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Saving the planet on a budget: The more affordable way to be sustainable

We can all do our part to look after the environment.
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It’s no secret that something needs to be done about climate change yesterday. And considering humans are the ones that have created this mess, we’re the ones that need to get out of it.

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have confirmed that “increases in greenhouse gases due to human activity have been the dominant cause of observed global warming since the mid-20th century”.

On a national level, Australia has experienced increases in average temperatures over the past 60 years, including “more frequent hot weather, fewer cold days, shifting rainfall patterns and rising sea levels,” as per CSIRO.

Without both individual and systemic changes being implemented, these climate changes will continue to occur. Of course, it’s easier said than done – particularly when factoring in the significant costs of being environmentally conscious.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some cheap(er) – because let’s be real, being sustainably minded is going to cost a bit more money than usual – options for you to consider incorporating into your everyday life to help save the planet.

Want to be more sustainably conscious? Here’s how. (Credit: Getty)


Meat and dairy lovers, this one is going to sting. But it’s widely known that plant-based foods result in fewer greenhouse gas emissions while also requiring less water, land, and energy.

So, if you’re up to it, ditch the meat and dairy for more veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and more. We’re not saying you have to go cold turkey, even one or two plant-based nights would help.

Here are some cheaper plant-based options to help you get started…

Flora and Fauna | Plantasy Foods original protein patty mix for $8.95

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Flora and Fauna | Amazonia Tender Jack Curry (300g) for $8.95

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Surprise, surprise… cars and planes aren’t the best thing for the planet. They burn large amounts of fossil fuels which produce A LOT of greenhouse gas emissions.

If you can, opting to travel on-foot or by bicycle will massively help reduce the amount of fuel in the atmosphere.

Here are some cheaper ways to help you get started with walking and cycling…

Rebel Sport | Nike Todos Womens Casual Shoes for $60

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Big W’ | Repco Blake 26 Mens Mountain Bike 66cm for $119

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When food rots in landfill, it produces a powerful greenhouse gas called methane… which we really want to avoid.

You can help to reduce this by ensuring you are only buying and cooking food you know you will eat, and composting the rest.

Never composted before? Here are some cheaper products to help you get started…

Booktopia | No-Waste Composting by Michelle Balz for $24.25

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Biome | Bokashi Bench Bin for $24.95

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Shopaholics look away. All those clothes, beauty products, and electronics you buy are a big pain to the environment. They’re causing carbon emissions from the moment they are manufactured and then transported to you.

To be more sustainable, you can (don’t shoot the messenger) limit what you buy. Or, if your shopping addiction is too strong, opt for recycled products, sustainably made items, and items that are just made to last in general.

Check out some of our top (and cheaper) sustainable picks below…

The Iconic’s Considered Edit | Forecast Thalia Linen Blouse on sale for $29

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Hard To Find | Mango Sustainable Shampoo Bar for $28

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This is the cheapest option of them all – in that it’s free – contact your local politicians to drive national change.

When combined, individual changes can have a significant impact, but to combat years of destruction and prevent further damage, we can’t deny that governments need to place their focus on growing environment concerns.

Not sure what environmental concerns most affect you? To inform individuals about climate vulnerabilities pertinent to their local government area, the Climate Council have launched the climate risk map of Australia.

Simply enter your suburb or postcode to understand the risks of your area, and then you can email the map to your federal candidates to help drive policy changes.

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