7 “Eco-Friendly” Habits That Are Mostly Just Money-Wasters | The Financial Diet

7 “Eco-Friendly” Habits That Are Mostly Just Money-Wasters | The Financial Diet

100 Replies to “7 “Eco-Friendly” Habits That Are Mostly Just Money-Wasters | The Financial Diet

  1. Please do proper research before doing any more videos on this topic. You are giving out the completely wrong message! It's ridiculous.

  2. Most zero wasters use their plastic Tupperware until it dies, I don't know many that would encourage throwing out all of your Tupperware. But again plastic Tupperware does not last nearly as long as it use to it breaks down fast. Buying produce that is already in glass jars is a great way to transition from plastic to glass. I think this video needed more research.

  3. It comes down to one at a time. That's it. The more that we aren't for it the more they (company) will lose interest in marketing the thing.

  4. I’m not zero-waste. I am low-waste. I use tupperware because it lasts for ages. One of my tupperware pots my mum gave to me she had for over 25 years. Also this video was very informative.

  5. As annoying as this sort of lifestyle greenwashing can be, it has served to shift social norms in the right direction. As more people start seeing themselves as green-minded and feel socially rewarded for making ostensibly green lifestyle choices, they are more likely to engage in more impactful environmental actions down the road.

  6. Sorry, but I hate this video:

    1. People vote with their money. Sure, big companies produce the most pollution but that doesn't mean that they as a company are inherently bad. They make the products they do because it has a market. Of people. Who buy. The thing. I do not understand why individual people's choices wouldn't matter? I think Hank Green made a good vid about this a while ago.

    2. Eco-people (esp zero waste people) ALWAYS encourage to use up old products and then finding a better alternative. Usually the better alternative is self-made, recycled etc.

    3. Point about having everything replaced one-on-one is valid, but eco-friendly influencers have to make money too. To get an eco friendlier market means you have to create an eco-friendly market. Its up to the people to decide do they buy the thing or can they make up the thing with stuff they already have.

    4. Ecoists have a strong attitude because we are living in a fucking crisis. We need to get as many people to understand the magnitude of things they don't need that harm the environment.

    6. Ofc brands try to emphasize how eco-friendly they are because fortunately it is a growing market and will be for the foreseeable future. It. Is. Up. To. The. Consumer. To. Decide. What. Is. Best.

    7. People are afraid of politics. Its hard for a regular person to contact an mp etc. Neither can they influence the market as fast as consumer habits do. Or have you ever seen a parliamentary change occur as fast as companies got fidget spinners to global scale production?

    I do understand what you were going for with this video, but you've done it a clickbaity, one-sided argument with an ad at the end.

  7. I am actually spending less money since I have reduced my waste!

    I buy only what I need, the only item I bought was a reusable cup and that is saving many useless coffee cup!

  8. I'm sorry to say that this video is much longer than it needed to be. The title's topic wasn't discussed until almost four minutes into the video. There is no reason to drag things out for this long.

    It would have been better to simply devote a sentence or two to, "Here's the problem." And then devote another few sentences to "Here's the solutions " None of these ideas require more than a minute to discuss.

  9. at 5 min. watching: thank you! Really, I'm very happy to see that
    i'm not the only one thinking that way: Zero Waist: zero step is using everything we already have until it doesn't work or be damage!!! What's the point of get rid off every plastic in our house just because is plastic??? Reuse it!!! Now let me watch the rest of your video. (sory the bad english, portuguese girl here)

  10. You say, it's the companies who are the most poluting. But isn't the best action against that, stop using what they are producing? So then suddenly, zero wast isn't such a bad thing after all. We can't stop them by saying, shouting, screaming they have to stop, because they'll say, 'but people still buy our stuff, so I don't care what you are saying'. If you don't buy their stuff anymore they start thinking, because it effects their profit, so they have to rethink their strategies.

