As the Cost of Living crisis takes hold in the UK, charity CLEAR Community finds that ‘going green’ could save people money, as well as cutting down on plastic waste.

CLEAR Community found that changing some of our shopping habits to more environmentally-friendly ways could save households nearly £500 a year.

As well as saving money, if every UK household made these changes it would save an unbelievable 278million kgs of plastic waste*. Much of this waste is classed as soft plastic (e.g. rice/pasta bags) which can’t be easily recycled causing huge environmental issues felt around the world, including Indonesia where the charity carries out their work.

Top 6 shopping tips that could cut shopping bills as well as reducing waste:

  1. Refilling household essentials like herbs, rice and flour at your local zero waste store could save you over £100** a year
  2. Buying loose fruit and vegetables from a fruit and veg shop/stall instead of the supermarket could also save you over £80** a year
  3. Stopping buying water in plastic bottles and just refilling a reusable bottle with tap water could save you £50** a year
  4. Cutting back on your weekly takeaway coffee and making it home to carry in a reusable coffee cup could save around £128** per year
  5. When you can afford it, and if you don’t have a zero waste store nearby, bulk buying items at a supermarket can work out cheaper saving you nearly £50** per year
  6. If you switch to refilling items like bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar, these can be used as great, natural cleaning alternatives – saving at least £30** on plastic bottles of cleaning sprays

CLEAR Community founder, Chani Leahong said:

‘These are tough times, many of us are really feeling the pinch. Every penny counts, so we’d urge people, who don’t already, to compare costs on a like-by-like basis between zero waste/refill stores and fruit and veg stores/stalls versus supermarkets. If you’re someone who uses a lot of herbs and spices, you could save a small fortune getting them refilled!

‘Shopping in this way saves a huge amount of waste being created – much of which can’t easily be recycled and gets shipped around the world until it eventually often gets dumped or burnt.

It might take some time to do their research, but hopefully they find that what’s good for their pocket is good for the planet too’