Eco-Friendly Products Don’t Cost More & Here’s Why
There seems to be a stigma attached to eco-friendly products and the people that buy them.
The upfront cost of environmentally friendly items can be higher than products that aren’t good for the environment. For this reason, people tend to think that only wealthier people can afford to do good and that it is impossible for people with lower income to actually make a difference.
I know it may seem as though your dreams of being zero waste or living a more ethical life are out of reach for financial reasons – but this really isn’t the case.
When you pay the larger upfront fee, you are buying a product that will most likely outlive the less-ethical alternative, improve your quality of life, and actually make you need less. “Not possible”, do I hear you say? Read on…
Eco-Friendly Products Last Longer
When you purchase a product that is designed to be good to the environment, you’ll find they are made from natural materials.
These natural materials aren’t just much more beautiful than plastic or other harmful materials – but they are designed to last.
Many plastic, cheap products on the market aren’t designed to last –they’re designed to do the job. I often find that they’re also often designed to break so that they need to be replaced often.
Companies that make products with sustainable materials are doing so to benefit the planet. Whilst sustainable products often cost a bit more because they are made from hard-wearing materials and are designed to last a long time. This makes these items much more valuable in the long-term.
When you consider the combined cost of the cheaper, plastic, items that break easily you’ll find that the price difference isn’t as large as you once thought. In fact, you may even save money along the way.
Take cloth nappies as an example. The upfront cost can seem too much for some, but when you take into account the lifetime savings – you’d expect they would be more popular! You can save up to £2500 per child by using cloth nappies instead of disposables. Even more, if you reuse them on siblings to come… what’s not to like?
Less is More
There is so much value in this statement. You’ll find that when items are more expensive, they have more value for you. By spending a little more on eco-friendly products that you need you’ll find you won’t just have a more beautiful home – but you’ll buy much less (because you want to!).
For example, buying cheap soft furnishings for your home may fill the space but does it really do it well? If you choose to buy soft furnishings that are ethically-made, that item would definitely be more beautiful and will last so much longer.
Try to think like Marie Kondo. If something doesn’t bring you joy – don’t buy it!
Imagine seeing the gorgeous natural, eco-friendly products around your home, how good would that make you feel?
By buying much less you’ll be reducing the amount of waste you produce and your overall impact on the environment. I have found that by thinking through every purchase I make, I not only contemplate whether the item is completely necessary but I also work out its life span and its impact on the environment.
By shopping secondhand for things that can be bought used (such as clothes, furniture, and more) I haven’t just saved money, I’ve also learnt to value the few things that I do buy new much more.
The Cost To The Environment
The biggest cost involved with buying plastic and cheaply made materials and products is that they are harmful to the environment. The artificial making process of these materials is harmful to the planet and the materials then never break down – leaving plastic in our oceans and in our environment – whether we like it or not.
By choosing sustainable materials you are choosing to buy materials that already exist and that are subject to the natural law of biodegrading or composting.
By choosing the cheaper plastic products you may be benefitting your pocket, but the huge negative impact you are having on the environment significantly outweighs this.
If we all shopped sustainably, there would be no need for plastic manufacturing and there would be more outlook to use recycled materials.
If you need something that is only available as a plastic form – try buying second-hand items or things made from recycled plastic.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know in the comments below…