  11. Girl you said what I've been thinking. Ppl want a simple fast solution, but that's not how life really is.

  12. I feel like this video just scratched the surface on what it is to be low waste or eco friendly.
    We can all try our best, we don’t need to be perfect. We just need to be conscious about our purchases and our planet

  13. #6 could be really easily restated as "if it is worth doing, it is worth half assing." We might not be perfect, but even a small change will make a difference. We don't need a few people to be perfect, we need everyone to be better. I've before made the point that if every American could cut back on driving enough to save even just one gallon a week of fuel, that would add up to hundreds of millions of gallons less per year that the country uses. That small changes add up when everyone makes them attitude can apply to almost everything.

  14. Great points, maybe they're a little more aimed at people who have skimmed through Instagram photos or something though, because if you really look into the zero waste movement, it is nothing like that and most people would agree with all the points you have made. I literally just did a zero waste shop today, so I can tell you right now what I did and it didn't involve any mason jars. Keep in mind that whilst I am not on super high wages, I am lucky enough to be able to earn enough that I can splurge a little more on certain items and balance it out with cheaper ones, also keep in mind that I live in a very affordable city that has all of these facilities in walking space. I mention both of those points to say that I acknowledge my privilege and that not everyone is able to do this, everyone can do something though and it is just about doing what you can..

    Okay so, my first stop was at the farmers market, I got a lot of very cheap vegetables and avoided the few that were in plastic, as well as some eggs. These items all came from local farmers and the chook eggs were free range. I did not use any fancy sustainable cotton bags, I used my old plastic reusable bags which we are now told are super unsustainable, but they are what I had on hand. Some of these were bought in the past before I knew better, some canvas ones I have gotten for free with little promotional things in the past. The eggs were prepackaged as I'm not perfect and am just trying my best.

    I then went to a local bulk food store, I got dried cranberries, cocoa powder, white chocolate and curry powder. All but the curry powder are for adding to other ingredients I have at home to bake my own snacks so I don't need packaged muesli bars etc. To get these items I used an old disposable plastic bowl with a lid that I have had for months/years now that I got takeaway in one night, an old 1kg hummus container and two plastic jars that were used as party bags at a child's birthday I went to back in December. I did also grab a couple of items that were prepackaged here, as I said, not perfect. But 2/3 of the items were in glass and they were from local farmers/companies- milk, butter and coconut milk.

    Then I headed to the butcher and got sausages and chicken in another old takeaway bowl with a lid and an old margarine container.

    I can assure you there is nothing aesthetic about my pantry/fridge and that this is what most honest, everyday, non-instagram zero-wasters look like. My partner works at a big chain supermarket too so he will bring things home on their use by date and we will freeze them. It saves a lot of money and yes, they are wrapped in plastic, but those items are headed for the bin anyway if they stay at the supermarket so at least we prevent food waste that way.

    I didn't buy any bread/bakedgoods today, but if I had of, I would have used my old pillowcase.

    I am part of many zero waste groups locally on Facebook and I can assure you that what my picture of zero waste looks like is actually further along the path than most people in the movement. We're not a bunch of perfectionists, just people trying our best and supporting others to try their best too.

    As one last note, when I say everyone can do something, I mean it. Two free things that make a huge impact are
    1. Contacting companies and politely asking them to reconsider their business practices; and
    2. Picking up rubbish wherever you walk

  15. Like your stuff but the ‘Eco friendly bad habit’ are things I’ve literally seen multiple people for each day not to do.

  16. You lost me at "governments which can compel all of its citizens to comply". The government is already bloated enough and cannot be trusted to have the people's nor the environment's well-being in mind. I'll continue to recycle and conserve, thanks.

    I like my reusable plastic water bottle, insulated canvas shopping bag, reusable K-cup (even if I dispose of the paper filters I use with it, lest I get grounds in my coffee), and my empty plastic ice cream bucket from Walmart. I should have done it much sooner, but recently I've stopped using the tiny plastic cups of half and half when I drink coffee at work twice a day. Now I bring a glass bottle filled with half and half from a carton I have at home. I've started buying household items, furniture, and even clothing and shoes from yard sales, although it's admittedly to save some cash rather than for the environment. I've also gotten plenty of "post-yard sale specials" for free.

    My house is still fueled by natural gas, though. The only way I would invest in solar panels is if the furnace were very old and had to be replaced anyway, but the furnace in the house I just bought is only 5 years old!

