15 April 2012

Step Down Sunday: Save Pennies & Planet

One complaint you often hear is that going eco-friendly is just too expensive, and while it may never compare to value brands, there are ways to reduce the costs. Bicarbonate of soda can be used for cleaning round the house as well as washing your hair, but when you buy a small containers from the baking aisle of Tesco the costs soon start adding up!

The first trick is to branch out and try different stores. Rather than driving around searching through local shops, I’ve found many things I’m looking for from Ethical Superstore. The only problem is their shipping charges. I don’t want to spend £3.95 shipping, or buy £40 worth of stuff to qualify for free shipping each time I need some bicarbonate of soda. But if you keep your eyes open, there are special offers you can take advantage of. Over the Easter holiday, you only had to spend £20 to qualify for free delivery.

The second trick is that bigger is often better - while that 200g canister of Tesco bicarbonate of soda is £1 - the 500g box pictured on the right is just £1.75 from Ethical Superstore. And while a 350ml bottle of cider vinegar is £1.45 from Tesco, the 750ml bottle of organic cider vinegar is £2.29 from Ethical Superstore.

Two boxes of bicarb and a bottle of vinegar doesn’t come close to the £20 I needed for free shipping, but I discovered Ethical Superstore also carries Method Laundry Refill packs. We’ve been using Method Laundry Cleaner a while because it’s sustainable, eco-friendly, vegan and doesn’t test on animals and has no parabens - Oh and it washes well too! - but we’ve never seen the refill packs for sale. A normal 25 wash bottle is about £6, but the refill pack is £13.99 for 85 washes!

High Street
Ethical Superstore
1kg Bicarbonate of Soda
75CL Cider Vinegar
Method Laundry Liquid(85 Washes)


Saving £10 may not seem like much to some people, but I think saving about a 1/3 over normal high street prices helps make eco-friendly cleaners a more competitive option.

To Read More:

Step Down Sunday - No Poo: Week One
Step Down Sunday - No Poo: Week Two
Step Down Sunday - Save Pennies & Planet

Step Down Sunday Have you made any Steps Down this week?

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