Five everyday eco items (which also save money)

Reusable everyday items that can help preserve the environment and your pocket are always a good investment.

Both of these things have never been as important than as they are today. Not neglecting how important the future of our planet is, the banks are now placing more and more weighting on the serviceability of a loan. Notwithstanding that if you have no financial commitments, the bank wants to see a firm longstanding history of financial frugality long before they consider giving you a loan. In short, this means that you have to act as though you have a mortgage long before you have one. The best way to do this, is this implement a few key routines in your day to day life to save a few dollars. Remember, these all add up.


Reusable coffee cups have been around for some time. however, a non-profit online coffee guide called (use your cup) represents the coffee shops involved in reducing their impact on the environment and gives an overview of the discounts available.

The 355 ml Stojo costs $ 29.95. It is made from recyclable food grade materials. The cup can go into the microwave and the dishwasher.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars Instead of throwing away bottles of plastic hair care products every month, you can buy a biodegradable, plastic-free herbal brand with even compostable packaging.

Ethical manufactures beauty bars that can be scrapped in your compost bin, have not been tested on animals and are a certified sustainable business. Each bar lasts two to five times longer than a bottled beauty product because they are highly concentrated.

The shampoo bars cost $ 22.00, the conditioners $ 25.00 and the hair masks $ 19.90, but remember that they last up to five times longer than bottled products.


The daily purchase of takeaway food accumulates a huge amount of plastic waste a week and some restaurants are now encouraging reusable packaging.

Goodlife Juice Company in Auckland, for example, offers customers the option to pack their salad or smoothie into a reusable glass jar at no extra cost, then receive an incentive to bring it back to fillings. Once the customer returns his pot 10 times, he receives a $ 10 discount.

They also sell stainless steel straws and Tupperware salad containers. According to Goodlife, about 30% of their customers report reusable jars, but their goal is to increase this percentage to 50%.

Reusable Water Balloons Reusable water balloons made from crocheted polyester yarn can be thrown three or four times before being filled and holding 50% more water than a rubber ball.

The environmentally friendly Rubbish Whisperer in Christchurch creates eco-friendly products that are fun for kids too. Prices start at $ 8.50 for a single balloon or when you buy in bulk, they are $70 for a pack of 10.

We know that rubber balloons are found in our oceans and harm marine life.

MyCup Blogger Kate Hall swears by the MyCup menstrual cup, which saves her $ 240 a year.

“I continue my life normally during the month and it saves me $ 2,400 over 10 years,” she said.

The price of reusable cups is between $ 35 and $ 45, and the New Zealand company offers a “buy one one gives one one” model. Each cup sold includes a cup donated to their community partners to improve the lives of those who can not buy feminine hygiene products due to financial constraints.

The cups are made of medical grade silicone (LSR liquid silicone rubber) and last up to 10 years or more. They can not be recycled, but they can be crushed and used to create a variety of high-impact surfaces.

MyCup was founded by Kimberli Schuitman in 2017 after a research and development phase since 2016.