  17. The effort has to come from both ends. Consumer behaviors do drive a lot of business, so if pressure (taxes/ laws on transparency + accountability) is put on producers WHILE consumers make, meantime, more thoughtful choices, that is gold. The idea is spreading awareness (education, understanding) about what's happening, so the majority, regardless of economic situation, can live more sustainably/ healthily. Being aware of problematic products/ uses/ habits is essential to building a greener, more balanced Earth. It's not so simple as "consumers v. producers" (as in picking a side to take charge), although, your emphasis on urgency for production accountability (& from my perspective, transparency), is spot-on.

    Although I can see where you're coming from, I do not view zero waste as being a "privilege." If you look at many zero waste leaders' work, they are bent heavily on "refuse" & "reuse," & offer options for those who are used to practicing [unintentionally unsustainable] recycle (if at all). Also, as someone who has personally gone through extremely challenging times, I became zero waste fairly naturally (albeit not necessarily effortlessly), in that I didn't buy clothes, accessories, technologies, or other items that would have been considered "luxury" for my situation. Dear friends from school who were graduating/ moving away would offer quite beautiful belongings they wished not to bring along ; I made use of coconut oil/ jam jars for my lack of Tupperware. One bowl, one pair of chopsticks. All my things were reusable. A person of less means, financially, can find a very fulfilling way to be zero waste without purchasing more. That's the point.

    I appreciate the distinction made between "zero waste" & "all-out plastic phobia," i.e. making more trash in going for a "zero waste aesthetic." Perhaps encouraging this angle more, & the suggestions toward the end about going beyond one's personal space to make a difference, & showing audiences how, can be more communicative & productive.

  18. Wow. Going after the corporations? I bet no one working on this issue for years and years and years has ever thought of that! (It is true that the 'eco-friendly' label is being used for marketing purposes. This criticism would be much more credible if this video entitled 'The Worst Environmentalist Habits' hadn't adopted a provocative strategy putting the blame on 'environmentalists.' Very disappointing.)

  19. Most zero-waste influencers advise u not to throw out reusable plastic stuff, just to replace it with other eco friendlier materials when u need a new one

  20. one of the more famous zero waste YTers have said again and again to use your plastic that you have until its no longer good or useable and phase over towards glass and metal containers. for myself I go to 2nd hand store or charity area and get the bedsheets that are no longer useable due to rips or stains and sew those into utensil pouches, napkins and produce bags.

  21. There's always that one asshole with the list and time stamps. And with them are the "busy" "get to the point" ppl. Y'all are obnoxious

  22. It’s sad to see that most comments are responding to state their offense as if the zero waste community is being personally attacked in this video. If you are offended, you are missing the point of this video. I got an entirely different message. There is an underlying consumerist agenda with the zero waste movement in that companies are selling stuff under the guise that you need this in order to be part of the movement. Corporate waste is much greater and yet ignored in the conversations of zero waste. Many zero-waste promoters are looking for bragging rights on Instagram. Now, this is not to say that there are not many people out there making conscious decisions on the stuff they own, buy, or participate in. It’s just that maybe they don’t feel the need to gain a label, join a “community”, or take selfies with Mason jars. Maybe some of us have been drinking from jars for 30+ years now. Some folks can just see through the sales pitch. Great video worthy of many shares. Thanks, TFD.

  23. Thank you for what you said about people living in "food deserts". I get frustrated sometimes with Youtubers who say "just go to your farmers' market or bulk food store", etc. It's not that simple for a lot of us.

  24. Agree 100% with this video. While I have been working on my personal reduction of waste, It is not viable global solution because of the economic and accessibility factors stated in the video. Also, how do you even convince millions and billions of people to be eco-friendly? You can't! The responsibility needs to be shifted on the government and corporations!

  25. I have no idea what zero waster she's been talking to, because none of the ones I have listened to encouragescu us to replace objects before their life cycle is over.

  26. This is not a good representation of what real zero waste lifestyle is, this seems to be a rip on the big influencers or instagrams that sell eco stuff but when you watch people who are good eco vlogers because they tell you to use up what you have first make sure you fit it for your lifestyle and thrifting clothes and how to make stuff and using plastic containers when you already have it or you can donate them and switch to glass so that way you have something more microwave friendly and has no BPA worries

  27. I agree with u. I am trying to be mindful and using what I have before buying and also being conscious of my auto habits like Dunkin coffee when I am out etc.. we don’t need to be hippies living off grid to make a difference..

