What's good for the planet is often good for your wallet. By minimizing waste, cutting out unnecessary expenses, and opting for cheaper utilities, you can go green…while also saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.
Here are seven of the simplest ways you can save money AND help the planet along the way:
Reduce packaging waste and save money by purchasing certain items in bulk. At Puracy, we're proud to offer refill sizes on many of our products. Our stain remover, liquid and foaming hand soaps, dish soap, and body wash are all available in bulk refill sizes, and we're in the process of adding refills for many more of our products.
Our 64-ounce refill pouches are not only cheaper per ounce for our customers, but they also save more than 90% in plastic, water and energy compared to our 16-ounce bottles.
Where possible, we also offer concentrated versions of products, which saves you money and cuts down on packaging waste. Our multi-surface cleaner, for example, is sold in a 16-oz concentrate, and makes a full gallon when using the recommended 1-oz of concentrate to 7-oz of water.
And finally, we're proud to offer an industry-leading 10X concentrated laundry detergent. Most laundry detergents you'll find in your local grocery store have one thing in common—their main ingredient is water. This is terribly inefficient for the environment because those companies use much larger plastic containers, not to mention the environmental impact of shipping millions of gallons of unnecessary water across the country.
When reducing your eco-footprint in the kitchen, tree-derived paper towels are one of the most obvious places to start. And cutting them out of your grocery list can translate to big savings, too: Assuming you buy a pack or so of $5 paper towels every week, you could save up to $260 a year.
Switching to cloth napkins for a family of four could cost anywhere between $20 and $108—but five years' worth of disposable napkins for a typical family could cost up to $2,635. And that doesn't include paper towels used for spills and other cleaning purposes.
Not sure how to make the transition to a paper-free kitchen? We'll bring you a series of tips in next week's blog post, "6 Inventive Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly."
Across the U.S., 40% of groceries are thrown out every year. If that stat resonates with your own kitchen purchasing and tossing habits, a few small changes can make a big difference.
First, make sure all produce is stored properly—you might find it helpful to reference this storage produce infographic, or even print and hang it in your kitchen. Secondly, keep a whiteboard attached to the fridge and use it to track everything that needs to be consumed before it goes bad.
There's another easy way to cut down on food waste. If possible, go more frequently to the grocery store, rather than making one big, weekly visit. You'll have a better idea of what exactly you need, and it's less likely you'll accidentally waste quick-to-spoil fruits and veggies.
Set a timer on your phone when you get in the shower for five minutes, max. This is especially helpful if you live in a drought-prone area. Putting a limit on your shower time can save precious resources save you up to $100 per year.
If not disposed of properly, toxins from "electronic waste" may enter our precious soil and water supplies. So rather than toss that old phone in the trash, consider returning it to the retailer.
In fact, if you do so, you could be eligible for a discount on another purchase. Apple GiveBack, for example, offers gift cards in exchange for eligible devices; if the device isn't eligible, they'll still recycle it.
Got another electronic item you want to get rid of? "Don't bin it, bring it" is the motto of Recycle Now, which shows where you can recycle items ranging from electric kettles to batteries.
Want to cut down on your electricity bill while helping the environment? Start with laundry. Washing loads in cold water, rather than hot, can save you up to $60 per year. And assuming your laundry appliances are up to date, washing in cold water can be just as effective as using hot water. When combined with line drying over tumble drying, you're looking at an extra savings of $200 per year.
Also, consider using a concentrated laundry detergent that lasts for more loads. Our Puracy natural laundry detergent comes in a small 24-ounce bottle, but it lasts for 96 loads. Your typical non-concentrated laundry detergent, by contrast, comes in a bigger bottle and does just 32 loads.
Since our detergent also comes in a biodegradable formula, and is sold in easy-to-recycle packaging, you'll be lightening your own load on the planet.
Doing everything you can to cut down on environmental costs, but still running up high electricity bills? Consider an energy audit. You can either DIY one or hire a professional energy auditor, but either way, doing so can save up to 30% on your monthly bills. This could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.
At Puracy, we're dedicated to cutting costs and passing along those savings to you. We also strive to formulate each product to do more with less—which means using less packaging, along with the purest natural ingredients available.
We hope the tips above help reduce our collective impact on the environment, so we can leave a healthier, happier planet for our children in the years to come.