 50 Ways To Help: This is a wonderfully and simply illustrated guide of 50 tips you can help the environment. Almost all of them are budget-neutral.
- 57 Ways To Protect The Environment: If you’re looking to protect your home environment, including your lawn and garden, check out these detailed, explanatory articles.
- Have something to recycle?: If you’re unsure of how and where to recycle items like batteries, electronics and CFL light bulbs, read this. It’s an excellent guide for all kinds of recyclable materials.
- Glass Recycle Facts: Did you know that glass can be recycled endlessly? Learn interesting facts and figures about glass from the Glass Packaging Institute.
- Help Stop JunkMail: Find out just how much of an impact junk mail has on the environment, and learn how you can help stop junk mail for free.
- Buy Trees and Learn About Trees: Did you know an apple tree sapling only costs $17.00? The oxygen it produces will help the environment and its roots can help prevent soil erosion. Win-win!
- Californians Against Waste: Learn more from this environment-championing advocacy group and sign up for their newsletter for free tips on how to be green.
- LED Light Bulbs: Comparison Charts: Your initial investment in LED light bulbs may be more than an incandescent, but you’ll save hundreds of dollars for each bulb in the long run.
- Choose Vegetarian: This website gives you more information on becoming vegetarian. Be sure to check out their “Eating on a Budget” section for money-saving ideas.
- Calculate Water Use: Input your information to find out how many gallons of water you use each year. Then read on to learn more ways to save both water and money.
- 100+ Ways To Conserve Water: Here are over 100 tips on how to save water. Not only can you help reduce your impact on the environment, but you’ll be reducing you water bill as well!
- 10 Reasons to Ditch Disposable Plastic Water Bottles: By using reusable water bottles and your own tap water you can save thousands of plastic bottles from ending up in landfills and cut your weekly grocery expense.
15 Environmental Agencies
- National Audubon Society: A great (free!) educational website focused on the preservation of natural ecosystems, especially birds and other wildlife.
- World Wildlife Fund: The WWF works hard to raise money for environmental and wildlife causes. Even a $5 donation can go a long way.
- EarthFirst!: Consider starting a chapter of the on-site protest group EarthFirst in your community.
- Greenpeace: Greenpeace is one of the most well-known environmental groups out there. You can volunteer your time and talents to help them spread the word.
- National Wildlife Federation: The NWF is a great resource for information on how to volunteer in your community. They also have the popular children’s magazines Ranger Rick and Rick Jr for only $20/year.
- 1% For The Planet: If you or someone you know owns a business, this resource provides information on how to contribute as a business or non-profit organization.
- The Nature Conservancy: You can help this environmental organization just by using your social media accounts and the charity search engine GoodSearch.com
Friends of Earth (FOE): Friends of Earth has an online store with organic cotton totes and t-shirts. If you’re in the market for a new bag, you could also help raise funds for their cause.
- American Bird Conservancy: The ABC has an alert system to notify you of the latest free ways to help and keeps you informed about the current challenges in the environment.
- Conservation Fund: Help your local community develop a relationship with the Conservation Fund. They can help advise your government, community and local businesses on how best to save the environment.
- Conservation International: The “Do Your Part” section of this organization has more great tips. It also has an online store to help you advertise and contribute.
- Earthjustice: Dubbing themselves the “Earth’s lawyer,” this group is the best resource for up-to-date press releases, legal actions, and recent case information for educational purposes.
- Environmental Defense Fund: The “Take Action” section of this group’s website gives you specific information on who to contact to voice your opposition to various projects that might harm the environment. All you need is a phone or computer!
- Protecting the World’s Oceans: Yet another “Take Action” section that gives you great tips, all of which are free or cost-saving.
- Rainforest Alliance: Last but not least, check this one for a list of certified products hand-selected by Rainforest Alliance to help you make smarter everyday shopping decisions.
Here Are Some More Tips On How You Can Help
Don’t let being on a budget stop you from having the green lifestyle you want. When more people realize how easy and inexpensive (even money-saving) being environmentally-conscious is, the small contributions can really add up.
Here’s a few free, nearly-free and even cost-saving ways you can help.
Reduce Your Usage: This one is pretty common sense, but you’d be amazed how much money you can save. Turn off lights, taker shorter showers, recycle as much as you can (some materials can earn you a bit of cash!) and organize your errands to be fuel efficient. With other simple changes, you can save up to hundreds of dollars per month.
Get Out There and Do It Yourself!: You don’t need an organization’s backing or a huge group of people. Just you and maybe one other friend can make a huge difference by picking up litter. Your only cost will be a couple of trash bags and some sanitary gloves, but everyone who gets to enjoy the clean environment will be silently thanking you.
Use GoodSearch.com As Your Search Engine: This website lets you pick any participating charity you want, and GoodSearch will donate to that organization every time you search for something. You’re already searching the Internet anyway, so this is a very easy (and free) way to contribute.
Raise Awareness and Education: You can help raise awareness to save the environment in general or for your favorite non-profit. You can either mention the idea to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers, or sport a stylish tee or tote bag to give strangers the message everywhere you go. Once you start raising general awareness, be prepared to give detailed information when people stop and ask you questions. Use the many free educational sources listed above to be knowledgeable and effective in getting the word out.