Money Bite-Size Read:
- Every one of us is a consumer, making choices with how we spend money.
- While 65% of us want to buy sustainable products, only 26% actually buy them.
- By choosing to buy reusable products such as coffee cups and straws, we contribute through spending choices towards sustainability.
The Money Bites Take:
If you drink coffee or water on the go, you should invest in reusable products to save money and make a sustainable choice that adds up to help save the planet.
We live in a world that is choking on pollution.
Industrialisation has enabled us to have more products at cheaper prices. But it has come at an environmental cost. Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death, and we need to do more as consumers to take ownership of our spending choices. However, few of us follow through on this.
65% of us think sustainable products are important, but only 26% of us buy them.
We may say that we want more brands that advocate sustainability, but if only 26% of the 65% who say its important follow through and make that spending choice, it’s difficult to create change. Sustainability products are growing fast because consumer awareness drives change.
Reusable products are a practical way to reduce waste.
Reusable products are also a great way of living your values because you create less waste. By not buying a product once, using it and throwing it away, you are saving products from landfill or from an energy-intensive recycling process. And it can be as simple as swapping out a few products you use every day for reusable versions of those same products.
Reusable products are also a great way of living your values because you create less waste and contribute to sustainability. We know that if you want to change the world, you must first master your money. By choosing not to buy single-use products, you are saving products from landfill or from an energy-intensive recycling process. And it can be as simple as swapping out a few products you use every day for reusable versions of those same products.
Here’s 5 reusable products you need in your life right now:
1. Sip your coffee in a reusable coffee cup
Reusable coffee cups can be used to take your coffee with you to work each morning. You can also ask coffee shops to make your coffee with the cup you bring rather than a plastic cup. Many coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your reusable coffee cup with you to incentivise this behaviour change. Saving money and the planet is a win-win.
2. Drink more H2O with a reusable water bottle
While coffee is a necessity for many of us in the morning, water is non-negotiable. Rather than reaching for a plastic water bottle, instead use a reusable version. The stainless-steel versions often cup in many different stylish colours and can be a great way to ensure you drink enough water during the day.
3. If you need a straw, make it a reusable straw
Thanks to environmental campaigns, we know more about single-use plastic straws and the damage they cause to the environment. Straws represent 7.5% of all plastic waste and increasingly, more companies and governments are banning plastic straws. However, many people with disabilities still require straws as an accessibility tool. Reusable straws can be a great alternative, with collapsible, reusable straws enabling you to take a straw with you on the go.
4. Reduce food wastage with reusable food containers
Food wastage is an increasing problem when we discuss food security, and private households can make a huge difference in this. Reusable food containers enable you to save the food you make and save it for later. This could also save you money at work if you choose to bring a packed lunch with you rather than buying your lunch each day.
5. If you menstruate, try reusable period products
Many of us build period pads and tampons into our essential spending budget. The single-use period pads and tampons many of us rely on each month do, however, contribute to waste. There are many more reusable options entering the market, including menstrual cups and period underwear, providing more ways for us to switch to a reusable product.
Reusable products are a way to align our money and values.
If you care about the state of the world and sustainability, this should be reflected in your spending choices. Choose to support sustainable products by trying some of these 5 reusable products and make the switch today.