18 easy ways to go green and save cash

Being more sustainable doesn't mean you have to ditch your day-to-day routine, but making small changes can make a huge difference. You'll also find it helps your bank account too, which is a win-win!

Read on to find out different ways you can go green and save money!

Shopping habits

We're all guilty of buying more food than we need or ordering too many parcels a month. Our shopping habits affect the planet and with some easy changes, you can make a difference. 


  • Shop locally or with independent, responsible brands. Look out for environmental certification and awards, and read into how the brand you're shopping with sources their products.


  • Combine your online purchases to reduce postage and packaging. Approach it like you would a food shop; create a list of what you need and, if you can, buy it all in a single transaction. 


  • Buy from local markets to get the exact quantity of food you need and avoid food wastage. It'll also help to reduce the amount of packaging you use. 



  • Swap plastic bags for reusable shopping bags – this will save you money long-term and protect the planet from plastic pollution. 


  • Are you a coffee shop fan? Buy a reusable coffee cup to help cut down on excess packaging. Plus, some cafes will even give you a discount if you provide your own cup!  


  • Buying in bulk once a month is a great way to cut down on packing, and though it may seem like a bigger upfront cost, the unit price is lower. This is a good idea if you need to stock up on tinned food, sauces, cleaning products, pasta, tea, coffee etc. 


With water and energy bills increasing, there's never been a better time to make changes in your home to benefit your wallet and the planet!


  • Avoid using the tumble dryer when you can and as an alternative, hang your clothes outside to dry instead 


  • Use the eco cycle option on your electronics, which is so much better for the environment 


  • Switch to LED lightbulbs, as they are more energy-efficient than halogen bulbs. According to The Energy Saving Trust, if everyone in the UK switched 100% to LED bulbs, around 1.7 million tons of carbon could be saved each year. 


  • Use a timer or thermostat on your boiler to help cut the cost of your energy bills and carbon dioxide 


  • Replace cling film with reusable tupperware 


  • Switch to eco balls instead of using laundry detergent. They contain natural materials and clean effectively, which means you can get a lot more washes done for a smaller price each year. 


  • Did you know switching off appliances still uses electricity? Make sure to unplug your electronics if you're looking to save money and help the planet.


  • Recycle print cartridges or buy refilled recycled print cartridges. You can get paid for disposing of your empty cartridges or buy refilled and recycled cartridges for less. 


  • Is your tech drawer full of old devices you've not used in years? Don't throw your old devices into landfill, recycle tech or trade in your phone with musicMagpie. Not only will you make some extra cash, but you'll help reduce e-waste too. 


  • If your bookshelf or CD collection is looking a little overcrowded, don't worry! Give your old entertainment a second life by recycling DVDs, CDs, Games and Books with musicMagpie – it's that easy!


  • Scale up your recycling habits at home. Make sure you're putting the correct items in your recycling bins and if you're not sure, have a quick search to see which items are and aren't recyclable.

Applying just a few of these tips to your routine can make a huge difference long term….it's smart for you, smart for the planet!

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