5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle

This 5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle post is sponsored by iHerb.

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle

These days my family is all about trying to be more eco-friendly while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. In the past several years, we have changed a lot about what we eat, how we run our household and really who we are as a family. This means giving up some things that we were paying more for and/or finding better ways to live our lives.

Here are 5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle that we do daily in our home. Being eco-friendly does not have to be cost prohibitive and I hope that these tips give you some great ideas on how you can live an affordable and eco-friendly lifestyle like we do.

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyleRecycle.

This seems like a no brainer but do you know that there are many cities that don't require recycling? We live in Atlanta and we are not required to recycle. Everyone gets the recycling bins but actually using it is another story. The best thing that we did with our recycling is to divine everything up. In our kitchen, we have a bin for trash, one for paper, one for glass and one for plastic. This gives me the opportunity to make certain our kids are recycling the right way and to see if I can find anything that can be upcycled. Everything then is put into our recycling bin outside for pickup. We made it as easy as possible to recycle in our household.


In our household, we reuse everything. Jars and plastic containers are in abundance re-purposed to hold things like:

  • markers
  • pens & pencils
  • crayons
  • earbuds
  • makeup & toiletries
  • and so much more.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to what you can reuse. Plastic containers make great planters; simply drill a few holes in the bottom for water to drain and you are ready to go. Check out a few of our favorite recycled crafts on this blog like: Upcycled K CUP Peacock | Upcycled Ice Crystal Mason Jar Candle Holder | Upcycled T-shirt Strip Headband  | Upcycled Mason Jar Lid Jewelry Dish | Upcycled Picture Frame. Honestly I can pretty much recycle or upcycle anything. Give it a try!

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyleWater.

Water makes up a large portion of our bodies and we all know the importance of drinking water every day but did you know that there are several easy ways you can save money & water in your home? Here are small changes that we made for a huge impact:

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and washing your hands. We never let water just run and if we do, we capture it.
  • Capture your extra water. Every bathtub in our home has buckets to capture the cold water as it heats up. We use this water for plants, our lawn, cleaning and more. It is amazing how much your water bill will go down.
  • Make certain that your appliances are energy efficient. Our dishwasher and washer were recently upgraded and we could tell the difference in our water bill immediately. Washes dishes and clothing by hand uses so much more water than your appliances.

Rethink your purchasing habits.

That new shirt that you are thinking of buying? Do you really need it? As we have pared down our wardrobes, we have also started buying less items of better quality. I would rather have one really nice eco-friendly, organic cotton, sustainable tshirt than five tees that I can get anywhere for cheap. I love knowing that my purchases are well thought out and that we are making sustainable choices.

In addition, between the two of us, my sister and I have six children ranging in ages from 9-17. We never buy anything for these kids without consulting the other because the chances are whatever we want to buy, one of our kid already has and has most likely outgrown. We have saved so much money this way and I would like to believe that our choices make a better impact on our environment.

We also share food especially after buying from warehouse stores. We frequently split large purchases to insure that everything is a fresh as possible and to have little or no waste.

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We all take vitamins and supplements in this house. We have been doing this for years. But what I hadn't been doing was price checking what I was ordering or really paying attention the ingredients. We had it all sent automatically to our home which was just very easy to do.

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5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyleTo get my entire family to eat breakfast each day, we became a smoothie family and have never looked back. Every single morning, all five of us enjoy a smoothie for breakfast and I add Paradise Herbs ORAC Energy Greens to every smoothie so that I know we are getting what we need. Each canister of the ORAC Energy Greens contains:

  • Organic Alkalizing Greens
  • Organic Berries
  • Organic Veggies
  • Superfood Concentrates
  • Herbal Adaptogens
  • Probiotics
  • and More.

One scoop and I know that we have all had fruits and veggies plus many other things that are good for our bodies.

5 affordable ways to live an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyleMy husband takes the MegaFood Men Over 40 Daily which he loves because he can get everything that he needs from one tablet. For years, he was taking 7-9 pills per day because someone told him to do that. After doing his research, he found that he could get what he needed from this tablet plus now it only costs 1/4 of what we used to pay because he can get it from iHerb. He loves that he knows exactly what he's taking and that he is getting the best price available.

My kids used to take several different pills a day to get what I thought they needed. Again, after some research, I found that they could also get everything that they needed from these MegaFood Kids One Daily tablets. For parents, getting kids to take multiple pills is pretty much an exercise in futility. Getting to them to take one tablet daily that gives them everything they need makes their mom a rockstar! 😉

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  1. robin Rue

    You have some awesome ideas here. I have been trying to upcycle as much as possible around my house.

  2. TColeman

    These are all such great tips. Sticking with these basics will do wonders.

