Christians Against Poverty - Monthly Advice Column - JUNE 2023
By Christians Against Poverty on 13/06/2023
Miles Picknell - Manager of the Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre, Upminster
Five ways to care for the environment through budgeting well
With World Environment Day, Ocean Day and Refill Day all happening in June, it’s obvious there’s a big focus on caring for our planet around the world. There are a host of ways you can care for the planet through actively cutting costs and saving your money! Here are five eco-friendly tips on how to care for the environment through budgeting well.
Learn how to budget
Not only will a budget be kind to your bank account and stress levels, but it will be kind to the environment too. It can help you confront unhealthy spending habits such as buying new things when you could perhaps reuse, repurpose or fix items you already have. Take some time to look through your expenses; you’ll soon see where you’re spending your money.
Environment Friendly Fashion
If you’re looking for a new outfit, perhaps organise a clothes swap with friends – it costs nothing and saves garments from going to landfill.
Set a timer for your shower
You may already know that a shower is supposed to be cheaper than running a bath, but who hasn’t stood under the hot faucet for longer than they intended? Help yourself save water and keep that shower short by setting a timer or perhaps use your favourite song as a timekeeper.
Store food properly
Did you know that over 30% of food is wasted every day across the globe? Discover how to store food properly through a simple online search. Did you know that some food will fare well in airtight containers whereas others keep better in dark and well ventilated areas? See how much further you can make your pound go through learning some helpful tips.
Acknowledge you can’t do it alone
The idea of ‘saving the planet’ through our own individual efforts is overwhelming and unrealistic. We can all play our part in making a difference but we need help across governments and businesses.
Similarly, we often need help from others if we’re struggling financially. If you or someone you know is struggling with debt or other financial challenges, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) offers free budgeting and expert debt help. Visit capuk.org to find out more or call 0800 328 0006.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity working with over 800 affiliated churches to deliver debt help, budgeting guidance, support to find work, life skills groups and more. Visit capuk.org to find out more.