Being green doesn’t have to mean spending big bucks, as this eco-friendly mom demonstrates.
In fact, 30-year-old Eff Coral is actually saving money with her green lifestyle, saving £5,700 a year and helping the environment in the meantime.
In July, Eff sold the car to reduce its carbon footprint, recovering £350 a month in fuel, insurance and maintenance.
It’s been three years since she started her zero-waste journey, and she estimates it’s saving her another £130 each month.
That’s a whopping £5,760 a year. With bills rising and budgets tight, don’t be eavesdropping.
Eff and partner Andres Kristofferson, 30, have reduced plastic waste in every way possible. I buy shampoo bars, make my own cleaning products, and use toothpaste tablets.
Mother of one, Eff is also looking to buy used clothes and reusable diapers for her daughter Olivia.
“I remember seeing a plastic bottle in the shower one day and thinking it was horrible,” said F, who runs a zero-waste business in Uppsala, Sweden.
“Right now, I am committed to a zero-waste lifestyle.
Since selling the car, the family has been commuting by bike, but they haven’t given up on all modern comforts.
“We restock all our food and use toothpaste tablets and shampoo bars,” Eff explained.
“If Olivia or I want to buy something new, we don’t limit ourselves, so it’s a matter of balance. It’s about doing what we can.”
Eph also makes more of his own food to keep waste and costs down.
She said: ‘I try to cook with as little waste as possible. I use reusable coffee filters and tea bags and I no longer buy cleaning products.
“Instead, I use white vinegar and baking soda to clean it.”
Eph says she and her family try to be as waste-free as possible, but don’t like to restrict things too much.
“We don’t want to take it to extremes,” she added.
“If I want to buy something new or Olivia wants something, I get it.
“Overall, I live a minimalist lifestyle. I buy second-hand when I can and reduce waste.”
For those looking to keep costs down, she recommends considering a lean lifestyle.
“It may be expensive to buy alternative housing products in the first place, but they last longer, so they’re cheaper in the end.
“We cut our monthly budget for household items and groceries in half.”
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