  28. I guess a lot of companies use influencers to sell eco friendly stuff, years ago people wanted luxury, then they wanted freedom, then equal rights, now it's saving the planet and they really try to make money out of it.

  29. The best environmentalist point, for the layperson, is that bottled water is $1-2 for a single bottle. A good water bottle is $10 and can be used for a looooong time. I have used a 99 cent Walmart bottle for about 2 or 3 months straight, almost every single day. I had to toss it because the plastic had my teeth marks and the printing had worn off (and the plastic thread were sticking due to overuse). But that per-fill cost was literally a penny or two.

  30. This video is stupid. Most zero waste YouTubers talk about these things as well. The movement talks about all of these things. People who put in the effort to try to go zero waste really do care about what they are actually doing not just if they look like it. Yes, there are those who just do it for looks but those people are assholes that you should point out every time so they feel shame and actually change

  31. That’s true. I feel like when people think of eco friendly lives they think of having aesthetic brand supplies or throwing out everything they already have for things that are “better”. If you want to throw things that are damaging the environment like plastic bottles and straws to replace them with things that help like non plastic bottles and straws, that’s fine. But if you already have a sustainable bottle but you saw on a random aesthetically pleasing blog or instagram that hydro flasks or swells are good bottles, don’t go and throw the one you already have away.

  32. There's good ideas in here, like you keep mentioning "reduce " is the key thing you keep on referencing, that's what it comes down to. Also, those 100 companies you mentioned are run on money, so not supporting them by spending money on them and shopping elsewhere instead makes a difference. There's also so much evidence to show that a vegan diet is the best thing we as individuals can do to help the environment, flexitarian is something people can follow instead. I've been buying only second hand clothing for nearly 2 years now (only buying clothes when necessary) and that's an even better choice as it's literally reducing waste. Great content here, good to see more of it 😊

  33. So much truth in this video that will definitely hit a nerve with some extremists 😂 trying to go zero waste can be really overwhelming. Specially if you see all day posts bashing people’s not so sustainable choices and making them feel guilty about all those marine life that are dying or that you’re guilty of the horrific fires of the Amazon’s because you eat meat (even if your meat is locally raised). I am making a lot of transitions mostly to save money and be healthier and stop buying so much stuff that we don’t need. You have to be careful with so much self-gratification online by eco-friendly, vegan “influencers” that indirectly make you feel less because you’re not in their bandwagon. I work as an Industrial Hygienist and have a degree in environment health and waste production (as this lady mentioned) is much more bigger than the individual. Ironically in my field of testing and sampling and sending to labs creates soooooo much waste. Even in hospitals and such, so much single use equipment that has to be thrown away. And let’s bot even talk about the prices of some of these eco-friendly/sustainable products. Yes, it’s worthy and it costs more to produce sustainably, but some people can’t just afford it or even make it.

  34. Not sure what bloggers she's watching but I follow a lot of zero-waste influencers and groups and I've never heard anyone encouraging people to throw out what you have and buy everything new! I think this was an excuse for a video. Most zero-waste gurus I follow talk about just using what you have and stop buying new, shop local when you can and just consume less overall. I'm going to stop following this person since she constantly tried to come across as intelligent but seriously doesn't do a lot of research! She never quotes her sources so what is she reading or watching?

  35. Actually, most of the zero waste influencers I follow, keep on harping that you should finish using all your existing products and make use of what you already have before you opt for 'cool zero waste stuff'. For instance, the channel sustainably vegan even had a video with all the zero waste mistakes that she did and advised others not to do so. So I think this video kind of misses those points.

  36. This video is everything!! I read an article on The Good Trade recently that goes deep into the last point you made—about how we need to pursue more than just //consuming// consciously and instead more broadly live consciously.

  37. The brick and mortar vs. Online cow makes no sense. EVERYTHING has to be delivered to the store so one car dropping off at multiple homes, or multiple cars driving to a store that has to have their stuff delivered too. I have worked in distribution centers. It takes a ton more plastic to ship to stores than to individuals.

