A few years ago, we realised something had to change. We were both earning a middle class income (factory worker & teacher), yet were living payday to payday. We didn’t have any debt, apart from the mortgage, and we paid our bills on time. Yet, we weren’t getting ahead financially.
We were also heading quickly towards our mid-40s, realised we didn’t have enough superannuation to retire and wanted to have our mortgage paid off before turning 60. We also had two young children (one with health complications) and two teenagers at home.
Around the same time we were becoming increasingly concerned at the amount of waste our household produced, and the declining sustainability of the environment.
We then implemented The Barefoot Investor strategies. This had a massive positive impact on how we managed money.
Every single expense was examined and reduced or deleted if possible, whilst at the same time we were making huge changes to reduce our household waste.
It was then I had an epiphany – by reducing our household waste, we were also saving money and reducing our environmental footprint.
At the end of 2018 we started a blog called Sustainable Living. The purpose of the blog is to share our sustainability journey with a focus on the connection between money and the environment.
Every dollar you spend is a vote for the future you want.
Then the idea was born to create an online shop to make it easy for other people to find and purchase quality eco-friendly products.
Sustainable Living Shop Online was created for YOU to make it easy for you to use your purchasing power to buy products that are good for you, your community and the planet.
It’s as easy as buying beeswax wraps rather than plastic cling wrap. Or a stainless steel drink bottle rather than a plastic bottle.
Whilst there are a few single use compostable items in the shop, the majority of products are items that can be used over and over again. Now, that’s a win for the environment and your wallet.
Every small sustainable change counts!