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Get more bang for your buck - buy smarter and look for a higher quality product that you can use again and again. It’ll make an impact, not just on your bank account but on the environment too, with less waste and more sustainability. Keep reading for 3 easy ways everyone can do just that.
#1 Reusable Plastic
By now we all know (or at least we should) that single-use plastics are terrible for the environment. If you need a refresher, here's some quick stats.
🗑️The total world plastic production in 2016 was 335 million metric tons
1️⃣With half of this being destined for a single-use product.
♻️ And only 9% of all plastic ever made has been recycled
Water bottles, shopping bags, straws, coffee cups. There's plastic everywhere and it's piling up fast.
Something as simple as buying sturdier reusable plastic, metal or wood alternatives to these is a way everyone can make a difference.
Not only do they mean less pollution and energy waste, they’re an opportunity for a style statement. A cute reusable coffee cup next to your laptop can make for a banging insta post, showing you're not only bossing it on the productivity side of things, but you're totally socially conscious and sustainable too.
Why not ditch the plastic cups by the water cooler and encourage everyone to bring their own reusable water bottle to fill while having a goss? Your company will be spending a smidge less, so you’ll be helping yourself in the long run too, not just the turtles.
Fast fashion has been getting called out lately, and it’s fair play. While in times gone by YouTube videos featuring massive fashion hauls got a lot of clicks, sustainable fashion is now gaining more traction. Brands promoting long-wearing and ethical clothing are popping up more and more, which seems to be resonating with anxious millennials.
While it may be tempting to fill up that online shopping basket when shopping for some snazzy new office outfits, maybe reconsider if you really need all those low-price items or if you just short-term want them. In the 30s, when clothes were more expensive, women on average owned 36 items of clothing. In this day in age, it's around 120. Do you really love everything you already own? And do you need to buy more? That closets probably looking full enough already.
In the wise words of Marie Kondo: “Does it spark joy?”
Trends come and go but spending a little more on classics and basics that are of good quality can actually save you money down the line instead of having to endlessly replace the same pair of black leggings. And instead of impulse hauling from dubious origins, you can rest easy knowing whoever made the pieces were paid and treated fairly.
I don’t know about you, but in days gone by I've managed to acquire multiple low-end portable chargers. It was a constant guessing game of which one was full and where the right cable was. Not to mention, they didn't hold much. Not only can you spot a cheap model by its design, you’ll soon be gutted you made the cheap choice when you've only managed to boost your charge by about 40% and there's plenty of the day left ahead.
Instead of having one subpar power bank to rely on, or lugging around multiple, why not buy one high quality model? When your phone still has juice as you scan your electronic boarding pass, you’ll be happy you paid for less stress. We have sleek designs that can fully charge phones, tablets and even laptops. From bouncing around when travelling on business trying to keep up with emails, to coffee shop work seshes in cafes with no convenient plugs, a good power bank is a necessity.
Sometimes we need to ask ourselves: if it’s not worth buying better, is it even worth buying? We could all do with a bit less impulse, and a bit more thinking.
Got any other ideas about buying better? Drop a comment below and share your way of making an impact.
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