8 easy ways to reuse and make money!

From using a re-usable coffee cup to replacing old lights with LEDs – there are plenty of simple things you can do to help the environment and your hip-pocket.

Did you know how much some of the products in your daily routine could be doing damage both environmentally and to your own finances? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Aussies are creating around two tonnes of waste each year through the items we buy and use.

And while that’s a shocking figure, there are a lot of simple things in our day-to-day routines that we can change, which not only helps reduce waste — particularly plastic waste — but also can save us all a lot of money!

The Today Show chatted to Valeria Ramierz the simple alternatives you can use in your routines, and 9Saver has compiled a few additional swaps you can consider around the home:

1. BYO coffee cup. One of the simplest swaps you can make to save yourself some cash and help reduce wastage is to get yourself a re-usable coffee cup. More and more cafes are getting on board — 46 million disposable coffee cups and lids are saved from landfill each year through the the cafes who have have signed up to Aussie scheme Responsible Cafes — Most often, customers are rewarded for bringing in their own cups with a discount each time you have your cappuccino!

2. Ditch the plastic. Slash some household bills by reusing, refilling and recycling food storage items. With Aussies throwing away 1.9 million tonnes of packaging each year, plastic is not all that fantastic. And when it comes to storing food and leftovers if you can switch to glass containers which can be re-used from week to week.

3. Shop smarter. While there are already a few states around the country that are charging for plastic bags at the supermarket, it’ll soon be rolled out nationally which means you’ll have to pay around 15 cents per bag you use. This can add up over the year, so by bringing your own re-usable bags to the supermarket you can easily avoid that extra cost.

4. Water on-tap.  About 20,000 plastic bottles are purchased every second around the world… which includes bottled water. The average cost of bottled water here in Australia is $2.75 per litre which can add up very quickly. You can easily cut this cost by forking out $10 – $20 for a reusable drink bottle to fill up with tap water. While it’s more expensive in the short term, you could save yourself $100s over the course of a year!

5. Look at your E-waste. Aussies purchase over 2.4 million computers every year and have an increasing amount of e-waste. Once our tech reaches the end of its life, there are a couple of things you can do that help environment and our wallets. Services like TechCollect have a number of drop-off locations for you to safely recycle your e-waste, or you can use cash buy back services like buyequip or MobileMuster.  

6. Break-up with gladwrap. When it comes to storing food, it’s both cost saving to use re-usable storage options like glass containers and environmentally friendly to use a popular alternative like reusable beeswax wraps.

7. Composting. In 2017, Aussies wasted up to 30% of the food they purchase costing the economy around $20 billion per year. While it’s most important looking at the best ways to utilise food and be less wasteful, you can also be smart about how we dispose of our scraps. Using home compost is a good way to reduce landfill and provide good nutrients to your backyard.  

8. Lastly, hit the switch. It’s no secret that energy bills are a big stress for households these days, so it’s pays to be savvy and get rid of those appliances that could be costing you without realising it. If you’ve got a second fridge, that could be costing you an extra $193 a year or installing a water-efficient showerhead could save around $160 a year on water and energy costs. Even switching to more efficient light globes like LEDs can save up to 80% on electricity usage.


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