If you've been looking for ways to start greening up your lifestyle, there are changes you can make immediately that will allow you to afford living in a way that promotes sustainability. Take a look at your current habits and pick out the ones that are particularly wasteful. Cut back your spending in those areas first — the money you save can be used to support habits that are healthier for you and for the Earth. Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Using Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, makes becoming a green citizen seem easy and gave her two cents in an interview with US News.
I encourage people to look at their entire household budget and find where you are wasting money. For example, people complain about the high price of organic apples but then spend $10 to $15 on bottled water. Or they'll say they can't afford paper towels made out of recycled fibers, and yet they're still spending $10 to 15 a week on throwaway paper products, when in fact they could buy a sponge that's going to last three or four months. So there's actually a lot more leeway in everyone's budget than we realize. In the long term, if you can't find an extra $10 a week for products that are really going to protect you and the environment, then you need to step back and think about how you're spending your money overall, because there is a lot of cushion in most of our budgets.
Which green habits would you like to try and adopt, if any?