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Sustainability on a Shoestring

There is often a misconception that switching to an 'eco-friendly' lifestyle is too expensive. We're here to help squash that.  Read on to find out how you can make tons of sustainable switches that won't cost you a fortune. 

Firstly: start small. There is nothing more overwhelming than trying to adopt 16 new habits at the same time. Sounds like a big hill to climb, right? 

Start by adopting ONE affordable switch. For example, maybe you swap out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush or start using bar soap instead of soap in a plastic container. 

Secondly: look for ways to repurpose things you already have in your home. Give that plastic toothbrush a new life as a grout scrubber or shoe cleaner! All finished a plastic jar of peanut butter? Wrap it with some twine and fill it with rocks and soil for an adorable planter idea. (Makes a great craft for kids too!) 

Another great way to live more sustainably starts in your kitchen, and more specifically, your fridge! Food waste is a huge problem worldwide and it is estimated that 20% of Canada's methane emissions come from landfills.

Start by saving what you have! Freeze food scraps like onion and garlic skins, carrot tops and celery ends to make homemade veggie broth. Another creative solution? Repurposing your food! Coffee grinds make for a great body scrub or plant food and egg shells are incredible fertilizers! 

Lastly: look for products that can be used for more than one purpose. Our favourite? Castile soap! This concentrated soap is made from olive oil and originated in Castile, Spain. Its uses are ENDLESS! Check out our blog post on 7 uses for castile soap in your home. 


Making the transition to living more sustainably shouldn't bring more stress to your life. Every small step is one in the right direction! Challenging yourself to one sustainable swap each month makes it a whole lot easier to gradually make a difference. As you move through these changes, you will realize which swaps have the biggest impact for you! 

Which swaps have you started making? Which do you want to learn more about? Let us know in the comments section below!



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