• Shashwat Garg

7 ways going Eco Friendly helps save money

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

In Hindu mythology Goddess Lakshmi is associated with wealth, fortune, prosperity, beauty, power, and well-being. She is an avatar of Goddess Parvati. This avatar of hers is worshipped along with two other avatars- Maa Durga and Maa Saraswati, each with their own unique abilities during the festival of Navratri.

With the Hindu belief of Maa Laxmi visiting Earth for the next few days, we figured why not create a guide which can help us save money and prosper by going eco-friendly.

“Realise the political power of your money and spend it with the brands you know are treating their workers and the environment in the best possible way.”

-Lily Cole

There is a myth that going Eco-friendly is more expensive than regular shopping. Look at it this way: by going eco-friendly, you are buying items that can be reused over and over again for years to come. This means that you are not only reducing waste but also repurposing it to serve the best possible outcome. We can save up on so many unnecessary expenses and imagine all the traveling we can do when we save some money here and there. The more eco-friendly we go, the more money we will save, and more money means more fortune and prosperity. Another benefit of going eco-friendly is that we will be reducing the pressure that our environment faces due to excessive pollution and waste generation. Did you know: India is the 12th largest plastic polluter and 10th in the world with municipal waste generation?

It is not bad since India also has the second-highest population in the world but we have a long way to go.

Indian culture has been eco-friendly for a very long time. Some of the habits that were passed on from generation to generation include how to be mindful about money and buy only the things that we need. For example, we can use steel glasses instead of plastic ones. Even though the steel glasses are expensive, they can be used for years on end and will eventually help us save money in the long run. If you know an Indian NRI or otherwise, you should take a walk in their kitchens.

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

-Robert Swan

We need to understand our own share and contribution and take steps to rectify it. If you really want to lead a zero-waste life, the first room to change in your home has to be the kitchen, that would be your first step towards Zero Waste.

Here are some swaps that you can make to take your first step towards eco-friendly practices:

Zero Waste and Sustainable lifestyle tips
Easy Zero Waste tips
  1. We can use pieces torn from old clothes for cleaning and dusting instead of buying cloth rags from the market or using tissues.

  2. We can even store different whole spices, lentils, staples, pulses, etc. for long periods, by cleaning and storing in airtight containers. You can also put either neem leaves or bay leaf, etc. to act as pest resistance instead of mass-produced chemical medicines.

  3. We can use glass jars or metal containers to store food instead of plastic containers.

  4. We can go for reusable ziplock bags to store food in for the long term. In my house, we use different thick plastic packaging to store food in the freezer. Sometimes they belong to the meat or frozen peas. After they are empty we wash them, clean them and reuse them instead of throwing them away.

  5. If you are a fan of straws, you can always use reusable steel straw instead of one-time-use plastic straws.

  6. If you use chopsticks when you are eating noodles or oriental dishes, you can find some pretty bamboo chopsticks that are reusable and not very expensive. I have been using mine for over 3 years now.

  7. We can use metal or steel plates and cutlery, instead of using paper or plastic plates. Even when you send food to someone, you can use steel containers and cutlery you use in the house. It helps give people a reason to talk and get to know each other.

These are just a few starters for the kitchen. Everything from your cleaning supplies to your water usage can contribute towards a zero-waste and sustainable lifestyle and help cut expenditures in unnecessary places.

We love celebrating festivals with not only joy but a lot of show. Every year celebrations get grander and grander, however with that comes the significant increase of waste. We have gotten busy in our own lives to plan fests and decorations the way our foremothers used to. They would account for the money spent and think of various ways that the decoration could be reused or the waste generated by them could be reduced.

Zero Waste and Sustainable livestyle celebrations for festivals
Celebrating the Eco friendly way
  1. We can choose statues that can dissolve quickly, for example, clay and mud, instead of Plaster of Paris.

  2. We can use biodegradable decorations such as flowers and leaves that can later be turned into compost for your gardens and plants.

  3. We can use natural dyes to paint the idols at home or even create rangolis.

  4. We can give each other saplings or gift seeds for different plants for various gifting purposes.

  5. We can choose to give each other sustainable gifts. Sustainable gifts are no longer drab or boring. You have slow fashion, baby care, hair care products that look great and also smell amazing.



While our festivals teach us different morals: like Dussehra teaches us that good always wins against evil, Christmas is the birth of Christ and ushering of a new era, Lohri is the festival where we honor the crops and thank the lords for providing us food and Ramdan that teaches us sacrifice, control, and empathy; It's time we learn one more thing with our festivals- how to stand up for our mother earth.


If you want to read more hacks and know more about achieving a zero-waste lifestyle in the other rooms of the house, as well as the other festivals that are celebrated in India. Let us know in the comments below!


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The content belongs to Khakhed and the writer. To use it please send an email to: khakhed@gmail.com

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