  38. I don't get why so many of these zero-waste bloggers advocate for bamboo cutlery. What's the point when I have perfectly good silverware at home that I can carry in my bag when I bring in a lunch? Moreover, my mother, who is the kind of person to reuse items until they are completely depleted, has a large container at home full of plastic cutlery she got with takeout. When she uses, say, a plastic fork, she just washes it and puts it back.

  39. Comparing a mason jar to a tupporware one is kindof a bad example though cause while i have to buy tuppor whare mason jars come free with my peanutbutter and honey
    Plus im not scared of what chemicals might come out if i microwave it?

  40. I think that we don’t have to nitpick each other for the choices that we make as long as we are making a good contribution for the environment no matter how small that is. We can’t be perfect and say we are zero waste but by making a little difference goes a long way☺️💕

  41. I think that we don’t have to nitpick each other for the choices that we make as long as we are making a good contribution for the environment no matter how small that is. We can’t be perfect and say we are zero waste but by making a little difference goes a long way☺️💕

  42. I think that we don’t have to nitpick each other for the choices that we make as long as we are making a good contribution for the environment no matter how small that is. We can’t be perfect and say we are zero waste but by making a little difference goes a long way☺️💕

  43. The kindle vs paper book thing is a bit of a myth really. You'd have to read an enormous amount of books on your kindle before actually making up for the energy necessary to produce the kindle, which most people simply don't do (even if i wanted I know I'm too slow of a reader to read a new book every single week). And that's not even considering the polluting chemicals necessary to make a kindle, rare minerals that aren't renewable or ethical etc, whereas most books nowadays are at least partially made from recycled paper or from well managed forests that are replanted continuously. And most people don't use a kindle as a replacement for paper books but rather use it to have a more portable digital version of their bookshelf, which annihilates any positive impact it might have had originally.

  44. Ummmm I’m sorry but… I’m lower class. And making a zero waste switch has actually SAVED me money.

    I think you’re sooo misinformed on zero waste, because zero waste has made me buy less, not buy expensive alternatives. And literally NO zero waste person will tell you to throw out your Tupperware to switch to “eco friendly” containers.

    I think you’re basically targeting 16 year olds who are drawn to green washing companies and aesthetic rather than actual zerowasters

  45. Amen! I live in HK and a lot of my friends are buying these fancy pretty cups to carry around but get takeout in styrofoam. There is a food place around every corner in HK, there is not much of a good reason why we need to get takeouts. It is much more than buying these eco-friendly items, it is about how we make our everyday lifestyle choices.

  46. Sometimes I wish YouTube had a heart instead of just a thumbs up. But then I remember that I can use a heart emoji. ❤️ this video is on point.

  47. Makes sense.
    I was watching a zero waste video yesterday where the host went zero waste for 7 days.
    Within those 7 days he threw away his plastic toothbrush (probably had plenty of usage left) and bought a bamboo cutlery set instead of taking cutlery from home.

  48. Not gonna lie when she first said we grew up with the 3Rs I thought she was gonna say Respect, Responsibility, Reliability which is what I grew up with. Respect other people, mother earth and yourself. Take responsibility for your actions and your words. Be reliable, so others can depend on you and you can depend on others. THAT'S what was drilled into my head growing up. Reduce, reuse, and recycle was just common practice, things we did but didnt think about.

  49. There's not reason why people can't try to adjust their lifestyle AND try to change the system. Also, as for your argument about environmentally sustainable clothing, thrifting is a cheap and accessible way to shop sustainably. It seems like you've never heard out most low-wasters, who are also advocates for systemic change and environmental justice, not just the surface-level beauty of minimalism. If you care about people and our planet, it's important to listen and collaborate with people so we can all work together for a better future.

