So guys, as I had a lot of fun on Living on a budget with zero waste I decided to write a second part about how to save money and saving the world at the same time.
Let’s just dive right into it. I try my best to provide tips that are not found in every “How I saved 10.000 in 2 weeks!!!” article. Maybe these hacks won’t be brand new to you but my intention is to make you think about some changes making your life more sustainable. Basically, all I write about in this post is to use what is already given to you.
Using what mother nature provides you: Making own berry jam
My grandmother makes the best currant jam there will ever be and it never cost her a dime as she just picked wild berries that belonged to no one. As jam does not go bad making your own provides you with a spread for your bread for the whole year if you’d spend one day making it. Furthermore, it does not harm the environment as the berries do not need to travel the world for arriving at our kitchen.
Just one safety advice: My mother always warned me not to pick berries which grow underneath the height of my knee as wild animals have easy access to it and the berries could be infected with rabies. This maybe sounds hypochondriac but I am rather safe than sorry.
Using what mother nature provides you: Making your own laundry detergent
This is one of the craziest things I have ever done. Neither have I ever heard of someone who does this. But as the internet is a crazy place and as I started to collect information about living zero waste I stumbled across a recipe on how to make your own laundry detergent out of chestnuts.
And as it is all free and natural I couldn’t wait for September and chestnuts to come and yesterday was the day! I stumbled over chestnuts and collected as much as I could find and made my own detergent. Yes and well. It worked! It is a shitload of work as I first peeled them. This is not necessary if you just want to wash black or colourful clothes but I decided to have one detergent for all. After peeling and shredding them I dried them in the oven and it is ready! Without any harmful chemicals or plastics.
The use is also very easy. You simply put a small bag filled with your detergent into your washing machine.
Using what is already there: buying clothes second hand
It isn’t that known but fast fashion is one of climate’s biggest killers! Clothes are produced each and every day and we buy them each and every day although our closet is already stuffed! (You can read more about it here.)
But there’ll be no change unless we make one! By buying clothes second hand you don’t support the effects of fast fashion.
And even when you are not interested in buying second hand you are still able to save your money and invest in clothes which last you longer.
I love Levi’s jeans as I can wear them for two years straight before it gets this hole between my tights. Now I am wearing it when I visit my horse when the visit doesn’t require proper equipment. And when this doesn’t work anymore I will cut it in order to have some new shorts.
Getting rid of what is already there:
Minimalism is a great way to save you money. For me, it mostly made a change as I can now see clearly what I actually need and what I just want to have. A lot of things lay in my cupboards and will stay there forever as I am not using/wearing them.
Therefore I am trying to sell them one by one. There are companies who buy your stuff and I am sure there are ones in your country too. Bonus point: you’ll get some money on your hand which you can spend on your next journey!
I dearly believe that we as consumers have the strongest voice to make a change. All we have to do is to change our habits first.