Eco-friendly tips that will help you to reduce waste and save you some money.

There are many ways to take action on protecting and preserving our natural environment. Here are 10 eco-friendly tips that will help to reduce waste and save you some money:

Tips #1. Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.

Tips #2. File your taxes electronically to cut back on paper usage. Look into having your tax forms emailed to you instead of mailed as well.

Tips #3. Bring your own sustainable drinking mug: By doing this you’ll not only avoid the waste that comes with a disposable cup, but most coffee chains give you a discount for bringing your own mug.

Tips #4. Switch to bars of soap: this simple change from liquid to bars will reduce the plastic you’re bringing into the house.

Tips #5. Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).

Tips #6. Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminium, stainless steel and recycle plastic rather than single-use or disposable water bottles, with you when traveling or at work.

Tips #7. Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.

Tips #8. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine – wash clothes goes to heating the water.

Tips #9. Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.

Tips #10. Skip the bottled water. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.