In a world where everything is disposable, it can be hard to know which products are worth your money.
It’s easy to feel like you have no choice but to buy disposable plastic water bottles and paper towels because they’re cheaper in the long run. But what if that wasn’t true? What if the price of these items was actually going up over time instead of down? In this article we’ll take a look at some things you should stop wasting money on because they harm the planet.
In a world where everything is disposable, it can be hard to know which products are worth your money. The best way to approach this predicament is to be aware of the environmental impacts that come with the product you’re buying. To save money and the environment, check out the following seven common items you should stop wasting money on because they harm both!
1. Keurig K-cups
The environmental impact of these tiny cups is astonishing – not only do they contain non-recyclable plastic but each cup contains a measly 11 grams of coffee, producing 21 times more waste than a conventional drip brew system. Not to mention the amount of waste from all those little plastic lids!
2. Bottled water
Bottled water is among the top 3 purchased drinks in the world, and for good reason – it’s convenient and tastes great! But there’s a dark side to this seemingly harmless beverage. The environmental impact of bottled water is staggering — 1 million bottles are purchased every minute worldwide, and despite being recyclable, 80 percent of plastic bottles become garbage. Not only does this have a huge environmental impact, but bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more than tap water!
3. Coffee pods
If you thought the problem with Keurig K-cups was bad, wait til you hear about coffee pod machines! These single-serve machines use coffee pods, which are made out of aluminum and cannot be recycled. Coffee pods produce more than 7 billion kilograms of waste every year, and they’re also incredibly expensive – one brand can cost up to $40 per pound.
4. Disposable razors
Disposable razors are environmentally harmful in many ways, yet they are still incredibly popular. Not only do razors create a lot of waste but the endless purchasing and replacing of them creates an enormous amount of plastic garbage – which can take hundreds of years to decompose.
5. Bottled salad dressing
Many types of bottled salad dressing are made with large amounts of sodium and other ingredients that can be harmful to your health, yet they cost up to 200 times the price of making it from scratch. Not only that, but bottled dressings create a lot of waste from their containers which cannot be recycled.
6. Paper coffee cups
Many coffee chains offer a discount if you bring your own cup, but the paper cups that they usually serve their hot beverages in are lined with plastic which makes them unrecyclable. The amount of waste produced by these things is staggering – Starbucks alone produces more than 4 billion cups per year.
7. Bottled water again
I know it may seem like an overkill to include bottled water twice, but there’s a reason – almost 50 percent of bottled water is tap water that has been filtered and packaged in single-use bottles. The cost of this convenience? Tap water costs around $0.50 per gallon, whereas the average price for bottled water is $8.60 per gallon!
If you are looking to save money and protect the environment, stop buying these 7 items that harm both. Bottled water is expensive and wasteful; disposable razors create an unbelievable amount of plastic garbage (and may not be as safe); paper coffee cups cannot be recycled and cause a huge environmental issue; Keurig K-cups produce tons of non-recyclable waste with each cup containing 11 grams of ground coffee for $0.25 per serving; bottled salad dressing has large amounts of sodium which can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure or obesity; coffee pods make up more than 7 billion kilograms of unrecyclable trash every year while costing 10 times more than regular drip brews. The only item on this list that you should continue buying is bottled water. Bottled water is convenient, tasty and low-cost because you are paying for quality tap water not distilled or reverse osmosis filtered H2O.