Climate data shows we could be up for our hottest year on record[1]. The good news is, it’s possible to go green on a budget – check out these seven financial tips from industry super fund-owned bank ME on how you can reduce your environmental footprint.

  1. Invest in a water bottle
    Invest in a reusable water bottle and fill it from the tap. It can see you save a fortune on bottled water while keeping you hydrated.
  2. Save on your daily brew
    Australians consume more than 50,000 cups of coffee every half hour. Yet most are not recycled[2]. A ‘keep cup’ typically costs between $14 and $30, and as some cafes offer a discount when you BYO keep cup, it pays for itself.
  3. Switch to renewables
    Check out energy providers in your area to know if sustainable sources of power are available – check out the Green Electricity Guide[3].
  4. DIY meals
    Save a bundle by hitting the kitchen and cooking up a storm from fresh ingredients. Save more by growing a few of your own veggies or herbs. You’ll have the benefit of organic greens, cost savings and the minimisation of your eco-footprint.
  5. Takeaways? Bypass the plastic
    Some outlets happily serve cut-price takeaways when you bring our own containers – check out sites like Trashless Takeaways[4] to feast on eco-friendly savings.
  6. Ban plastic shopping bags…altogether
    Consider buying green bags or reusable bags made from sheets or scraps of material.
  7. Save on bin liners
    Skip plastic garbage bin liners and save by wrapping organic rubbish in old newspaper. It composts in no time at all.

This article is brought to you by ME. For more information, please visit www.mebank.com.au

Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 229500.

[1] http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/summary.shtml#extremes

[2] https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Live-sustainably/Single-use-items/Coffee-cups

[3] https://www.greenelectricityguide.org.au/

[4] https://trashlesstakeaway.com.au/

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