  50. I would like to add this: losing the bigger picture. Often comes in the form of bikeshedding (= arguing about trivialities while major problems exist).
    I.e. discuss endlessly if it's ok to buy organic cucumber if it comes in plastic – but don't think twice on taking a flight on vacation, living in a much to big house, use fossil (&nuclear) energy, own and use a car even if it's not necessary, eat animal based food. Vote for politicians who don't offer a compelling plan to fight climate change, mass extinction, and invironmental destruction. Changing these habits have a major impact, but require some insight, motivation, and energy to change. Buying a cucumber – or not – is easy and there is nothing to lose…

  51. 100% agree! Thank you for making this! And most millennials seem to forget the first 2 R’s… reduce and reuse! Sooo much focus on recycling, which when you look into it isn’t necessarily the best option.

  52. Ladies and gentlemen, she is not talking to the zero wasters. She is talking to people drawn in be many of the aesthetic portrayals of the move,ent and want to jump right into the aesthetic or fixed life style.

  53. Getting rid of plastic food containers is more about protecting your health than simply being sustainable. Plastic containers leech chemicals into your food, whereas glass doors not!
    You're advocating sacrificing your health for saving money, regardless of the environmental effects!

  54. This passive agressive video does not help much or make low wasters learn new things. Real low wasters do not get rid of their containers and other things just to buy new fancy stuff in order to show off, like you mentionned 40 times in this video. And the fact that a person follows the zero waste movement doesn’t mean that they won’t consider other environnemental issues, like palm oil, meat consumption, etc. Low wasters are very aware that the principal problem implies companies practices and gouvernement choices, but they still want to do their own effort and influence other people to do so. Why is this so bad?
    Also, the fact that a low waster cares about aesthetic in their house and their environment (which you probably get in the videos you watched just to find arguments to criticise them better) doesn’t make them superficial. I guess they should be surrounded by ugliness all the time so it would be more credible to you??

  55. im sorry but the studies saying online purchasing have a larger carbon footprint are hogwash.
    What do they teleport the products to brick and mortar shops? No they use airplanes boats trains and poorly designed deisel engined semi trucks the same way internet purchases do but when it comes to your house it is usually a natural gas vehicle bringing it from the warehouse which are already delivering other things they act like each package has its own truck. its just bad research if there even was any involved at all. plus if its in a shop people also have to drive there usually, i just dont get their blind eye to the rest of the happenings involved

  56. You forgot “only buying organic produce” (yes, I'm only talking about produce here, even if I sometimes say “food”, cause animal products are a whole different story). Honestly, this one bothers me A LOT, because people keep throwing around “organic” like it's the Holy Grail of food, when it's basically just a scam. “Organic” is basically the designer brand of food. It's not healthier, nor more functional or any better for the environment, but you pay more for the label.

    Organic produce needs more land to produce the same amount of crop as conventional, non-organic produce. So if everyone decided to only buy organic food starting right now, we'd run out of land to produce enough food for the same amount of people. Considering that the global population keeps growing, that's what scientists would call “a bad idea”. I'm not saying conventional farming is perfect in every way, but if it's one thing, it's efficient.

    And every miniscule benefit for the environment that organic farming may or may not have when it comes to other factors like pesticide use goes straight down the toilet when you just have unhealthy consumer habits. Say you live in Europe, but you still wanna have lots of avocados and mangos, which have to be shipped in from America and also need hella water to be produced. Or if you wanna have strawberries and cherries all year round, cause at least part of the year they have to be imported as well and that too is pretty bad for the environment.

    Instead of worrying about about organic vs non-organic, people should focus on primarily buying local AND seasonal produce. For your health it doesn't make a difference which kind you buy, but it DOES make a huge difference for your wallet and your carbon footprint. You can buy all organic and still have a much worse environmental footprint than someone who doesn't buy organic at all, but makes an effort to buy local and seasonal food.

    Bottom line is: Only buying organic is at best a misguided effort at clearing your conscience and a waste of money and at worst actively harmful, counterproductive and negligent, when you shame people for buying conventional food and they instead adopt more unhealthy habits like buying organic food imported from across the globe.

  57. You're mixing up "Instagram zero waste" with the actual zero waste movement. If you're zero waste for real you won't buy anything new until your old things are literally coming apart and then replace it with those shiny instagram friendly sustainable options. Most people will save money by going zero waste.

  58. What an amazing video! Not only I thought "Yes! I've been saying that for years!" but also some "huh, I've never thought about it before…".

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