  3. Alicia

    These are great tips! I’m a big fan of upcycling things. It always gives me a sense of pride when I can save something from the trash because I found another use for it 🙂

  4. Kathy

    I love all these ideas. I always recycle. I honestly hate to see all that go to waste when it can be recycled! I always turn off the water when I don’t use it. I hate to see it get wasted when others are just leaving it on for no reason..that usually bugs me.

  5. Your ideas for living greener and being good to the earth are all wonderful. These strategies are simple to do, too, so there’s no excuse not to get the whole family to live a more eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle.

  6. these are all fantastic tips! I am a huge fan of upcycling and our family is committed to recycling everything! We all need to do our part-as for vitamins- well I am definitely going to check out the ones you feature in your post! Thanks for putting them on my radar!

  7. Sherry

    We have a great recycling program in my town. I don’t upcycle enough though. That is something I will have to work on. These are all great ideas.

  8. These are great tips! We recycle everything, and we upcycle as much as possible.

  9. These are excellent tips. iHerb sounds like an excellent line of supplements. I’ll have to show this to my wife.

  10. These are some awesome tips. I love the thought of being Eco Friendly while being healthy. I must admite I am always upcycling. Didn’t know that was a thing. However, it saves us money and the planet.

  11. These are great ideas. I like the one about capturing the water that is heating up. This is something that we don’t do currently.

  12. I have not heard of “upcycle” and it makes so much sense! We love MegaFood vitamins here!

  13. These are just simple things that we often neglect. I love upcycling used jars and containers.

  14. These sound like great ways to go green! I wish my town had a better recycling program!!!

  15. These are all great tips. I could stand to change up some of my habits to be more eco friendly.

  16. Ann Bacciaglia

    I have been working hard to change my diet. I want to add some greens to my routine. I will have to pick up some Paradise Herbs ORAC Energy Greens to try.

  17. Pam Wattenbarger

    I always try to be eco-friendly whenever I can. I love recycling, our neighborhood recently got a recycling route and it’s been great. These are great tips!

  18. We do what we can to live a more sustainable life. The kids are great about recycling.

  19. These are some really great ideas you shared! We recycle, but I would love to get better at upcycling. I wanna say my kids do a better job at upcycling than I do!

  20. Cacinda

    I am always trying to make an effort to be eco frienly. We do a lot of recycling in my house as well as upcycling.

  21. Meagan

    Recycling has gotten so easy. Our area gives us a recycle bin.

  22. Monica

    Fantastic tips – my family is committed to being eco friendly but there is always room for improvement. Also, I just saw my functional medicine MD and I need to work on several of my vitamin levels. These sound really great.

  23. These are all great tips! Every little bit you can do can make a huge difference. I make sure to recycle everything, and my go to shopping is thrift stores. I get a great deal on clothing that will get a second chance at life in my wardrobe.

  24. We do both recycle and upcycle stuff in our house. I just wish I was more crafty so I can make more useful things out of items I would consider throwing out. It is also a rule in the house to conserve water and turn off the lights when not in use.

  25. We try really hard to do everything we can thats better for the environment, and we try really hard to eat as healthy as possible. I need to switch out families daily vitamin to Mega Food vitamins, they seems great!

  26. These are great ideas! We always recycle and I love to upcycle whenever I can. We are also starting our own compost this spring.

  27. Jeanine

    These are some great ideas, We reuse and recycle pretty much everything we can! Would love to start growing our own veggies and fruit and compost more too!

  28. Thinking greener when purchasing items is a great focus. It’s really not hard to be green!

  29. These are new products for me. However, we are always looking for a greener and better lifestyle!

  30. rika

    Love these tips.  I bought their products and love the quality! Mega Foods brand is very good!

  31. I should really heed some of your advice. I don’t do enough to live greener and more eco-friendly. I should do more to recycle and upcycle to help the environment.

  32. Great suggestions! It’s too easy to make excuses (the biggest being affordability) to not live more sustainably. This post is proof you don’t have to be rich to be eco-conscious!

  33. Crystal

    I am not a hoarder. I am not a hoarder. I keep telling myself this. Now I can excuse my inability to throw things away by saying I’m living a more eco-friendly lifestyle!

  34. Lisa Heath

    We’ve started doing a lot of this stuff, but it’s so easy to fall into old habits! We definitely need to stick with it though, we recylce and upcycle a lot though!

  35. We recycle weekly and I think it’s so important to teach our kids to do it too.

  36. Great tips. I am definitely trying to live an eco friendly lifestyle.

  37. These are good tips. Thinking more about our purchases is the one that would help me the most. I am trying to be more careful about what I bring into my home. This decreases waste and clutter.

  38. Amanda Love

    It’s really important to have a financial plan or a budget that you can. follow. But these are all helpful as well!

  39. These are some great tips on living an eco-friendly lifestyle. I follow many of these already and will add the others to my routine.

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