Blog post 7: Is zero waste more expensive?

How much does it cost (or save) to become less/zero waste?

Of course, I also want to know it! Therefore, I decided to calculate it for you 😉

Cost calculation of my DIY cleaning products (explanation here below)

How much does it cost (or save) to become less/zero waste?

Of course, I also want to know it! Therefore, I decided to calculate it for you 😉

For cleaning products, I’ve been calculating the cost of each of the product I’m using and compared to a similar product. Of course, I did not compare the cheapest brand from the supermarket; but took the price from a well-known ecological brand here in Europe.

I’ll guide you through the table.

If you buy one kg or litre of each ingredient, you’ll pay about 42 euro for all of it (GREEN).

In the uncolored part of the table, I’ve calculated the quantity of each ingredient I needed for each of my cleaning product and calculated the final price per cleaning product (ORANGE).  I compared it to the price of the ecological brand I used to buy.

In conclusion, I saved 3x more money for the same amount of cleaning product. And I still have enough ingredients to make another batch of product!!!

In their book (I didn’t find the tables on internet), the “famille zero dechet” also compared the cost of cosmetics and cleaning products before and after they became zero waste. They found a factor 2 (saving 2x more money).

I realized that the zero-waste concept, is often coupled to healthier food, fair-trade and ecology. We all have our “specialty” or our motivation to live more ecologically, e.g. one eats less meat, another cares about water and energy waste, do not fly, or reduce plastics and waste volume.

Ideally, we should tackle ecology from all angles… but I’m not there yet, and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to claim that I don’t have any ecological footprint. So, let’s do what we can/want without culpability feelings. 😉

Let’s go back to the price. Packaging-free shops offers often biological food. If possible, they propose food produced locally. This implicates also that most of fruits and vegetables are seasonal and not flying of sailing oceans and seas to arrive to your plate. Sorry, strawberries are not growing in winter…

I’ve compared prices of few ingredients, between “my packaging-free shop”, buying bio in a regular supermarket, or in a bio-supermarket.

If you buy food with packaging, someone will pay the packaging you get… and it will probably not be the big multinational.

If we look at the comparison here above, buying bio is IN NOT MORE EXPENSIVE in specialized shops (packaging-free or bio-supermarket). As everywhere, supermarket offers more choice, and therefore different price range. However, if we all only go to the supermarket, small shops will disappear…

AND, if you go to a zero-waste shop, you will not be tempted by offers and you might save money by not buying plenty of other things which were not on your shopping list but taste so good 😉. If so, don’t forget your (home-made) reusable shopping bags!

If you want to save money, try the dishwasher and laundry powder. Both will be done in 10 min!

Anali