ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Be Frugal and Environmental Friendly

Updated on December 21, 2017
Robie Benve profile image

Robie is a big fan of healthy lifestyles with a positive attitude. She also loves gardening, a passion passed on by her grandparents.

Is Being Frugal a Good Thing?

Being frugal is a philosophy of life.

The frugal person, tries to get the most out of each dollar spent, and it can be really fulfilling if you see frugality as a positive thing, nothing to do with having money problems.

The quantity of trash produced is directly related to how much we consume.
The quantity of trash produced is directly related to how much we consume.

Reduce Consumption: Buy Only What Is Necessary

1. Buy Only What Is Necessary

Every time we purchase something, sooner or later it will produce trash. Trash is a big cost for the environment, from collection, to processing, to pollution. The quantity of trash produced is directly related to how much we consume.

A straight forward way to reduce consumption, and therefore trash, is to think before you buy any product: “Do I really need to buy/use this?”, "Is there any cheaper/less polluting option?"

Choose Lower Waste Options

2. Choose Low-Trash Options

It may be a while before the items we buy get to be trash, but their packaging is destined straight to the dumpster. Consider the more eco-friendly options when you are buying, from reusable bags, to plastic-free tomatoes; from second-hand buying, to converting to reusable/refillable models.

- Instead of bottle water, choose tap water (many bottle waters are from tap anyway); if you don’t like the taste, use a water filter.

- Replace paper towels with cloth towels or cut up old t-shirt. Wash and reuse.

- Don’t waste food. Plan your meals using all perishable food, eat the leftovers the next day or freeze them. Prevent wasting bread by putting few slices at a time into freezer bags and store them in the freezer. Keep the first half of the loaf fresh. When you get down to the last few slices, start “unfreezing” the frozen bread. You can also save money (and use less plastic) by easily reusing the bags each time.

- Make your own compost from kitchen scraps and biological waste.

What kind of planet are we leaving to the next generations?
What kind of planet are we leaving to the next generations?

Use Natural Resources Wisely

3. Save Energy

As the Native Americans used to say: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Conserving, you save resources for future generations and decrease your ecological footprint, while saving some money.

- Save energy. Shut the door, turn off the light, and adjust the thermostat.

- Save gasoline. Plan errands so you have to drive less, carpool.
Next time you buy a car, go for a hybrid model.

- Save water. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and while you soap up in the shower.
Switch to a water saving toilet flushing system.

Parent Tip: If your kids love to take baths, put a piece of electrical tape on the inside of the bathtub to let them know when they should turn the water off.

Reusing and Recycling even the simplest items can make a big difference.
Reusing and Recycling even the simplest items can make a big difference.

Reuse and Re-Purpose

4. Think Twice Before Throwing Away

Make products' life longer by creatively find alternative uses for them. This include serving the same function, like the glass milk bottles, or or finding creative ones, like sewing a pair of old blue jeans into a beach bag.

- Reuse what you have, buy used, repair broken items, and try to wear things out.

- Re-utilize wrapping supplies: gift bags, bows, ribbons and sheets of wrapping paper.

- Find new uses for old holiday cards. Utilize card fronts as gift tags, materials for the kids’ art bin, and to add some pizzazz to plain gift bags.

- Re-purpose toothbrushes: use them for cleaning tough to reach places such as tile grouts and sink drains. The handle is good for creating a hole for seeds in the garden.
Use both sides of each piece of paper.

- Donate what you don't use to charity.

- Re-Purpose trash. Collect those plastic rings that hold six packs together, tie them together with fishing line and make a sturdy, lightweight hammock.
Use those plastic mesh bags that your onions (or oranges) come in to store toys in the bathtub.

Smart Energy Usage
Smart Energy Usage | Source


5. Reduce the Need of Materials

Recycling turns a product at the end of its useful life into valuable resources by breaking it down to the essential components and then using all or part of it to make another product.

Waste prevention and recycling reduce greenhouse gases associated with disposal of solid waste by reducing methane emissions, saving energy, and increasing forest carbon sequestration.

- Know the rules. Each city has different rules on what can be collected for recycling and what the can't process. Make sure you know what's acceptable before you put it in the blue bin for curb side pick up.

- Recycle your water. If you have the possibility, consider creating a system to recycle the rainwater to water for your lawn.
Use the leftover bathwater to water your garden.

- Buy recycled. Supporting recycled products you eliminate the need to extract more virgin materials.

The disposal of solid waste produces greenhouse gas emissions.
The disposal of solid waste produces greenhouse gas emissions.

Trash Talk - Facts About Waste

Most of the trash we produce gets burned or buried in landfills. The disposal of solid waste produces greenhouse gas emissions in a number of ways.

  • In landfills - the anaerobic decomposition of waste produces methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

  • From incinerators - incineration of waste produces carbon dioxide as a by-product.

  • On the road - the transportation of waste to disposal sites produces greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of the fuel used in the equipment.

  • Replacements - the disposal of materials indicates that they are being replaced by new products; this production often requires the use of fossil fuels to obtain raw materials and manufacture the items.

© 2012 Robie Benve


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)