We often hear the misconception that making a greener change in our lives is more expensive than not doing it. Obviously, if the person saying it believes that to reduce our ecological footprint we have to change our electrical system for geothermal, solar or wind power, that we have to buy energy-efficient appliances or an electric car... it's clear that the perception will be that it's all expensive, very expensive. And even then, we'd have to assess whether our ecological impact diminishes with the purchase of all these new products.
Our belief and experience clearly show that living a greener life can clearly be more economical.
First of all, when we want to reduce our ecological footprint, we buy less and we buy better, we repair what needs a little love instead of getting rid of it to buy new, we look at renting or buying used items, we lower the household heating by a few degrees...
It's clearly a lot less expensive!
It's true that for some things, there can be an initial investment.
In the vast majority of cases, this investment will "pay for itself" and ultimately lead to savings. This could be the case with reusable objects that replace disposable, one-use items. Take, for example, dish covers to replace disposable cling film. Instead of buying this disposable film on a recurring basis, reusable dish covers require a little more initial investment, but will last for decades and pay for themselves.
So I'll spare you all the details of the savings involved in ditching individual car travel in favor of active or public transportation. We're talking about substantial savings and an equivalent reduction in our ecological footprint. Let's just consider the purchase of the car, the plates, the permits, the maintenance, the gas/electricity, the terminal... compared to a bicycle or a public transit pass?
The same goes for food and animal proteins. Meat is the most expensive food group in the grocery store and probably has the biggest impact on the environment. Swapping a few meals for plant-based proteins is both more economical and more environmentally friendly!
To help you in your ecological transition, in addition to our interactive list of ecological habits that you have when you subscribe to our newsletter, we've discovered a great application: 90 days. This application is free (yes, yes!) and presents you with challenges to take up to ensure your ecological transition in 3 months.
In conclusion, the examples given make it clear that reducing your ecological footprint can pay off! For all those single-use items you need to replace, we've got you covered in our store! For the rest, it all depends on the lifestyle choices you make. It's up to you to choose the next step you want to take, for a healthier planet and environment!