Times have changed and new innovations have replaced many tried and true methods for accomplishing a task. For example, one-time-use dusting cloths are said to work better than an old feather duster. People are pressed for time and energy these days and they like the convenience these newer products allegedly provide.
When those folks buy one-and-done products they’re throwing away money every time something disposable goes out with the trash. Some of the best practices of environmentally friendly people can save time and save money, not to mention treat the planet a little kinder in the process.
Waste not, want not
Anyone with a parent or grandparent that was raised in the depression era has likely heard this phrase countless times. It was an adage that essentially meant ‘if you don’t squander your resources you’ll never have to get new ones’.
Back then when resources were at a premium, and incomes were precarious, a conservative mindset was essential for survival. But those ideals got lost somewhere on the way to keeping up with the neighbors in the modern world.
If it ain’t broke…
Don’t toss it! Eco-conscious people know that the best way to save money is not to spend it in the first place.
A buzz started growing that without owning a certain car, house, type of technology, etc. one person wasn’t quite as great as another. One-upping each other took center stage; countless new items were produced and sold to a mass market of people who just had to have the latest and greatest. Many items that still had life in them were tossed in favor of something shiny.
Environmentally friendly people follow the best practice of hanging onto and using items that are still deemed functional even if they’re a little older. They save money by getting the most mileage possible out of every item they buy and they save time by avoiding the activity of frequent shopping.
They don’t build ’em like they used to
There’s a reason why many classic cars are still on the road – the parts were simple, the technology was basic, and, because of that, the owner could take the time to figure out how to fix problems to keep the vehicle running. Cars, now deemed as ‘Classic’, were straightforward machines without the bells and whistles but they served their purpose perfectly.
The same can be said for well-built furniture, the family china, or any other item that stands up to the test of time. Sturdy items with fewer moving parts can be just as attractive and functional when chosen with care. Planet friendly people will spend time in thrift and antique stores shopping for items that fulfill their needs without breaking the bank or causing the production of something new.
Even in today’s fast and furious paced world there are ways to save time and money and environmentally friendly people follow best practices in order to do both. With an eye on longevity and functional use, eco-minded people avoid falling into the trap of investing their money into items that will outlive their value the moment they’re purchased.