As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, the number of people struggling to make ends meet has drastically increased, with recent research from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) stating that six in ten adults are struggling to keep up with their bills.
With the cost of living crisis top of the news agenda, and businesses and consumers still recovering from the aftermath of Covid 19, many may think that focusing on the climate crisis is one crisis too many under the current circumstances.
Right now, living more sustainably might not seem within many people’s budgets. Being eco-conscious is often associated with purchasing expensive alternatives, such as solar panel installation or the purchase of an electric vehicle. But, in reality, you can do lots of simple, practical things to go green and save money.
At ReLondon – a partnership between the Mayor of London and the London boroughs to help us waste less and reuse, repair, share and recycle more – we have five top tips which might help us all save a little bit on our outgoings right now:
Cut down on food waste
More than a third of the food produced globally is never eaten. This not only causes a huge amount of unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, it’s a waste of money. One good idea is to download the free mobile app Kitche, which helps you reduce food waste at home with a ‘virtual fridge’. It tracks what you’ve bought and reminds you when to use it. It also suggests tasty recipes and provides food storage tips.
Share the food you don’t want
There are lots of ways to pass on extra food or benefit from food that someone else has been unable to eat. OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other, enabling you to share unwanted food – or be given someone else’s for free.